BEST OF SHOW: Sheila Ott overall winning photo was “squid cannibalism” of a pelagic diamond head squid eating another one of it’s own species. Shot at night over 1 mile offshore on a blackwater dive at 35ft.
Grand Prize:10-day Dive Damai Liveaboard Trip plus a Mares USB Keychain and an Akona octopus keeper.
BEST OF CLASS (dSLR): Mike Fusco overall winning image from the dSLR/Mirrorless camera division of sharks at the surface diving Vertigo.
BEST OF CLASS (non-dSLR): Katja Jakobsen overall winning image from the fixed-lens camera division of two manta rays transiting Goofnuw Channel to the cleaning stations – this image was captured with a complimentary DEMO camera system from Ikelite, an Olypmus TG6 with housing and dual DS51 strobes.
We are underway with the 11th Annual MantaFest photography and video festival.
Bill, his entire crew and this year’s panel of presenting photographers; Ray Bullion (USA), David Fleetham (Canada), Frank Schneider (Germany), Tim Rock (Guam), Brad Holland (USA) and Andy Schumacher (Germany) will be hosting two weeks of photography and video training as well as the sponsored image contest portion of the event.
The first day of the program will include big animal and macro dives, a cultural site visit with traditionally dressed models, mating mandarinfish and night dives as well as a blackwater option.
The photo school program is 14 days with up to 5 opportunities to dive per day with daily workshops and one-on-one training.
Check out the social media feed for daily photo updates of the event and the images the presenters and guests are bringing home.
MantaFest happens every year, the last week of August and first week of September, more information: www.mantafest.com
Summer season in Yap includes our annual Photo/Video workshop event, MantaFest where the resort is bustles all day with diving, good times and photo/video training.
Our daily workshop schedule is being tuned up and we thought we’d share some of highlights.
– Mixing sunlight and strobes the easy way
– Model & people photography
– Photoshop: the few necessary steps from RAW to perfect images
– First aid to save an image
– Drone photography (NOT video)
– My workflow from Lightroom to Photoshop
– Shooting wide angle
– Camera housing and strobe maintenance
– Drone flying
– Video editing
– Aerial video
– Compact camera systems
– VividPix editing
– Ikelite housings
– Self-publishing photo & travel books
– Yap’s Macro world
– Split images / shark splits
– Underwater lighting with strobes
– Digital photography and social media promotion
My fourth time to Manta Ray Bay Resort in Yap since 1995. Hotel still very well kept, spacious room, good services and dive centre, very well run. Enjoy my dives very much with crystal clear water, mantas, sharks and even some macros. Wish they have better flight schedules to make it easier for visitors. Love to be back again.read more
Stayed at Manta Ray Bay as part of work travel to Yap. Excellent rooms and very friendly and helpful staff who were happy to go out of their way to assist guests and ensure they had a pleasant stay. Would highly recommend and look forward to staying again in the future.read more
My experience at the Manta RayBay Resort was once in a life time. We did not dive because we were in Yap for military purposes but if I had to choose a location in which to dive it would be in Yap and I would stay at the Manta Ray Bay Resort again.
Bill and his family are just wonderful and made our experience on Yap such a memorable one. I hope to come back to Yap again and if I am so privileged I would visit with my adopted family and stay at the Manta Ray Bay Resort again.read more
All the staff from Manta bay resort will treat you like family and make you feel at home
The room was very spacious and decorated with taste
The dives were very nice , especially Vertigo obviously !
Do not hesitate , just book your trip to Yap and Manta bay resort will do the rest and there will not be any bad surprise
I highly recommend a stay with Bill's Acker great resort !read more
Completed my 7th trip to Yap this past April and it is still one of the best dive destinations and operations around. Have led groups there for those 7 years and had several repeat customers go back with me. Great staff, dive operation and beautiful hotel. And the diving is diverse and just awesome. Many of the staff have become friends and it always a treat to be greeted by name upon arrival and around the hotel. Since diving is the premier attraction the island is a paradise of relaxation and laid back attitude. If you haven't been to this area of the world you should really consider it. Bill Acker, owner and all around good guy, can help you make travel plans for visiting Yap and other great destinations in Micronesia.read more
It´s an excellent diving and a wonderfull cultural experience to visit Yap. The Manta Ray Bay resort provides you with friendly and skilled staff both in diving and in the hotel department. The underwater world is extremely beautifull and the island culture very interesting to explore! I enjoyed both the diving and the cultural experience to the maximum !!!!!read more
Beautiful resort and location, small and quaint with very attentive service from wonderful staff who were extremely friendly and helpful, and knew everyone's name (travelled with a group of 20 people) within the first day. Yap Divers staff were amazing, we were even offered hot tea during our surface intervals with some delicious snacks, and they ensured we had the best possible dive experience on each dive. I would return to this gorgeous island and absolutely stay at Manta Bay Resort again, it's well worth the trip!read more
MantaRayBay Resort, is THE dive resort. It is so obvious that this place was designed for divers, BY divers. The concept that all of the guests are part of the resort family seems to be the cornerstone of MRB Resort. The dive service is top notch; the wait staff spot-on, the resort staff super friendly and attentive. The dive sites are great, especially the southern walls, and of course the cleaning stations visited so often by the Manta Rays. I have gone scuba diving all over western Asia and the Caribbean, and MRB Resort is at the top!read more
The highest level of dive service ever experienced! Fabulous dive operation from crew, boats, snacks, hot tea and water, warm towels etc. etc. and of course the Manta Rays!! Thank you for making my 100th dive so memorable. Accommodations 5 star! Food was fabulous! Can't say enough about this beautiful Island and it's people. Loved Yap! Deb & Glenn, London, Ontarioread more
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
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
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
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
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