MantaFest 2019 Winners

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BEST OF SHOW: Sheila Ott overall winning photo was “squid cannibalism” of a pelagic diamond head squid eating another one of it’s own species. Shot at night over 1 mile offshore on a blackwater dive at 35ft.

Grand Prize:10-day Dive Damai Liveaboard Trip plus a Mares USB Keychain and an Akona octopus keeper.

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BEST OF SHOW: Sheila Ott


BEST OF CLASS (dSLR): Mike Fusco overall winning image from the dSLR/Mirrorless camera division of sharks at the surface diving Vertigo.

Prize: 7-day Liveaboard Trip on the Truk Odyssey.

BEST OF CLASS (dSLR): Mike Fusco
BEST OF CLASS (dSLR): Mike Fusco


BEST OF CLASS (non-dSLR): Katja Jakobsen overall winning image from the fixed-lens camera division of two manta rays transiting Goofnuw Channel to the cleaning stations – this image was captured with a complimentary DEMO camera system from Ikelite, an Olypmus TG6 with housing and dual DS51 strobes.

BEST OF CLASS non-dSLR: Katja Jakobsen
BEST OF CLASS non-dSLR: Katja Jakobsen

Prize: 7-day Dive Package at Aquanautic Elba


BEST VIDEO: Judy Bennett the best video submission was a story “Diving Sharks at Vertigo”, shot on both GoPro and dSLR winning a video grand prize from Siren Fleet.

Prize: 7-day Dive Trip with Siren Fleet


dSLR 1st Place Winners:

Big Animals: Ken Sutherland won a Mares Quad Air Dive Computer with LED Tank Module and a Mares Corkscrew
Behavior: Judy Bennett won a Dive Silver Titanium Necklace and Ear shield
Macro: Sheila Ott won a Mares Quad Air Dive Computer with LED Tank Module and a Mares Corkscrew
Reef Scenic: Lureen Ferretti won a Mares Regulator ULTRA 82x and a Mares Corkscrew
Island/Culture: Hasse Daae won a Dive Silver Titanium Necklace and a Mares USB keychain.

1ST PLACE MACRO: Sheila Ott
1ST PLACE MACRO: Sheila Ott
1ST PLACE REEF SCENIC: Lureen Ferretti
1ST PLACE REEF SCENIC: Lureen Ferretti
1ST PLACE BIG ANIMALS: Ken Sutherland
1ST PLACE BIG ANIMALS: Ken Sutherland
1ST PLACE BEHAVIOR: Judy Bennett
1ST PLACE CULTURE: Hasse Daae
1ST PLACE CULTURE: Hasse Daae


dSLR 2nd Place Winners:

Big Animals: Marty Halldin won a Henderson Thermaxx Wetsuit, Ear shield and an Akona Octopus Keeper
Macro: Judy Bennett won a Sherwood ST1000 Torch and a Sting Relief Kit by Dive 1st Aid
Reef Scenic: Judy Bennett won a Mares Puck Pro Dive Computer
Behavior: Ken Sutherland won a Mares Smart Dive Computer
Island/Culture: Judy Bennett won a Dive Silver Titanium Bracelet

2ND PLACE REEF SCENIC (dSLR): Judy Bennett
2ND PLACE REEF SCENIC (dSLR): Judy Bennett

2ND PLACE CULTURE (dSLR): JUDY BENNETT
2ND PLACE CULTURE (dSLR): JUDY BENNETT

2ND PLACE MACRO (dSLR): JUDY BENNETT
2ND PLACE MACRO (dSLR): JUDY BENNETT

2ND PLACE BEHAVIOR (dSLR): KEN SUTHERLAND
2ND PLACE BEHAVIOR (dSLR): KEN SUTHERLAND

2ND PLACE BIG ANIMALS (dSLR): Marty Halldin


dSLR 3rd Place Winners:

