MANTA FEST – Unterwasserfoto-Festival unter Haien und Mantas (4.-14. September)

Mantas, Barrakudas, Schildkröten, Herden von Büffelkopf-Papageifischen, Mandarinfisch-Mating und nicht zuletzt auch hautnahe Begegnungen mit verschiedenen Hai-Arten in kristallklarem Wasser machen die mikronesische Insel Yap zu einem Traumziel für Fotografen und Filmer. Vom 4. bis zum 14. September veranstalten Manta Ray Bay Resort & Yap Divers zum vierten Mal in Folge das Shoot-Out „Manta Fest“. Zu gewinnen gibt es nicht nur fünf Reisen zurück nach Yap, sondern auch wertvolle Praxistipps von den renommierten US-Fotoprofis Andy Sallmon, Tim Rock und Ray Bullion.

Weitere Informationen: www.mantafest.com

„Fast alle Unterwasserfoto-Festivals werden an Orten veranstaltet, wo man schöne Landschaften und nette Korallenfische ablichten kann“, sagt Mantaflüsterer Bill Acker. „Bei uns können Fotografen und Filmer darüber hinaus zusätzlich mit Mantas und Haien interagieren und sich über mehr als 60 Meter Sichtweite am Außenriff freuen.“ Wiederholungsbesuche von National Geographic, Voxtours sowie von Filmteams der BBC und des ZDF und etlichen Bildjournalisten geben dem gebürtigen Texaner Recht. Welches andere Fotofestival wirbt schon selbstbewusst mit einer Kategorie „Mantas & Haie“? Neben Standardkategorien wie „Landschaft“ und „Makro“ stehen auch „Verhalten“sowie „Land & Leute“ auf der Agenda. Schließlich gilt Yap mit seinem bunten kulturellen Erbe und traditionellen Tänzen als ursprünglichstes Reiseziel Mikronesiens.
Als Hauptgewinn winkt in jeder Kategorie ein Urlaubspaket im Manta Ray Bay Resort Yap mit sieben Nächten und fünf Tauchtagen. Bill Acker: „Damit erstatten wir den Gewinnern quasi rückwirkend die Kosten für Wohnen und Tauchen.“ Außerdem, so erklärt Bill, seien die Flugpreise dank einer exklusiven Vereinbarung mit Continental Airlines für europäische Gäste so günstig wie nie zuvor (s. www.mantaray.com).
Während des zehntägigen Foto-Festivals im September werden Andy Sallmon, Tim Rock und Ray Bullion nachmittags Seminare im Schulungsraum abhalten, nach Sonnenuntergang Großbild-Vorführungen an Deck des antiken Segelschoners Mnuw präsentieren und am Ende der Veranstaltung die besten Aufnahmen prämieren.

Weitere Informationen: www.mantafest.com, www.mantaray.com.

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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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