News from Manta Ray Bay Resort
Wishing on a Star
Greetings from Bill at Manta Ray Bay Resort on Yap,
Hope all is well with you, your family, friends, and dive buddies. As for conquering the Covid-19 pandemic, the US is heading in the right direction, Europe seems to be getting things under control as well, while here on Yap we have about 40% of the population fully vaccinated. FSM president has set a 70% vaccination rate before stranded FSM citizens would be repatriated, however last week the first batch of stranded citizens were repatriated to Pohnpei. Although this by itself is a good sign, we do not anticipate reopening until early 2022.
With that knowledge I must announce that that MantaFest 2021 program is officially canceled. There is no way, in my opinion, that both the FSM Government and the Yap State Government are going to agree to open the borders anytime soon and even if they open, there will undoubtedly be all sorts of restrictions placed on arrivals that no one can affectively come for a vacation.
This breaks my heart as I miss everyone, and I miss the diving. Who could ever believe that I have been unable to travel and there is no end in sight? It is an extraordinary situation that I am still not used to. Every morning, instead of going to the resort and diving with our friends from all around the world, I am checking the news hoping that the end of the tunnel will be insight soon. There is light, but no green light yet and that is very frustrating. I’m very sorry having to email this message, but it wouldn’t be responsible and fair towards you to give you hope that we could all be together for MantaFest this year. Even the changed dates in October are just not realistic anymore. It is sad but that is the reality we are forced to deal with.
Please keep following my blog. I hope you are enjoying reading the updates from our beautiful island as I certainly enjoy updating you. I am very much looking forward to the day I write the blog with the headline “Yes, we’re open again”. Although our reopening date is unknown, please have a look at our “Grand Re-opening Specials”. As a MantaFest participant in 2022, you can benefit from our “Get 3 Extra Nights for Free” offer when booking our 7, 11 or 14-night MantaFest package.
Finally, please help us spread the word that Manta Ray Bay Resort & Yap Divers IS the dive resort to visit once things are back to normal again. Cast your vote in the Scuba Diving magazine’s World's Best Diving Resorts & Liveaboards Reader's Awards by following this link
Friends, adopted family and buddies, please stay safe and healthy! My family and I, as well as our staff, cannot wait to have you as our guests again.
All the best,
Bill, family & staff
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Join us at the Manta Ray Bay Resort and Yap Divers and discover the amazing undersea world of Micronesia. The big pelagics, manta rays and sharks and all the small critters are found around Yap. This is a bucket list dive destination.
Our packages include standard room or ocean view accommodation, breakfast, dives, and airport transfers.
7 nights Standard Room, 5 days diving = $1,359pp and Ocean View Room = $1,439pp
10 nights Standard Room, 8 days diving = $1,849pp and Ocean View Room = $1,949pp
14 nights Standard Room, 11 days diving = $2,469pp and Ocean View Room = $2,629pp
Visit the island of Tobago for the Underwater Carnival 2012 and participate in photography seminars, manufacturers demonstrations, new dive gear presentations, special land based tours, and events all over the island. Marine biologists are offering seminars. Many resorts are offering special packages and you can combine North and South island resorts and diving. Restaurants are offering special carnival discounts. This will be a spectacular week of diving and sharing experiences with ocean and marine professionals. We have 7-day packages including accommodations, breakfast, diving, land transfers, and inter-island air starting at $1090 per person. Email us for availability and package descriptions.