Manta Fest and LOTS of Mantas

By Tim Rock

So far in the first week of MANTA FEST we’ve had some great manta luck, seeing them daily since Manta Fest kicked into gear 5 days ago.

On Day 4, we had as many as five mantas at the new cleaning station.

New Cleaning Station

The sharks were also fun. Despite a sizable swell coming in from the southwest, we were able to get to Vertigo twice during the week and brought some shark nibbles on the second dive there.

Many gray reefs and blacktips showed up and even a Napoleon wrasse.

Gray Reef Sharks at Yap's Vertigo Reef
Gray Reef Sharks at Yap’s Vertigo Reef

The macro has also been fun. Odd shrimps and beautiful nudibranchs have been found by the Manta Fest divers.

Nudibranchs, Slow & Easy Dive Ste, Yap
Nudibranchs, Slow & Easy Dive Ste, Yap

Lined Shrimp, Hotel Pier, Manta Ray Bay, Yap
Lined Shrimp, Hotel Pier, Manta Ray Bay, Yap

So far The Manta Fest Crew… seen below from left, Lee Webber from MDA, Frank Schneider from Tauchen, Marty Snyderman from Dive Training, Tim Rock from Double Blue and Daniel Hasenaqetti of Germany, and Yap Diver’s crew members Iggy and Nico, seen here at the Manta Ray docks, and others have had a great time manta and critter hunting. At night, we watch numerous slideshows from Yap diving and around the world aboard the Mnuw.

Manta Fest 2011
Manta Fest 2011

On Saturday a few guests are packing up. But those diving saw an eagle ray school at Miil Channel plus mantas, turtles and schooling jacks.

So now we await the arrival of another 20+ guests with Ray Bullion. That should lead to more fun and excitement.

At week’s end we’ll get a look at the photo contest entries.

Last year’s Grand Prize winner with a stunning Reef Scene was Judy Bennett and she is back to defend her title!!

More news to come!!

Tim of the Deep reporting from Yap and Manta Fest

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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
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