Manta Fest Kick Off

Manta Fest 2012 Yap Island Micronesia LogoManta Ray Bay has been transformed into a Yap-size Top Gun academy of the underwater photo world – the best of the best from around the world are here. Presenting from the United States we have Marty Snyderman, from Europe, Frank Schneider and Japan we have Masa Michishiro.

For the next couple weeks Bill will be hosting contest participants as well as the photo pros who will be presenting, educating and supporting the growth of the underwater photography community.

The presenters are here and available to contest participants for tips and one-on-one workshops on anything underwater photography. I think everyone is going home a better photographer after two weeks of Manta Fest.

Yap Divers Photography Shop at Manta Ray Bay Resort Micronesia

Yap Divers Boat Dock Manta Ray Bay Resort Today is the kick-off of the diving after a gathering up on the Crow’s Nest bar last night at a manager’s meeting.  The red carpet has been rolled out and the entire resort is dedicated to the event and these photographers.

This morning everyone got in the water and did a couple laps around the Caverns as a warm up for the next two weeks.

More participants will be arriving later in the week and things will be picking up as the event rolls out.


In the water

Bill Acker Dive GuideBill Acker Dive Guide

I think the last time Bill’s head got wet was when he dropped his beer mug in the pool, but Manta Fest has him knocking off the rust as a dive guide and showing everyone his underwater game, he still has it. A few solid macro scores rang in on everyone’s SD card before noon today.

Yap Caverns Swim Through In the swim throughs there were strobes popping everywhere. At one point during the reef wall tour there was photographers taking pictures of photographers when I came around a corner and I got in on the action too.

Over the next couple weeks I’ll be hopping around the Mnuw with my hand out for some SD card media leaks to keep you posted throughout the event.

Manta Fest 2012 is off to a good start with more photographers arriving throughout the week. Things will be picking up steadily as the contest unfolds.

1 thought on “Manta Fest Kick Off”

  1. Have a great Manta Fest this year guys. Looking forward to the action and to experiencing it although vicariously through your reports…

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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 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 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 more
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 more
William Myers
William Myers
21:01 21 Jul 18
Great hotel. Have stayed twice.
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