Peter Schneider – Manta Visions’ New Photo Pro

Peter2Peter Schneider, originally from Berlin, Germany is our new Manta Visions Video  & Photo Pro.  Peter is  a true professional in his field having worked for 12 years in German television, before  moving  to French Polynesia to create his own company – Underwatercam.  In the 9 years he lived and worked  on the atoll of Rangiroa, Peter  spent more than 4000 hours with his cameras submerged.

Many of the images he brought to the surface, were used for international TV productions such as National Geographic TV,  Discovery Channel and  different European channels.  One of the highlights of his career came when award winning underwater cinematographer Christian Petron asked Peter to work with him. Christian was the leading cinematographer for Luc Besson on the films “ The Big Blue” and “Atlantis”  as well as many other films you might have seen.

pet-hdw700On the last project the two worked together in 2009/2010, Peter was also the topside high definition (HD) broadcast camera operator.  You want more info on that project?  Pssst, this is still top secret, … but here is a short sneak preview of it:

https://www.marinevideo.eu/video/275/Trailer+Project+Ocean+Quest

In 2004 Peter produced, together with Rachel Campergue, a 52 minute documentary about shark finning in French Polynesia. This award winning film “Sharks of Rangiroa, from Legend to Reality” and the activities it triggered  played an important role in the process of introducing a law against commercial shark fishing in French Polynesia. The bill was finally passed the 12th of April 2006.

“I believe the biggest enemies of sharks are fear, misconception and a lack of information.  We simply don’t protect what we are afraid of and what we don’t understand.  In my films I try to capture the beauty of these amazing animals.  Every diver who ever had the chance to observe sharks in the wild can tell about their aura. Every diver who tells or even can show his family and friends pictures of himself diving with sharks, becomes somehow an ambassador for those fabulous creatures.  I am happy and feel privileged to have the chance to accompany you on your dive.  Giving you, with the films I make, a tool to change fear into fascination and respect.”

pet-dolph01_sm“When did I discover my sympathy for sharks you asked?  I was around 4 years old, when my parents and I spent our summer holidays at the shores of the Baltic sea.  I had this oval, red rubber-framed diving mask that I was so proud of.  I dared to kneel down and submerge the mask into the ankle-deep wild waters of the Baltic ocean ….sea …I mean.  Wow,  I was so impressed, … it was just unbelievable what I saw. Everyone on the beach has to know, I thought.  I left the water in such an excitement, ran  from one canopied beach chair to the next to announce my discovery: “ Sharks,… there are sharks in the water, …full of sharks, …the water is full of sharks.” I can’t remember how my parents reacted,, but they weren’t much concerned and let me go again for deeper studies. Sharks were obviously the first fish I knew by name, …not red snappers, …but the snappers have the color my back became that day. I learned: sharks are no (little) man eating monsters and snakes are not the only creatures changing their skin.”

Do you believe Peter when he says “mama” was not the first word he spoke, …it was actually manta ….?

Ok, this was just to get the twist to another  amazing story Peter has to share. In October 2007 he and his camera were at the right time in the right place. Two manta rays performed a beautiful mating dance in front of his eyes. We have seen this you might say, …but have you actually witnessed also the copulation of manta rays?  Very few people had the chance to observe such behavior in wildlife and until know nobody else has captured it on video yet.

Rangiroa 2008 divers 106Peter wrote an article on it ,which was published in the British “Diver” magazine and several German magazines as well.  You can read these articles online, …but to see the sparkling in Peters eyes when telling the story, you actually have to drop by.

“Manta rays are definitively the most graceful animals traveling the worlds’ oceans.  To meet them in their habitat is every divers’ dream.  If you are open to it, you can see that each animal has its different character and even mood.  To interact with them is really something magic.  Come as a guest, … sensitive and respectful and you will experience one of the most enchanted moments of your life and as a photo- or videographer,.you will take home the evidence of those magical encounters.  Magic is the keyword here, … the magic of the manta rays of Yap, …and the magic of the Island of Yap has brought me here.  The preserved nature and culture of the Island and the versatile diving Yap has to offer. I feel honored to be part of the professional team of Yap Divers. It is giving me the perfect support and working environment I need for my creative work at Manta Vision.”