Big Animals: Lureen Ferretti won Ear Shield as well as a rashguard and sting relief kit from Dive 1st Aid
Macro: Ken Sutherland Gear Aid Carabiner Light Kit, a Dive 1st Aid Kit and Rashguard as well as an Ear shield.
Reef Scenic: Sheila Ott won an Ikelite Gamma Torch, reflective paracord from Gear Aid, a Dive 1st Aid rashguard and Ear Shield.
Behavior: Robert Hawthorne won a Microfiber Towel and Akua Dive Knife by Gear Aid as well as a Dive 1st Aid Rashguard and Ear shield
Island/Culture: Laurie Pemberton won Reflective Paracord by Gear Aid, a Dive 1st Aid Rash guard and Ear Shield

3RD PLACE MACRO (dSLR): Ken Sutherland
3RD PLACE MACRO (dSLR): Ken Sutherland

3RD PLACE BIG ANIMALS (dSLR): Lureen Ferretti
3RD PLACE BIG ANIMALS (dSLR): Lureen Ferretti

3RD CULTURE (dSLR): Laurie Pemberton
3RD CULTURE (dSLR): Laurie Pemberton

3RD PLACE BEHAVIOR (dSLR): Robert Hawthorne
3RD PLACE BEHAVIOR (dSLR): Robert Hawthorne

3RD REEF SCENIC (dSLR): Sheila Ott
3RD REEF SCENIC (dSLR): Sheila Ott


Compact/Fixed-lens 1st Place Winners:

Big Animals: Shin Woong Lee won a Mares Quad Air Dive Computer and LED Tank Module as well as a Mares Corkscrew.
Macro: PT Hirschfield won a Mares Smart Air Computer and a Mares Corkscrew
Reef Scenic: Maria Schefter won a Mares DUAL 52x Regulator and a Mares Corkscrew.
Behavior: Mike Martini won a Dive Silver Titanium Necklace and Ear shield
Island/Culture: Shin Woong Lee won Titanium Diver Design Jewelry and a Mares USB Keychain.

1ST PLACE BEHAVIOR (non-dSLR): Mike Martini won a Dive Silver Titanium Necklace and Ear shield.
1ST PLACE BEHAVIOR (non-dSLR): Mike Martini won a Dive Silver Titanium Necklace and Ear shield.

1ST PLACE CULTURE (non-dSLR): Shin Woong Lee won Titanium Diver Design Jewelry and a Mares USB Keychain.
1ST PLACE CULTURE (non-dSLR): Shin Woong Lee won Titanium Diver Design Jewelry and a Mares USB Keychain.

1ST PLACE MACRO (non-dSLR): PT Hirschfield won a Mares Smart Air Computer and a Mares Corkscrew
1ST PLACE MACRO (non-dSLR): PT Hirschfield won a Mares Smart Air Computer and a Mares Corkscrew

1ST PLACE REEF SCENIC (non-dSLR): Maria Schefter won a Mares DUAL 52x Regulator and a Mares Corkscrew.
1ST PLACE REEF SCENIC (non-dSLR): Maria Schefter won a Mares DUAL 52x Regulator and a Mares Corkscrew.

1st PLACE BIG ANIMALS (non-dSLR): Shin Woong Lee won a Mares Quad Air Dive Computer and LED Tank Module as well as a Mares Corkscrew.
1st PLACE BIG ANIMALS (non-dSLR): Shin Woong Lee won a Mares Quad Air Dive Computer and LED Tank Module as well as a Mares Corkscrew.


Compact/Fixed-lens 2nd Place Winners:

Big Animals: PT Hirschfield won a Henderson Thermaxx Wetsuit, Ear shield and an Akona Octopus Keeper.
Macro: Mike Martini won a Light and Motion GoBe 100 Torch and a Dive 1st Aid Sting Relief Kit.
Reef Scenic: Ann Donahue won a Mares Puck Pro Computer
Behavior: PT Hirschfield won a Mares Smart Dive Computer
Island/Culture: Ann Donahue won Titanium Diver Design Jewelry.

