Hai-Rodeo Yap-style & die ersten Ergebnisse

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Die Wettergötter haben offenbar einen Narren am MantaFest gefressen – die aktuellen Bedingungen über wie unter Wasser sind einfach nur genial.

Die Teilnehmer haben alle zwischen 6 und 10 Tauchgängen absolviert, abhängig davon, wer nachmittags zum dritten und vierten Mal in die Fluten springen mochte, und wer nicht.

Gestern morgen war Weitwinkel-Tag und am Nachmittag schraubten die Gäste ihre Nahlinsen auf die Ports.
Die Grundzeiten können sich sehen lassen: Den aktuellen Rekord hält David Fleetham, der beim Morgentauchgang an Vertigo nicht weniger als 110 Minuten Tauchzeit aus seiner Flasche herausquetschte – und immer noch mehr als 100 bei seinem zweiten. Schon vor Mittag hatte der legendäre Naturfotograf an die 1000(!) Haifotos im Kasten. So müssen Haitauchgänge sein…
Auch das “Makro-Boot”, das gerade einmal fünf Minuten weit in die Lagune hinein fuhr kam erst zwei Stunden nach der Abfahrt zum dritten Tauchgang zurück!

Jetzt, wo die ersten Gäste bereits einige Ergebnisse auf Halde liegen haben, könnt Ihr diese auch schon auf Facebook bestaunen und (inoffiziell) mit “Likes” bewerten.

Das Bild weiter unten suggeriert den richtigen Eindruck: Heute stand das Gros der Tauchgang im Zeichen der Haie! Noch verrückter als vier Stunden unter den Grauen Gesellen voll zu machen ist dann höchstens noch der Anblick von Kamera-Equipment an Bord, das teurer ist als das ganze Boot!
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Nach dem Unterricht von David und Marty in Sachen “Naturlicht” und nach den abendlichen Präsentationen auf der Mnuw, setzten die MantaFest-Teilnehmer die neu gewonnenen Kentnisse unmittelbar am nächsten Tag um. Schließlich handelt es sich bei dem Event ja nicht nur um einen beliebigen Wettbewerb, sondern zu gleichen Teilen um einen Workshop. Und ich denke, die von Manta Ray Bay’s Blog-Chef Brad Holland geschossenen Fotos sprechen Bände. Der Kalifornier nimmt nämlich selbst am Workshop teil und hängt Marty und David an den Lippen.

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An Vertigo, dem besten Hai-Spot der Insel, passiert so viel gleichzeitig, dass es eine Herausforderung ist, die ganzen bewegten Motive mit manuellen Einstellungen einzufangen.
Hier das klassische Frage-Antwort-Spiel… David: “Welcher Kameratyp und welche Linse?” Brad: “Canon / Tokina 10-17mm.” David: “Nimm Blende 11, stell’ auf Blendenpriorität, setz’ die Empfindlichkeit so hoch, dass die Verschlusszeit in den 100ern landet, und schon hast du gewonnen!” So leicht ist das also…

Und das ist auch ein großer Teil des MantaFest-Konzept… neben den frisch gezapften Bierchen am Pool und neu geknüpften Freundschaften… Als besserer Fotograf nach Hause zu gehen und noch ein, zwei gute Preise dabei abzustauben.

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Vertigo zeigte sich obendrein von seiner typischen Seite. Unter dem Boot und zwischen den Tauchern schwammen an die 40 Grauhaie und Schwarzspitzenriffhaie.

Etwas früher berichtete Tim Rock, der wohl erfahrenste Unterwasserfotograf wenn es um Mikronesien geht, dass Vertigo einer der ganz wenigen Plätze ist, an denen man die normalerweise recht scheuen Schwarzspitzen aus allernächster Nähe ablichten kann. Manchmal kommen die Tierchen gar ZU nahe für gute Fotos.

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Mit perfektem Sonnenschein und Sichtweiten jenseits der 50 Meter hatten die Fotografen das tiefe Blau mit widerspiegelnden Wolken, das wir alle so lieben.


Zeit für die Schulbank

Die abendliche Präsentation ging diesmal auf die Kappe von Frank Schneider, der sein Wissen zum Thema Model-Fotografie weitergab – im Wasser wie auch an Land.

Ray Bullion widmete sich hingegen dem Thema Kompaktkameras – schließlich sind ja nicht nur Spiegelreflex-Besitzer mit dabei. Gerade bei solchen Bedingungen gibt es ja auch einen ordentlichen Ansporn, möglichst gute Ergebnisse aus den Kameras herauszukitzeln.

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John Yosh
John Yosh
11:27 18 Sep 19
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
Yann Faure
Yann Faure
11:08 15 Jul 19
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
Bruce Tanner
Bruce Tanner
16:13 27 Jun 19
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
Jendrik Schroeder
Jendrik Schroeder
15:18 15 Jun 19
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
Chris Mars
Chris Mars
18:28 26 Mar 19
This is my home island.. Iam just giving it 5 star review cuz i miss home.. Feels like forever since I Last visitedread more
stacey blake
stacey blake
16:26 20 Mar 19
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
Shaun Suliol
Shaun Suliol
11:48 12 Mar 19
The staff made sure our every needs were met! They were accommodating to my groups weird requests. We felt spoiled. They even remember our names. No where else but in Yap at the Manta Ray!read more
Doreen Korbl
Doreen Korbl
19:09 10 Mar 19
incredible service, special thanks to Ruud the resort manager
Michael Fusco
Michael Fusco
04:49 22 Jan 19
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
Deb Roy-Stothart
Deb Roy-Stothart
13:55 06 Dec 18
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
Jan Toman
Jan Toman
22:14 02 Nov 18
Great! GREAT! GREAT! Lovely place, lovely staff, great location for divers!
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
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
Jonathan Gapith
Jonathan Gapith
10:31 19 Sep 18
Best dive resort around, amazingly friendly staff and great food on the mnuw
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
Emily Caquelin
Emily Caquelin
04:10 02 Aug 18
Manta Ray Bay Resort is a great dive resort with extremely hospitable staff.
William Myers
William Myers
21:01 21 Jul 18
Great hotel. Have stayed twice.
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
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