Peter is also a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor and PADI Specialty Underwater Videography Instructor.

He offers one day “Introductions into underwater videography” and  three day PADI Underwater Videography Specialty Courses with certifications.   Peter will be in Yap and ready to dive with you beginning in June.

The above was written by Peter to introduce himself to you.  I have  known Peter for years and am very excited to have him join our team at the Manta Ray Bay Resort & Yap Divers.  Peter will add another dimension to what is already a top flight dive staff.  His images will enhance our evenings as we project them on Mnuw’s big screen and his work will show up on our website very soon.   When you are ready for the adventure of your life, please contact us, or your favorite travel professional, to book your trip.  Myself, Jan, Peter and the staff all look forward to showing you the amazing island of Yap.

In the meantime, you can contact Peter at email: peter@underwatercam.tv or  mantavisions@mantaray.com and you can visit his website at  www.underwatercam.tv.

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Jim Reilly
Jim Reilly
11:27 21 Mar 18
We stayed at the hotel and dove with Manta Ray divers in early December 2017. The hotel is very comfortable, well run and staffed with wonderful employees. During our visit my wife came down with an illness and the consideration and support from the hotel and dive staff could not have been better.read more
Sandy Stinson
Sandy Stinson
16:03 03 Mar 18
The staff couldn't be more friendly and accommodating. Food is good, (worth upgrading to include all meals). Diving is good too.read more
Alex Divinsky
Alex Divinsky
17:24 01 Jan 18
The best place to stay in Yap. The resort is really nice and clean, the scuba diving is great, and the docked ship that houses the bar, restaurant, and movie screen is very cool. I really enjoyed my stay here.read more
ASALI
ASALI
10:44 01 Jan 18
Offers one of the best accommodation service. It also has a uniquely designed restaurant.
Yi-Hsin Lin
Yi-Hsin Lin
00:53 21 Feb 17
The whole place centers around the scuba diving operation. Probably better to find somewhere else if you're not a diver. The dive operation was generally good, but a little too laid back - schedules weren't always clear, and sometimes would change without any notice. Sometimes it was hard to tell if this was really because of changing tides/weather or because of the island pace of life. Pizza is a surprisingly good option at the restaurant.read more
William Myers
William Myers
21:01 21 Jul 18
Great hotel. Have stayed twice.
Emily Caquelin
Emily Caquelin
04:10 02 Aug 18
Manta Ray Bay Resort is a great dive resort with extremely hospitable staff.
Daniel Granzer
Daniel Granzer
11:40 23 Aug 18
We were from 11.08 to 18.08 at the Manta Ray Bay resort and had unforgettable days there 😍In total we made 12 dives with wonderful encounters. Highlights were, of course, the manta rays in the Goofnuw Channel and many white tip reef sharks in the Shark City 🦈 But also we saw eagle rays, turtles 🐢 and buffalo head parrotfish. The hotel is beautiful and the whole team does a great job there. The food on the ship Mnuw, as well as the home-brewed beer are excellent. Thank you again to the whole team of Manta Ray Bay Resort and Yap Divers 👏🏼We also did a one-day land tour to explore the many beautiful places of this unique island. The beach is like in paradise🏝, stone money and relics from the second world war very worth to see! You find there also culturally typical houses with different meaning and use! It would be nice if more visitors would come to this great island and appreciate the great work that is done there! Anyway, we really enjoyed it and would come back anytime 🙏🏻✌🏼read more
Jonathan Gapith
Jonathan Gapith
10:31 19 Sep 18
Best dive resort around, amazingly friendly staff and great food on the mnuw
Rene Sten
Rene Sten
04:06 12 Oct 18
Bill and his family run a great dive resort, rooms are spacious and comfortable. Restaurant and bar provide good range of food and drink. Bill and his dive guides know the reef intimately and the diving is spectacular. Bill and his family make for a very friendly and rewarding experience in Yap.read more
Ms. Malinda
Ms. Malinda
13:52 14 Oct 18
Great place to stay while visiting the island. Lots of activities to do with places to see & people to meet.read more
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