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.

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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
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
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
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