Manta Fest 2015 Kickoff

We kicked off our annual photographer party with old and new friends, great weather and excellent diving conditions.

This marks the start of two weeks of custom dive plans, photography workshops and one-on-one training with some of the best-in-the-world shooters who come here to help you grow your skills in and out of the water.

Returning pro presenters this year are Marty Snyderman, marine life editor with Dive Training Magazine and our leading naturalist, Frank Schneider, editor with Tauchen Magazine Germany as well as Andy Schumacher with Schumacher Films.

Next week we will be joined by Ray Bullion for the ramp up to the second week and contest portion of this event.

Everyone will go home with something and the top prizes this year include a 7-day Dive Damai liveaboard trip, complete Mares gear set with their latest Fusion regulator and dive computers as well as a host of diving accessories from wetsuits to gear bags and Pelican cases. Manta Fest is like homecoming here in Yap, most of the people have been attending this event since the first year it was held and haven’t missed one since. We’re like family and all get to watch each other’s photography grow over the years.

This year we’re throwing in some new flavor to this event and our first excursion was a traditional attire model shoot at a Yapese stone money bank in a local village. Cultural tours are excellent photographic opportunities and there are few places in the world where this is still everyday life for most people.

Yapese people, their island and village sites are beautiful, here we put together a scenario so that our shooters can capture their creative vision.

This year we are throwing in some advanced workshops and dive plans in the day’s itinerary.

Today we’ll be back in the village at another site with models in traditional attire as well as cheers’ing coconut cocktails at sunset for some social time… a little bit of everything.

The diving has been delivering and manta fest is warming up the flash cards.

The last dive at Yap Caverns kept us all busy on macro and wide angle setups.

A couple of our winners from last year, Sheila Ott (Switzerland) and Judy Bennet (USA) are out with upgraded camera systems and going for best of show with every opportunity.

Every day we’ll be hitting the water with the right tides on custom dive schedules with afternoon excursions for topside shooting scenarios.

Back at the resort we have daily classroom workshops on everything from shooting fish and sharks, composition, histograms to managing the photo archive in Lightroom and Photoshop/Bridge – in both English and German.

Stay tuned for more updates on our blog and facebook.

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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
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