After REEF spent several amazing days at the remote and exotic island of Yap in 2016, we knew we had to return for a longer trip. With more than 100 miles of barrier reef as well as channels and lagoons, Yap has a variety of dive sites to explore. Yap has a reputation for being an excellent place to dive with mantas, but there is plenty to see underwater in addition to the resident mantas and sharks, including Ghost Pipefish, Mandarinfish, Razorfish and Shrimpgobies! When not diving, participants can take a land tour to explore the rich history and tradition of Yap, previously known as the "Land of Stone Money."
Trip Type: Fish Survey - click here to learn more!
Pricing: $2,783 based on double occupancy in a standard room. Single occupancy also available by request - please inquire with REEF Trips for pricing and availabilty.
Accommodations: Each standard room has two queen beds, air-conditioning, color TV, potable hot and cold tap water, hair dryer, electronic safe, and complimentary coffee and tea service.
Diving: The package includes 3 dives per day beginning on Sept. 14 and ending on Sept. 21. Due to the very late arrival at the resort on Sept. 13, dives for the following day will be scheduled onsite and are not prepaid. Lunch is served on the boat between the second and third dives. Unlimited nitrox is included in the pacakge- please be prepared to present your Nitrox certification card. The average water temperature in Yap is 82 degrees F.
Price Includes: The trip package includes 10 nights of double occupancy accommodation, 8 days of 3-tank boat dives with tanks and weights, unlimited nitrox, all meals including breakfast, lunch (served either on dive boat or at restaurant on non-diving days) and dinner, airport transfers, Wi-Fi, and special late check-out.
REEF Program Fee: A REEF Program Fee of $350 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leader, seminar and REEF survey materials.
Additional Fees: The following costs are not included in the price paid to REEF. All flights and in-transit hotels, optional rental equipment, and optional souvenir purchases. Diving will be scheduled on an on-demand basis on Sept. 13 and paid onsite. Gratuities for the crew are not included and are at each individual's discretion.
Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is not included. REEF strongly recommends that each participant purchase adequate dive travel insurance to protect you from unforeseen circumstances. REEF partners with both DiveAssure and DAN to offer travel insurance packages specifically for divers. REEF will receive a portion of the proceeds from travel insurance purchases when you click on the following affiliate links for DiveAssure or DAN.
About the Trip Leader: Amy Lee is REEF's Trips Program and Communications Manager. She organizes REEF's annual schedule of worldwide citizen science dive trips, and also oversees REEF's communications and seasonal fundraising campaigns. She a member of REEF's Advanced Assessment Team in the Tropical Western Atlantic region, and has also surveyed in the Central Indo-Pacific, Tropical Eastern Pacific, California, and Northeast US and Canada.
How to Sign Up: To reserve your space or find out more, e-mail us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $1,000 deposit will be collected at the time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.
How to Get There: Two United Airlines flights fly from Guam to Yap each week. Participants should plan to book a seat on the United flight from Guam to Yap, arriving at 2:00 am on Sept. 13, and the return flight from Yap for Guam at 3:00 am on Sept. 23. A late check-out is included on the final day of the trip. Participants are responsible for booking their own airfare. REEF is not able to book air travel for participants.
Passports, Documentation and Visas: Visitors to Yap are required to have a passport that is valid for at least 120 days after the date of arrival, and proof of return flights. United States citizens will be issued an entry permit for visits of up to one year. For more information about customs and immigration requirements for the Federated States of Micronesia, visit this page.
Transfers: Transfers are included to and from the resort. Upon arrival at the airport in Yap, participants will be transported as a group to Manta Ray Bay Resort.