Cabbage Patch

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Location: About 60 minutes by speedboat in northwestern direction from Yap Pacific Divers. Way leads through German Channel.

Yap IslandTopography: On Cabbage Patch the reef makes a little step, a mini wall, from the main reef plateau in 15 ft. (5 m) down to roughly 40 ft. (12 m) - from there on a long reef slope goes all the way down to 90 ft. (27 m) – after the long slope a drop off to over 200 ft. (60 m). The southern part of the dive site starts with a step dropping from 15 ft. (5 m) to 70 ft. (21 m), before the drop off falls to over 200 ft. (60 m).

Points of Interest: Little caves, big blocks of coral heads, patches of cabbage corals, turtles, sharks, barracudas, bumphead parrot fish, napoleon fish, snappers, any kind of reef fish. 

Current: Depending on moon, tide and weather conditions. Current from zero to slow;

The Route: Drift dive from north to south on rising tide. The dive starts in about 80 ft. (25 m) with reef on the left shoulder. Multilevel dive along the wall and reef; after a safety stop ascend to the surface close to the wall on our guide’s surface marker buoy. 

Difficulty: Open Water/Advanced Open Water

Best time: All around the year, high tide

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Cherry Blossom

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Location: About 60 minutes by speedboat in northwestern direction from Yap Pacific Divers. Way leads through German Channel.

Yap IslandTopography: Cherry Blossom is the combination of slopes at the shallow part of the reef 15-20 ft. (5-6 m) and 3 consecutive drop offs dropping down to over 200 ft. (60 m). 

Yap IslandPoints of Interest: Three very impressive walls, huge structures, Turtles, Sharks, Barracudas, Bumphead Parrot Fish, Napoleon Fish, Snappers, any kind of reef fish. 

Yap IslandCurrent: Depending on moon, tide and weather conditions. Current fro zero to slow.

The Route: Drift dive from south to north on rising tide. The dive starts in about 80 ft. (25 m). Multilevel dive along the walls. After a safety stop ascend to the surface close to the wall on our guide’s surface marker buoy. 

Yap IslandDifficulty: Open Water/Advanced Open Water

Best time: All around the year, high tide

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Turtle Cove

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Location: About 45 minutes by speedboat in northwestern direction from Yap Pacific Divers. Way leads through German Channel.

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Topography: The reef structure looks almost like a hammer including handle, reaching out from the main reef on the west side of the island. The hammer is the northern end of the dive site. The reef slopes from 10 ft. (3 m) to about 100 ft. (30 m). The reef top is a flat plateau – from there the reef slopes until a sandy bottom in 100 ft. (30 m).

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Points of Interest: Turtles, Sharks, Nurse Sharks, Barracudas, any kind of reef fish. The shallow reef is home to a big variety of small reef fish. Very big areas of the shallow reef are overgrown with huge table corals.

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Current: Depending on moon, tide and weather conditions. Current fro zero to slow.

The Route: Drift dive from either south to north, or the opposite way, depending on the current. The dive starts in about 65-90 ft. (20-30 m). Multilevel dive along the slopes inside the “bay” built by main reef and hammer. After a safety stop ascend to the surface close to the reef on our guide’s surface marker buoy. 

Difficulty: Open Water/Advanced Open Water

Best time: All around the year, high tide

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Fanif Wall

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Location: About 40 minutes by speedboat in northwestern direction from Yap Pacific Divers. Way leads through German Channel.

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Topography: Fanif Wall is a Drop Off on the western side of the island, consistent of two separate walls. The top of the walls is in about 15 ft. (5 m), dropping to about 70 ft. (21 m) like a step. From 70 ft. (21 m) finally a steep wall down to over 200 ft. (60 m).

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Points of Interest: Turtles, Sharks, Barracudas, any kind of reef fish. Marlin sights are possible along the walls.

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Current: Depending on moon, tide and weather conditions. Current fro zero to slow.

