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Wrapping up the first week of Manta Fest was an evening on the Crow’s Nest bar with the presenters commenting on participants photos from the day’s diving… and of course the smoking presentation of some of their shots of Yap and latest work.

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These guys are putting on workshops, evening presentations and taking appointments over breakfast to teach histograms and post capture production. Whatever question you have about a photography topic is either covered in the workshops or the answer is available at the bar, at the dock or on the boats, in English and German. The availability of the presenting pro’s and one-on-one guidance is a big deal at Manta Fest… the small dive groups and open air bar parts are nice Yap attributes that make becoming a better photographer more fun.

frank1Everyone is bringing home solid shots of great subjects and interesting behavior. We’ve got mantas strafing divers, shark mouths strafing camera domes, nudi’s doing whatever nudi’s do and fish action coming off the dock three times a day.

David has been testing some MKIII video in Mi’l Channel, Frank has been on a big animal safari everyday and Marty is pulling select target missions at Yap Caverns with cleaning Antheas – all of their work is shown in the workshops and in the nightly media presentations, here’s some pulls from Frank’s facebook feed.

frank2 frank3 frankscorpionThings get a little more full from here on out with 16 arrivals from Palau tonight. This  year we’ve added night and Mandarin fish categories giving each division participant five opportunities to win something.

The tides are lining up with the boat schedule so we’re going to be getting better and better water as the week progresses, we should see Vertigo on a max-visibility morning and be diving long drifts into Mi’l from the blue.

Everyday there’s a big animal boat, a macro boat and a reef boat leaving the dock with floors full of cameras and a bunch of smiling MFer’s.

Next up, participant images, for those who want to play.

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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!
Deb Roy-Stothart
Deb Roy-Stothart
13:55 06 Dec 18
The highest level of dive service ever experienced! Fabulous dive operation from crew, boats, snacks, hot tea and water, warm towels etc. etc. and of course the Manta Rays!! Thank you for making my 100th dive so memorable. Accommodations 5 star! Food was fabulous! Can't say enough about this beautiful Island and it's people. Loved Yap! Deb & Glenn, London, Ontarioread more
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