MantaFest – From flying carpets to critters

I’d say it’s all the cleaning station’s fault: Five days of constant manta encounters take their too, especially if they take place in between 12 and 30 ft  depth and allow bottom times of 80+ minutes. Only in the afternoons, when the rays tend to be less active, the boats went out to different spots approved by our guests.
And what would make more sense to switch from XL to XS. Guided by our veteran photogs Tim Rock, Marty Snyderman and Frank Schneider, the photographing guests explored the macro spot „Slow & Easy“ in the resort’s backyard. Snow-white mantis shrimps, gobies & shrimps living in symbiosis, pipe fishes, cleaner shrimps on duty in a fat moray’s mouth and an array of nudibranches kept still and were shot from all sides.


True critter delicacies were brought up by Tim Rock later that day after he went on a little discovery next to the bow of Manta Ray’s restaurant ship Mnuw: Not only mandarinfishes and cowries were sighted, but a photogenic while strange species of shrimp with furry legs. Later on, there was much discussion about the species’s identity during dinner aboard the restaurant ship, but only until Manta Ray Bay’s very own rite of passage was due… One or two fresh beers from the resort’s own micro-brewery might have helped, but nearly every repeater will underline that vacation in Yap is just not the same without that dive off the 30ft high top deck into the lagoon….

Some photographic treats 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
William Myers
William Myers
21:01 21 Jul 18
Great hotel. Have stayed twice.
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