Manta Fest – Weekend

IMG_8344Manta Fest is delivering the whole Yap Promise – Mantas in clear water right up in your dome, schooling sharks on the reef, high end macro opportunities, channel strafing and blue water outer reef drift dives.

Guest feedback is positive about what they’re seeing in the water and what they’re learning out of it.

Today we have our first departures we’re expecting a full house in the morning.

The final week of this party is going to be hopping with another 40+ guests. Full boats, full bar and full SD cards with Yap media.

The internet slowed down to a crawl lately and the image formatting interface is glitchy to say the least – today’s post is a bit lazy, my apologies.

Personally, all of the workshops and advice floating around has me trying new things every time I’m in the water.

I was talking with Tim Rock last night and one thing that I noticed is I would do a lot of the same thing each time I was shooting and saw slow improvements. After one week at this year’s party, I am trying what we learned at the classes and it shows in my photography.

Contestant Media

We have some non DLSR shots to share from Sheila and Julie. I think the best are being saved for the contest submissions, I’ve seen some Mantas at the surface in clear water and nice caverns shots that will most likely make the judging next week. Here’s what we have today…

Julie Shuttleworth




A quote from Julie from her first Manta Fest…

“From the West Aussie contingent this week at Manta-Fest: Brett and I have been “super-sizing” our dive days, going out for 3 dives with lunch on the boat between 2nd and 3rd dives. We’re loving the Yap reefs, where you can see everything from nudibranchs, transparent shrimp and pipefish, to moray eels, octopus, turtles and reef sharks, amongst a plethora of tropical reef fish, on one dive! With great dive conditions and visibility, we’re enjoying loads of relaxing diving – being in the water with only 2 or 3 other divers, and doing +90 minute dives with no pressure on time. Out of the water, with Manta Fest action, friendly divers, and down-to-earth informative photo pro’s, what a great week to be diving at Yap!”

Sheila Ott




Photog Training

Each afternoon and evening photographers are learning critical skills to improve our game. Yesterday was a workshop on Composition and how to frame subjects as well as some pro secrets behind those shots that make you say “wow”.  Along with the training the evening’s presentation was best shots by David and Marty at the Crow’s Nest bar with some one-on-one photoshop help. Anke, last year’s best of show winner, brought her laptop to the bar and learned how really shine up her pictures with the use of some tricks and tools of the pros.




Act Early

IMG_8027There isn’t any room left after the flight from Guam tonight. If you’re considering attending next year’s Fest, the best thing to do is plan ahead to get the best deal on air and the room you want. Once Bill is out of the water, he’ll catch up on email and be booking travel in and out of Micronesia for divers around the world. Get in on free air routes and be the early bird for the next round of Manta Fest.

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Availability & Reservations

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 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 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 more
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 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
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