Manta Fest – Pro media

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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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ANEMONEFISH, Amphiprion perideraion, YAP, MICRONESIA.

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BLACKTIP REEF SHARKS, Carcharhinus melanopterus, YAP, MICRONESIA

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BLACKTIP REEF SHARKS, Carcharhinus melanopterus, YAP, MICRONESIA


Frank Schneider

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Ray Bullion

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Tim Rock

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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.

1 thought on “Manta Fest – Pro media”

  1. Sorry we had to miss out on the party this year. The best we can do is follow the activities posted on the blog…. Best of luck to all participants. Greetings to all the Mantafest and resort staff. We’ll see you next year!
    Ann and Ken

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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
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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
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10:44 01 Jan 18
Offers one of the best accommodation service. It also has a uniquely designed restaurant.
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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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21:01 21 Jul 18
Great hotel. Have stayed twice.
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04:10 02 Aug 18
Manta Ray Bay Resort is a great dive resort with extremely hospitable staff.
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