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From the Helm Welcoming 2014
December 2013

It's Christmas Eve in Yap, bright sunshine, gentle breezes and a very good crowd on hand with 25 more coming in tonight. There will be a cocktail reception and toast hosted by my wife Patricia and I tonight and tomorrow night before our special Christmas dinner. New Year's Eve will be another flight night and a full house of guests all enjoying live music from Tim & Tim, a special dinner buffet, a complimentary cocktail as we countdown to 2014 on the big screen. From all of my family and all of our more than 80 co-workers, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Safe, Happy and Productive New Year. Thank you for your interest in our island and our dedicated dive resort.

The holidays are upon us and we're getting ready for a big 2014 in Yap. We'll be making our annual appearance in Europe, exhibiting in Paris, D�sseldorf, Zurich and Moscow.

Don't forget to email for any Micronesia travel routes and custom itineraries.

In this issue:
  • 2014 Boot Show
  • Yap Season
  • Manta Ray Dive Expedition
  • The Personal Experience of Yap
  • All that's missing is you...

  • Yap Season

    This is the time to be here and when to expect mantas in the biggest numbers and most activity as well as the island's cultural celebrations.

    Stay on top of the best months to be here for:

    Contact us at for more information on any of these special events.

    Manta Ray Dive Expedition

    There's a unique opportunity to experience some of Micronesia's remote, uninhabited, pristine islands on a scientific expedition researching for Manta Trust aboard Dive Damai.

    For those divers with a passion for discovery, this is a trip made for you. Our expedition around the State of Yap will combine the delights of Yap's marine world with that of its cultural heritage.

    Five days based at The Manta Ray Bay Hotel will give you ample opportunity to explore not only Yap's marine biodiversity, but its rich cultural heritage. A further five days aboard Damai II will be spent exploring the outer atolls of Yap State, venturing almost as far south as Indonesian waters.

    The little dived outer islands within Ngulu Atoll are sure to provide our guests with the unique and spectacular dives we all hope to experience within our lifetime, undisturbed by human touch!

    The very fact that they are so rarely visited is likely to mean we will experience the best in marine life that Yap waters have to offer.

    The Personal Experience of Yap

    We had our annual staff christmas party with a BBQ, awards and bonuses. Some of our guests thought it was a great time to get personal with our staff and kick up some dust with the group... here's Michael and Kerstin making friends with "the best of the best" nitrox blender on island, Matias.

    The personal experience is a big part of your Yap vacation.

    Football and the Blonde

    A guy took his blonde girlfriend to her first football game. They had great seats right behind their team's bench. After the game, he asked her how she liked it.

    "Oh, I really liked it," she replied, "especially the tight pants and all the big muscles, but I just couldn't understand why they were killing each other over 25 cents."

    Dumbfounded, her boyfriend asked, "What do you mean?"

    "Well, they flipped a coin, one team got it and then for the rest of the game, all they kept screaming was... 'Get the quarterback! Get the quarterback!' I'm like...Helloooooo? It's only 25 cents!!!!"

    Psychiatrists vs. Bartenders


    'I've got problems. Every time I go to bed I think there's somebody under it. I'm scared. I think I'm going crazy.'

    'Just put yourself in my hands for one year,' said the shrink. 'Come talk to me three times a week and we should be able to get rid of those fears.'

    'How much do you charge?'

    'Two hundred dollars per visit,' replied the doctor.

    'I'll sleep on it,' I said.

    Six months later the doctor met me on the street. 'Why didn't you come to see me about those fears you were having?' he asked.

    'Well, two hundred bucks a visit three times a week for a year is an awful lot of money! A bartender cured me for $10. I was so happy to have saved all that money that I went and bought me a new pickup!'

    'Is that so?!' With a bit of an attitude he said, 'And how, may I ask, did a bartender cure you?'

    'He told me to cut the legs off the bed! Ain't nobody under there now!'


    All that's missing is you...

    We're coming up on one of the nicest times of the year to be here, it starts with the mantas mating and rolls right into awesome conditions and mating mantas and stays like that through the spring.

    If you've kept up on our blog we have some manta research that gave us reef shark mating timing and we'll be putting that into the dive plan with the new moon.

    2014 Boot Show

    Come see us at booth E-62 during the 2014 Boot Show in Germany. We'll be hooking people up with super two-week packages to multiple destinations in Micronesia and a way to experience 2 countries, cultures, islands... for the price of 1.

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