Monday, May 20, 2024

How We Are Helping: Manta Ray Bay Resort & Yap Divers


Diving into the warm waters of a tropical island surrounded by gentle manta rays and colorful reef fish may sound like the makings of a sleep-inducing dream machine for frontline healthcare workers right now. But that dream will become reality for 20 deserving individuals when they head to the remote island of Yap for a weeklong, stress-free journey of a lifetime.

Manta Ray Bay Resort and Yap Divers are inviting past and current guests and Facebook followers to submit the names of people they know who have been working hard in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic for the chance to relax and refresh during seven nights and five days of diving at this award-winning hotel.

Submerging into the lush flora and fauna of the island’s protected reef, lounging by the infinity pool, experiencing the unique culture of this tropical paradise, enjoying a pint of the resort’s award-winning, brewed-on-the-premises Stone Money Beer, and more will be in store for these special guests during their stay.

According to the resort’s owner, Bill Acker:

“We’re looking forward to pampering a few of the many thousands of people around the world who have worked so hard for so long caring for patients during this pandemic. It’s a small but heartfelt gesture on our part in comparison to the sacrifices they have been making.”

Go to for the nomination form and rules. The deadline for entries is December 31st, 2020 and winners will be notified on or around January 1st, 2021.

(Image credit: Andy Schumacher)

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.


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