2ND PLACE (non-dSLR) REEF SCENIC: Ann Donahue won a Mares Puck Pro Computer
2ND PLACE (non-dSLR) REEF SCENIC: Ann Donahue won a Mares Puck Pro Computer

2ND PLACE (non-dSLR) CULTURE: Ann Donahue won Titanium Diver Design Jewelry.
2ND PLACE (non-dSLR) CULTURE: Ann Donahue won Titanium Diver Design Jewelry.

2ND PLACE (non-dSLR) BIG ANIMALS: PT Hirschfield won a Henderson Thermaxx Wetsuit, Ear shield and an Akona Octopus Keeper.
2ND PLACE (non-dSLR) BIG ANIMALS: PT Hirschfield won a Henderson Thermaxx Wetsuit, Ear shield and an Akona Octopus Keeper.

2ND PLACE (non-dSLR) BEHAVIOR: Mike Martini won a Light and Motion GoBe 100 Torch and a Dive 1st Aid Sting Relief Kit.
2ND PLACE (non-dSLR) BEHAVIOR: PT Hirschfield won a Mares Smart Dive Computer

2ND PLACE (non-dSLR) MACRO: Mike Martini won a Light and Motion GoBe 100 Torch and a Dive 1st Aid Sting Relief Kit.
2ND PLACE (non-dSLR) MACRO: Mike Martini won a Light and Motion GoBe 100 Torch and a Dive 1st Aid Sting Relief Kit.


Compact/Fixed-lens 3rd Place Winners:

Big Animals: Maria Schefter won Ear Shield and a Dive 1st Aid Rashguard.
Macro: Ann Donahue won a Carabiner Light Kit by Gear Aid, a Dive 1st Aid Rashguard and Ear Shield
Reef Scenic: Mike Martini won an Ikelite Gamma Torch and a Dive 1st Aid Rashguard as well as Ear Shield.
Behavior: Katja Jakobsen won a Microfiber Towel and Akua Dive Knife by Gear Aid, a Dive 1st Aid Rash Guard and Ear Shield
Island/Culture: Hee Jun Kang won Reflective Paracord by Gear Aid, a Dive 1st Aid Rashguard and Ear Shield.

3RD PLACE (non-dSLR) MACRO: Ann Donahue won a Carabiner Light Kit by Gear Aid, a Dive 1st Aid Rashguard and Ear Shield

3RD PLACE (non-dSLR) BIG ANIMALS: Maria Schefter won Ear Shield and a Dive 1st Aid Rashguard.
3RD PLACE (non-dSLR) BIG ANIMALS: Maria Schefter won Ear Shield and a Dive 1st Aid Rashguard.

3RD PLACE (non-dSLR) REEF SCENIC:  	Mike Martini won an Ikelite Gamma Torch and a Dive 1st Aid Rashguard as well as Ear Shield.
3RD PLACE (non-dSLR) REEF SCENIC: Mike Martini won an Ikelite Gamma Torch and a Dive 1st Aid Rashguard as well as Ear Shield.

3RD PLACE (non-dSLR) BEHAVIOR: Katja Jakobsen won a Microfiber Towel and Akua Dive Knife by Gear Aid, a Dive 1st Aid Rash Guard and Ear Shield
3RD PLACE (non-dSLR) BEHAVIOR: Katja Jakobsen won a Microfiber Towel and Akua Dive Knife by Gear Aid, a Dive 1st Aid Rash Guard and Ear Shield

3RD PLACE (non-dSLR) CULTURE: Hee Jun Kang won Reflective Paracord by Gear Aid, a Dive 1st Aid Rashguard and Ear Shield.
3RD PLACE (non-dSLR) CULTURE: Hee Jun Kang won Reflective Paracord by Gear Aid, a Dive 1st Aid Rashguard and Ear Shield.