The Route: Drift dive from either south to north, or the opposite way, depending on the current. The dive starts in about 65-82 ft. (20-25 m). Multilevel dive along the walls. After a safety stop ascend to the surface close to the wall on our guide’s surface marker buoy. 

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Difficulty: Open Water/Advanced Open Water

Best time: All around the year, high tide

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Yap Corner

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Location: About 30 minutes by speedboat in northwestern direction from Yap Pacific Divers. Way leads through German Channel.

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Topography: Yap Corner is northern corner of Mill Channel. The northern part of Yap Corner is a wall, which drops from 15ft. (5 m) down to over 200 ft. (60 m). The corner itself starts in about 15 ft. (5 m) to slope down to 30 ft. (10 m) after a small plateau it slopes to 70ft. (21 m) and finally to 130 ft. (40 m), where the hard coral formation ends on a sandy bottom. The eastern part of Yap Corner is a straight wall, which leads into Mill Channel – depth 130 ft. (40 m) to 98 ft. (30 m). Here in about 98 ft. (30 m) depth a big coral formation on the bottom.

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Points of Interest: Aside from Manta Rays coming around the corner, going in to Mill Channel, schools of Barracudas, Grey Reef Sharks, Snappers, Turtles and the possibility to see pelagic sharks.

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Current: Depending on moon, tide and weather conditions. 

The Route: Drift Dive which starts on the northern wall of the corner in about 70-80 ft. (21-24 m) depth – as multilevel dive leading around the corner into the channel. Ascend after a safety stop close to the wall, around our guide’s safety buoy, or a set buoy inside Mill Channel on the northern side of Mill.

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Difficulty: Open Water/Advanced Open Water

Best time: All around the year, high tide

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Miil Channel

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Location: About 25 minutes by speedboat in northwestern direction from Yap Pacific Divers. Way leads through German Channel.

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Topography: Mill Channel is situated on the western side of the island. It opens from far inside the reef between Fanif, Rumung and Maap to the open ocean. The channels northern corner = Yap Corner, the southern corner = South Pass. The channel starts in it’s mouth at a depth of roughly 131 ft. (40 m) – the sandy bottom gets slowly shallower and shallower towards the Manta Ridge where it reaches a depth of 60-70 ft. (18-21 m). Both sides of the channel are steep walls and slopes dropping from about 15 ft. (5 m) down to the bottom. On the sandy bottom itself is intersected here and there with coral  formations. After the Manta Ridge the depth of the channel is about 60-70 ft. (18-21 m) getting deeper the further you come to Car Wash – the depth past car wash – inside the channel - is about 130 ft. (40 m).

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Points of Interest: Mill Channel is especially on incoming current a marvelous dive, very atmospheric – steep walls with hard and soft corals, areas full of whip corals and small sea fans. Coral heads on the sandy bottom where sometimes turtles hide. The sandy bottom is full of sleeping white tip sharks. Grey reef sharks cruising through the channel, sometimes schools of 30 – 50 baby reef sharks. Further Bumphead Parrot Fish, Lobsters, Barracudas, Schools of Jackfish, Turtles, Eagle Rays to name some of the species, which can be found here. And of course Manta Rays, which make their way inside the channel to reach cleaner stations and mating sites. 

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Current: Depending on moon, tide and weather conditions the current can be from almost zero (Slack Tide) to very strong (especially full and new moon).

The Route: Mill Channel is mainly done as a drift dive. We normally start somewhere close to the mouth of the channel and drift along the southern or northern wall towards Manta Ridge. Starting depth 80-90 ft. (24-27 m) and in multilevel technique slowly ascending until the end of the dive. After a safety stop close to the wall around our guide’s safety buoy ascend to the surface, where the boat already waits. It is during strong current possible to drift from Yap Corner, the mouth of the Channel, all the way to Car Wash, crossing the Manta Ridge.

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Difficulty: Open Water/Advanced Open Water

Best time: All around the year, high tide

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