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Manta Fest

11th Annual Manta Fest Photo Festival August 25th – September 9th

Manta Ray Bay Resort

Built by divers, for divers. The Manta Ray Bay Resort was designed for hospitality luxury and dive convenience and is the only dedicated dive facility on the island. Each of the 35 individually themed rooms are just a few steps from the dive shop, boat dock, and the operation’s unique restaurant & bar. Standard double-occupancy and ocean view rooms are available as well as deluxe ocean views suites with private plunge pools or a rooftop jacuzzi.

All rooms are equipped with air conditioning and a ceiling fan, DVD player, an International Direct Dialing phone, in-room internet connection, optional refrigerator, and a large private bathroom with built-in hair dryer. Five-star service meets island traditions at the Taro Leaf in-house spa and shopping boutique.

Yap Divers

Yap Divers is the original and most knowledgeable dive operation in Yap, established in 1986 by Scuba Diving Hall of Fame dive pioneer, Bill Acker. Yap Divers is an SSI
Platinum Dive Center, PADI Gold Palm Resort and Mares Premium DC offering all levels of dive training, Nitrox and rental gear. Yap Divers is equipped with a fleet of 6 to 8 pax custom dive boats with an 18 pax boat for large groups.

Family diving packages are available year-round with activities for diving and non-diving children. Every June Yap Divers hosts Kids Sea Camp by Family Divers with a complete itinerary of diving, activities, tours and entertainment for all ages. All you have to do is dive – Yap Divers offers VIP gear services where you don’t have to touch your dive equipment all week. Gear is stored in large dry lockers and will be loaded on the boat for you each morning – after each dive day your gear is unloaded, rinsed and put back in your personal equipment locker by our dive staff.
Clean towels, fresh baked snacks as well as hot and cold beverages are served after each dive.

Our photo/video shop and secure camera bays with 110 and 220v charging stations offer photographers luxurious personal equipment preparation space. All of our dive boats are equipped with radios, oxygen, emergency medical equipment and well-trained staff.

Photo Workshops

– Pictorial Design
– Shooting Models and Modeling
– Converting RAWs with DXO
– Over/Unders (or) Split Images
– Lightroom work flow
– Brushes and filters in Lightroom
– Individual courses for film editing
– Drone Flying for Photo and Video
– Lightroom to Photoshop workflow
– Histograms explained
– Shooting Wide Angle
– Composing THE shot

Manta Fest Special
Package 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
– 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

2018 packages:
4 night / 3 days diving from: $1,139
7 night / 5 days diving from: $1,919
14 night / 11 days diving from: $3,269

*Prices are per person based on double occupancy.

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2018 Photo Contest Categories
  • – Big Animals
  • – Behavior
  • – Land/Culture
  • – Macro
  • – Reef Scenic
  • – Big Animals
  • – Behavior
  • – Land/Culture
  • – Macro
  • – Reef Scenic
  • – Best Submission


Best of Show Grand Prize: Live-Aboard Scuba Trip
$7,000 Value
The Best of Show Grand Prize winner will go on a ten-day liveaboard voyage aboard a luxury vessel navigated by Dive Damai. Choose from any of their regularly scheduled voyages in Raj Ampat.
– 10-day Live-aboard Voyage
– Luxury vessel by Damai
– Dive Damai: Redefining the Concept of Liveaboard
Best in Class Compact: 7-night Dive Package
$1,450 Value
The Best in class winners will receive a seven-day dive and hotel package at Manta Ray Bay Resort.

– 7/5 Dive and Hotel Package
– Does not expire
– Manta Ray Bay Resort

Best Video Submission: Live-Aboard Trip
$3,950 Value
The Best Video Submission receives a voucher for a 7-day Palau liveaboard trip with the Siren Fleet. Diving Palau by liveaboard brings you to the far flung dive sites along with some of the most renowned sites of this tiny island chain.

– 7-days diving Palau or Chuuk
– Luxury vessel by the Siren Fleet
– Siren Fleet

Best in Class GoPro / Action: 7-day Dive Trip
$2,150 Value
The Best in class winner will receive a seven-day dive package

– 7 nights with diving for 1 person
– Valid April 1, 2018 through November of 2018

Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in all Divisions
Gear from leading manufactures of diving and photo equipment:
– Regulators, computers, BCDs, gauges, wetsuits, knives, dive lights, masks, fins and gear bags!
– Ikelite Vouchers
– Ikelite Gamma Torches
– – Sola Light & Motion Dive and Photo lights
Henderson Wetsuits
– Blue Blocker Masks
– Armor Gear bags

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