Manta Ray Rockstars

Here’s three of our manta party scientists who you can ride shotgun in the office with this February. Julie, Ana and Mark will be hosting the citizen science symposium and managing field research assignments as well as be your workshop and media presenters.

This going to be more than mantas – the event’s itinerary includes 16 dives, night, shark feed and madarinfish specialty dives, a private beach bbq, cultural tour and is going to be a week-long party with cool people from all over the world on a 110 year-old schooner every night. The word is a round of tidal waves will kick things off at the welcome meeting.


 

julie Julie Hartup

“This is an rare opportunity for divers to dive with manta rays together with the scientists who study them. You’ll get to see the type of equipment we use, how we gather information and how its processed. We planned this event to take place during manta mating season, the most active time of year where close interaction with multiple animals is nearly assured – we are hoping to get a lot of valuable information. During the day you’ll dive with mantas and over the pristine reefs surrounding Yap, in the afternoon you’ll attend workshops to learn about megafauna, and in the evening you get to see pictures of these amazing animals. Not only will you be learning about mantas but also their very close relatives the mobula, sharks and other marine mammals. We hope everyone will come away from this experience awed by the ocean and its creatures with a deep appreciation for Yap and love for it’s people and culture.”

Project Leader, Manta Trust


 

ana Ana Filipa Sobral

Ana left to start her Msc in Integrated studies of the ocean in the University of the Azores. Since then she has been studying Mobula tarapacana aggregations in the seamounts around the Azores. For that, she has been collecting data with the help of dive operators and also started the project ‘Manta catalog Azores’ the first ever attempt to build a photo-ID database for a Mobula species. Ana just finished her internship in the Institute of Marine Research of the University of the Azores and her future plans involve starting a PhD study, preferably involving Mobulid species.

Marine Biologist – Oceanography and Fisheries, University of the Azores


 

mark Mark Deakos

His chosen career working in wildlife biology and marine research is an extension of his passion for the natural world and his marvel of the ocean environment. Following his masters degree studying humpback whales, Mark was only the second person in the world to get his doctoral degree studying manta rays. Field research techniques include photo-identification, photogrammetry, and acoustic tagging. Currently the executive director and chief scientist for the Hawaii Association for Marine Education and Research, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to protecting manta ray populations and their habitats. Mark’s primary focus is developing a management plan for Maui’s manta rays but has worked collaboratively with other scientists and NGO’s in Palmyra, Guam, Yap, Ulithi, and Pohnpei.

Hawaii Association for Marine Education and Research 


 

manta-mania

 

Manta Mania will be a unique opportunity to be a participate in research and conservation of our ocean’s megafauna.

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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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