MantaFest 2017

V55A2683-2-EditCelebrate our 10th annual MantaFest photo and video festival – this year will be our biggest workshop with our best line up of presenting professionals and the most prizes we’ve ever given away.

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August 26th – September 10th are the dates for the next MantaFest photography festival in Yap.

Our presenter line up is Frank Schneider freelance photographer and writer in Germany, Steven Miller from Ikelite Photo School, David Fleetham freelance photographer from Hawaii, Tim Rock freelance photographer from Guam, Ray Bullion freelance photographer from California and Andy Shumacher from Schumacher films Germany.

We’ll have a rich program this year featuring photo and video workshops and contest categories. Come learn from top industry professionals who will be presenting their tricks of the trade and providing one-on-one training with everything underwater photography.

Learn about new gear, advanced shooting techniques, post capture processing with Lightroom and Photoshop. Shoot and edit side by side with professionals throughout the two week event – everyone goes home a better photographer!

This year we have a NEW best of class prize, one week on the Chuuk Odyssey liveaboard that will compliment our best of show with Dive Damai prize – we’ll also be giving away a dive package at Manta Ray Bay Resort.

Ikelite is sponsoring the contest with two $500 gift certificates and several of their new Gamma torches, expect to see a couple of sets of Mares dive gear being handed out at the awards ceremony.

mf21All-inclusive MantaFest packages for 4, 7 or 14 night stays start at (standard room)
from: $1,339, $2,229 or $3,829!
Includes:

  • Hotel room
  • 3, 5 or 11 dive days (2-tank)
  • Mandarinfish dive
  • Night dive
  • Afternoon macro dive
  • Nitrox
  • Sunset split shoots
  • Culture/Land shoots
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily
  • Island tour followed by Beach BBQ
  • Local Dinner Buffet on Friday
  • Late check-out
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • Free Wi-Fi in public areas
  • Photography Workshops
  • Professional Training
  • Photo Contest Entry
  • Evening Media Presentations
  • Hotel Taxes
  • Wake-up service with coffee and tea

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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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