Manta Journal #1

With good weather in his bags, travel journalist Frank Schneider made his way back to Manta Ray Bay Resort in Yap. In contrast to last year when he did a piece for Germany’s “tauchen“ magazine, he returned as one in four supervising professionals and jury member for the international shoot-out, which is co-sponsored by mares, World of Diving, tauchertraum, Pelican and Henderson.

While Frank was still recovering from the long-wound travel to the tiny paradise that Yap is, his colleague Tim Rock and some guests were already on their way to a cleaning station in Mi’l Channel, which had been only discovered in January. The first trip of the day got both professionals and amateurs four manta rays, which came as close as one arm-length. Without a shadow of a doubt, every photographer suffered from mild cramps from pushing the trigger way too often. The second dive brought two more of the elusive flying carpets.
Not much of a surprise that Frank got onto a boat in a heartbeat and still got to a respectable 4 hours bottom time the same day.
Some photographic treats from the first day can be seen on the individual facebook sites of Tim Rock and Frank Schneider.
Further information: 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
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