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Manta Ray Bay Resort
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Colonia
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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53 reviews
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“Excellent dive resort”
Reviewed 26 June 2014

I visited Yap as a solo diver and had a great experience with Manta Ray Bay. They provided great facilities and dive staff along with a comfortable room and a unique dining and drinking experience aboard the Mnuw. Many dive spots accessed in a short amount of time which helps have a much better day of diving when you don't spend hours on the boat.They also arranged a trip to one of the local tribes to see and experience their village. Airport pick ups and drop offs were great as well.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
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Irvine, California
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

This was my second trip to the lovely Manta Ray Bay Resort, first in 2006 and recently in January 2014. The accommodations are truly lovely, with nicely decorated and large rooms, everything exceptionally clean, great staff and a great dive shop (Yap Divers). We spent many pleasant afternoons after a day of diving with the owner and his family, and they were very friendly and treated their guests like family. In 2006 we were unfortunate not to see any manta rays while scuba diving, and this recent trip more than made up for not seeing them previously. We had several wonderful manta ray encounters, with up to 7 mantas at one point in time gracefully soaring over our heads. We also had many incredible shark encounters while diving, on our last dive of the trip there were dozens circling over, under and around us at a well-named dive site called "Vertigo". The pace the entire week we were there was very relaxed, diving was unhurried, and the dive guides superb. We had great complimentary breakfasts every morning, and would relax and unwind at the outside bar on the top deck of the "Mnuw" most evenings. The "Mnuw" is a converted Indonesian schooner that serves as the resort’s bar and restaurant. Great breakfasts, drinks, great pizza and fries, and great staff. They even have their own beer, with "Stone Money" light and dark beer brewed on the premises. There is a bakery on the premises, which served up many fine breads and desserts with our meals. We had a fabulous time and will plan to return some day.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Santa Rosa, California
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4 reviews
Reviewed 22 April 2014

The resort is lovely. It is beautifully decorated and comfortable. People are very helpful and friendly. I had a wonderful few days of diving and enjoyed just hanging around relaxing. It was so nice to just have time to dive and enjoy the amazing animals and plants in the sea. The manta rays are the star attraction and they do not disappoint. I had the cuttlefish room and since I love cuttlefish it was a nice surprise to see all the decor in cuttlefish motif. I imagine the other rooms are similarly decorated with other sea creatures. My room had a balcony with a lovely view where I could watch the gorgeous sunset. It was also nice to just relax around the pool. The house made micro brew beer is excellent. Nice job!

Room Tip: I liked my cuttlefish room. Didn't see any others.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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Orange County, CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2014

I stayed at Manta Ray back in 1999 and had a great time. The owners really put a lot of money and care into the creation of this renovated hotel...wow. We had a great time with all the staff throughout. Missed the owners as they were in Brazil but not to worry as staff was really cool. I stayed in 306 which was an end unit suite...very nice and the rock shower was the bomb. Yap was one of four stop overs and a good 4 day trip. The best diving outside of Mantas is a 30 min boat trip to the end of the island but worth it as the hard corals are fantastic. These were my favorite dives but we did the shark and manta deal as well. Had a great time chewing beetle nuts, drinking Tuba, and visiting folks in the village. We brought a bunch of games, coloring books, and blinky light deals with us and handed them out to kids are various homes in the surrounding village...this is something I would suggest to everyone as it was a great way to meet the locals.

O'Keefs bar has changed a lot but still right across the street and good for a beer. You can also eat some really good Chinese across the street as well. Yes, it was a bit warm inside the ship restaurant at the hotel but we simply took our food outside and it was great. Food is pretty basic on Yap as it is really remote but all was good and no problems. Yes, the internet is slow but that goes with any of the FSM islands...no worries just chew a nut and relax. Past that, I would recommend this place and once again, the staff really made us feel welcome and we have a lot of memories thanks to them.

Again, great hotel

Room Tip: I think all the rooms are good but I always go for a suite and balcony if you can.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Rome, NY
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Reviewed 3 April 2014

My wife and I have seen YAP Divers and the Manta Ray Resort at the dive shows for many years. So we took a group of 8 others on a sight, unseen trip there after a week in Palau. Though the menu is limited, there are a few other small restaurants nearby. I wish I was still the. Get room 300!!! Just don't run for the phone while in the mid-room shower. Do the following:

Drink a beer with Bill the owner at happy hour and talk with Ian in the dive shop. They cannot do enough for you.
Take Stella and Richard's 4 hour island tour. Wonderful experience. They are wonderful people that are very proud of their country.
Dive with Gordon and William. (And I'm sure all the others are great) Though it's not a fancy boat, it's not just about the diving. These men were great above and below.
Eat at least one of each of the items on the menu. Texas style burgers are the best in the Pacific.
Sit in the pool and do nothing. Ring the bell!
Learn the staff's names as they will know yours very quickly.
Get a massage with Ian and enjoy the spa. Nicest of any dive resort in the world.
Leave a nice gratuity as these people deserve it.

There were a few service mix ups when ordering but we were a large group. The air conditioning in the breakfast area could be better. The Internet is slow, but TOO bad, you are in the middle of nowhere and shouldn't need it. We need to go back for longer visit.

Room Tip: Get ocean view.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Sausalito, California
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2014

In late Jan/early February 2014, we spent seven nights at the MRBR and dove with Yap Divers. The hotel was great, and staff fantastic. We were upgraded to bay view rooms - I’d definitely recommend a room with a balcony. The dive operation was efficient and well organized. We unfortunately had a bit of bad weather so that limited dive site locations on a few of the days, but we were able to see the mantas, and dive Vertigo and Yap Caverns, two great dive sites. Also enjoyed the half-day kayak tour. The Mnuw staff were always welcoming and made us feel right at home. As we were celebrating birthdays, the staff arranged a special dinner– it was great. Yap was as expected – relaxing and friendly. I’d highly recommend Yap as a dive destination, and MRBR.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Mellieha, Malta
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10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2014

We visited the Manta Ray Bay Resort with a group of four diver (under water photographer and viodeographer) in Febaury 2014.
Great resort, with spacious rooms, very clean and very, very friendly staff - all over good service. As we visited in low season we had a good variety of a la carte breakfast menue, lunch & dinner choice limited, no veggie options.
Superb spa with great massage therapist IAN.
In house dive centre "Yap Divers" very well organised and safe, full costumer satisfaction guarantee. Great boat and dive crew with NICO and TONY, they did everything to make our dives even more enjoyable. Very cabable dive centre mangager JAN. Unforgetable dives with gentle manta rays at the "Stammtisch" and thrilling shark dives at "Vertigo". Nice sites at "Yap cavern", "Lion fish wall" and "Cabbage patch". Georgeous mandarin fish at "Rainbow Reef".
If you plan diving around Yap you should definitely stay and dive at the Manta Ray Bay Resort and Yap Divers.

Room Tip: We would recommend the Ocean View rooms
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Manta Ray Bay Resort

Property: Manta Ray Bay Resort
Address: Colonia, Yap 96943-0850, Federated States of Micronesia
Region: Federated States of Micronesia > Yap > Colonia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Colonia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Manta Ray Bay Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 35
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