Screw mantas, let’s move on to the sharks… MantaFest shoot-out – August 29 – Day two

Underwater photographers are one of a kind… “Well, we got our mantas yesterday, now let’s move on to the sharks“, was the general opinion on the jetty in the morning. Said and done. Half an hour later guests and photo hosts plunged into the water at Vertigo and into a group of around 20 grey reef sharks off the wall. Some of them with bite marks from the last rough mating season. It’s always great to see how the greys patrol the open water while the smaller blacktip reef sharks hardly dare to leave the shallow reef top. Apart from the sharking, the dive also brought some medium-sized groupers, rainbow runners, a big school of convict surgeonfishes and – surprise – a group of pelagic cuttlefish.

More than 190 shots on the memory card in 80 minutes did not prevent our shark enthusiasts from sneaking into the water at this time’s most productive cleaning station around the corner in Mi’l Channel. While there are plenty of manta rays around right now, this dive brought along five different animals in less than 10 metres depth. A great dive for everybody, with the exception of Tim Rock, who tried to get widelens close-ups of smaller fish inhabiting the cleaning station. His comment: “And you guessed it. Here I am shooting clownfish and a manta once again sneaks into the shot!“ Luxury problems… didn’t I mention underwater photographers are one of a kind?

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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