Diving with Epic Sea Life
This tiny outpost has incredible life above and below the ocean. Known as the manta ray paradise. Unfortunately, this has overshadowed the visitor’s singular focus of finding a manta ray. But we discovered our trip was not just about rays, this place is awesome!
Our plans were simple, load the boat with gear. Tanks, snorkels and extra towels. Then find the right venue for our underwater adventure. With 98 miles of outer reef there’s plenty of site options that are just a short ride away.
Surrounded by a hard coral barrier, Yap has an endless maze of huge underwater cracks and canyons. Underwater tunnels provide resting places for a plethora of sea life. Turtles and sharks greet our arrival. With such a healthy sea floor topography our excursions are interesting. We drift inverted over giant brain coral. Floating past infinite coral slopes in super clear water. See bright yellow lettuce coral with peacock groupers. Be on the look out for big-eyes getting cleaned by blue streak wrasses.
During our dives we found sheer walls in the hundred foot plus visibility. Then we rode the currents over coral gardens teaming with life. We even had a manta ray swim right by us. But what we found most thrilling about this little Micronesian paradise are the sharks!
Travel and lodging courtesy of Manta Ray Bay Resort. Brad Holland provided the photography.
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