Manta Ray Bay Resort
1-800-DIVE-YAP (1-800-348-3927)

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    MantaFest 2023

    16th Annual MantaFest Photography School & Contest

    Yap, Micronesia, August 26 through September 9, 2023.

    Since 2006, our MantaFest program has brought underwater photographers, both amateur and professional, to this small island and its protected reef to compete for prizes, attend workshops, take tours of the island, and experience the unique culture of Yap, which is considered to be among the best preserved in the Pacific region.

    Daily Dive Trips

    Daily dive trips provide opportunities to dive with and photograph the manta rays, sharks, and the plethora of small, colorful tropicals such as the brightly colored mandarin fish and many more wonders of Yap’s underwater world.

    Photography Workshops

    At MantaFest, workshops are led by experts in the field providing their knowledge of all things related to taking better pictures including, but not limited to composition, lighting, and photoshop. They also offer advice during sessions with local models in settings that include the island’s unique stone money banks and traditional dance performances.

    The experts will be happy to teach you the basics and then have you join them on the boat for personalized hands-on experience.

    Top U/W Photographers & Seminars

    David Fleetham

    David’s seminars:

    • Camera Housing & Strobe Maintenance (Keeping the water out!)
    • The Histogram – Getting the exposure light
    • My Workflow – Photo Mechanic – Lightroom – Photoshop (from RAW to TIFF)

    Tim Rock

    Tim’s seminars:

    • Shooting in the shallows – Tips & techniques for shallow water
    • Can do “Getting started in print & e-books”
    • Getting started with GoPros

    Frank Schneider

    Frank’s seminars:

    • Topside Photography – “Creating the perfect image”
    • Harmony of light – Ambient & Strobe – “The easy way”
    • Get in Focus! At the computer at the latest – with the real McCoy
    • Noise Cancelling

    Marty Snyderman

    Marty’s seminars:

    • Keeping your camera system in good working order
    • Become a better underwater photographer
    • Looking at images from a different perspective

    Unfortunately, Ray Bullion and Andy Schumacher will not be with us this year due to cirmcunstances and other obligations. However, we look forward to having them back home with us for MantaFest 2024!

    Our MantaFest 2023 Photo School & Contest packages include:

    • Hotel room w/late check-out
    • 3-tank dive days
    • One (1) Mandarinfish Dive Included
    • One (1) Night Dive Included
    • Free NITROX
    • Participation in photo contest
    • Seminars and workshops
    • Happy Hour one-on-one sessions with the photo pros
    • Evening Media Presentations
    • Shark split photo opportunity
    • Land/culture photo opportunities
    • Beach BBQ
    • 1/2-day land/culture tour
    • Local dinner
    • Breakfast
    • Roundtrip airport transfers
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Hotel Taxes
    • Wake-up service with coffee or tea delivered to your room

    Package Prices

    Duration Standard Ocean View Deluxe Ocean View
    7 nights / 5 dive days $2,229 $2,319 $2,669
    14 nights / 11 dive days $3,829 $3,959 $4,529

    Getting to MantaFest 2023

    We are pleased that United has twice-weekly flights to Yap from Guam (GUM) on Tuesdays & Saturdays. Most major airlines have flights that connect to Guam. Or, if you are in Palau, there are regional flights with PMA from Palau to Yap.

    Visit our Flight Schedules Page for more details. And, of course, you can always Ask Bill! or drop us an email at and we will make all of your flight arrangements for you!

    Photo Contest

    Although our annual MantaFest Photo School and Contest are all about learning, improving your U/W photography skills, fun, meeting new friends, and discovering Yap’s underwater and topside beauty, you also have the chance to win some amazing prizes. From Live-Aboard Scuba Trips to gift vouchers to dive gear and many more. With prizes worth more than $20,000 our annual MantaFest program is one of the world’s highest-valued, resort-based U/W photo contests you can participate in.

     Click Here to check out the 2023 Winners

    Ann Donahue - Manta Flyby

    Best of Show MantaFest 2023

    Ann Donahue

    Manta Flyby

    Photo Contest Categories

    Digital SLR Compact Camera Video Beginner
    Big Animals Big Animals Best Submission Best Submission
    Behavior Behavior
    Land/Culture Land/Culture
    Fish/Creature Portrait Fish/Creature Portrait
    Open/Creative Open/Creative

    Pencil in these future MantaFest dates:

    • 2024 August 24-September 8
    • 2025 August 23-September 7

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    1-800-DIVE-YAP (1-800-348-3927)