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Tait Brimacombe
Tait Brimacombe
04:31 18 Oct 19
Stayed at Manta Ray Bay as part of work travel to Yap. Excellent rooms and very friendly and helpful staff who were happy to go out of their way to assist guests and ensure they had a pleasant stay. Would highly recommend and look forward to staying again in the future.read more
John Yosh
John Yosh
11:27 18 Sep 19
My experience at the Manta RayBay Resort was once in a life time. We did not dive because we were in Yap for military purposes but if I had to choose a location in which to dive it would be in Yap and I would stay at the Manta Ray Bay Resort again. Bill and his family are just wonderful and made our experience on Yap such a memorable one. I hope to come back to Yap again and if I am so privileged I would visit with my adopted family and stay at the Manta Ray Bay Resort again.read more
Yann Faure
Yann Faure
11:08 15 Jul 19
All the staff from Manta bay resort will treat you like family and make you feel at home The room was very spacious and decorated with taste The dives were very nice , especially Vertigo obviously ! Do not hesitate , just book your trip to Yap and Manta bay resort will do the rest and there will not be any bad surprise I highly recommend a stay with Bill's Acker great resort !read more
Bruce Tanner
Bruce Tanner
16:13 27 Jun 19
Completed my 7th trip to Yap this past April and it is still one of the best dive destinations and operations around. Have led groups there for those 7 years and had several repeat customers go back with me. Great staff, dive operation and beautiful hotel. And the diving is diverse and just awesome. Many of the staff have become friends and it always a treat to be greeted by name upon arrival and around the hotel. Since diving is the premier attraction the island is a paradise of relaxation and laid back attitude. If you haven't been to this area of the world you should really consider it. Bill Acker, owner and all around good guy, can help you make travel plans for visiting Yap and other great destinations in Micronesia.read more
Jendrik Schroeder
Jendrik Schroeder
15:18 15 Jun 19
It´s an excellent diving and a wonderfull cultural experience to visit Yap. The Manta Ray Bay resort provides you with friendly and skilled staff both in diving and in the hotel department. The underwater world is extremely beautifull and the island culture very interesting to explore! I enjoyed both the diving and the cultural experience to the maximum !!!!!read more
Chris Mars
Chris Mars
18:28 26 Mar 19
This is my home island.. Iam just giving it 5 star review cuz i miss home.. Feels like forever since I Last visitedread more
stacey blake
stacey blake
16:26 20 Mar 19
Beautiful resort and location, small and quaint with very attentive service from wonderful staff who were extremely friendly and helpful, and knew everyone's name (travelled with a group of 20 people) within the first day. Yap Divers staff were amazing, we were even offered hot tea during our surface intervals with some delicious snacks, and they ensured we had the best possible dive experience on each dive. I would return to this gorgeous island and absolutely stay at Manta Bay Resort again, it's well worth the trip!read more
Shaun Suliol
Shaun Suliol
11:48 12 Mar 19
The staff made sure our every needs were met! They were accommodating to my groups weird requests. We felt spoiled. They even remember our names. No where else but in Yap at the Manta Ray!read more
Doreen Korbl
Doreen Korbl
19:09 10 Mar 19
incredible service, special thanks to Ruud the resort manager
Michael Fusco
Michael Fusco
04:49 22 Jan 19
MantaRayBay Resort, is THE dive resort. It is so obvious that this place was designed for divers, BY divers. The concept that all of the guests are part of the resort family seems to be the cornerstone of MRB Resort. The dive service is top notch; the wait staff spot-on, the resort staff super friendly and attentive. The dive sites are great, especially the southern walls, and of course the cleaning stations visited so often by the Manta Rays. I have gone scuba diving all over western Asia and the Caribbean, and MRB Resort is at the top!read more
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
Jan Toman
Jan Toman
22:14 02 Nov 18
Great! GREAT! GREAT! Lovely place, lovely staff, great location for divers!
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
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
Jonathan Gapith
Jonathan Gapith
10:31 19 Sep 18
Best dive resort around, amazingly friendly staff and great food on the mnuw
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
Emily Caquelin
Emily Caquelin
04:10 02 Aug 18
Manta Ray Bay Resort is a great dive resort with extremely hospitable staff.
William Myers
William Myers
21:01 21 Jul 18
Great hotel. Have stayed twice.
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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