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We are still experiencing the best of Yap diving conditions. Yesterday on an all day boat we had 3-for-3 awesome dives and everyone is bringing home packed SD cards. The pro presenters are leading the way out there and showing us how to get it done – today’s post is some of their work here during this Manta Fest.


David Fleetham

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BLACKTIP REEF SHARKS, Carcharhinus melanopterus, YAP, MICRONESIA

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Frank Schneider

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Participant Feedback

Over breakfast this morning Marty asked one of the contestants, Sheila, if she was getting anything out of the training and pro support. The answer is yes – and I’ll cosign that. We’re taking in info every evening and getting hands on with it the next day. Noticeable improvements in our photography from the last few days is showing.

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IMG_9084David set my rig up for macro with some of his own hardware and helped me bring home some of my proudest shots to date.

These guys are putting in the time with all of the guests with whatever they need.

Frank has been hosting impromptu workshops in the pool over beers and David is driving developing tutorials on the Crow’s Nest bar after dark.

IMG_9210All of this is sending us home a better photographer and breathing new life into our underwater game. Everyday we get to watch these guys in the water and see how they get those shots, from creeping up on sleeping sharks to waiting for that magic behavior moment to click the shutter.

Today I am jumping onboard with Frank and Andy for a wide angle shoot at Vertigo and looking for some Mantas. We have only 6 dives left before the contest judging begins and we see how this shootout wraps up for our guests.

There’s already 12 rooms booked for Manta Fest 2014 – note to self: Manta Ray Bay only has 35 rooms.

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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
Jan Toman
Jan Toman
22:14 02 Nov 18
Great! GREAT! GREAT! Lovely place, lovely staff, great location for divers!
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