Event | MantaFest 2024 | Yap, Micronesia | August 24 - September 8, 2024

Manta Ray Bay Resort copyright David Fleetham Yap Micronesia


August 24 - September 8, 2024

Have the extra time? Stay on for BlackwaterFest


Ikelite Ambassador David Fleetham will be one of six photo pros who will be participating in the 17th annual Manta Fest photo festival in Yap, Micronesia. The pros will be diving every day with the participants and offering tips above and below to improve your photo skills.

Manta Ray over reef in Yap Micronesia copyright David Fleetham Ikelite

Enjoy close encounters with huge manta rays that cruise by the reef.


Traditional dancers in Yap Micronesia with stone money in background copyright Jean Rydberg Ikelite

Traditional dance performance with the famous stone money in the background.

In addition to workshops, the pros will also offer their advice both on the boat and on land. Shore excursions include Yap's famous stone money banks and traditional dance performances.

Enter to Win

All participants will be eligible for a photo contest involving images shot during the festival. There are 12 different categories to enter including a Beginner category! With prizes worth more than $20,000US, this is one of the world's highest-valued, resort-based underwater photo contests you can enter. 

Check out some tips on entering a photo contest here:

Tips on Entering a Photo Contest

Photo Contest Tips From a 100x Winner

Entering a Photo Contest with a Winner's Mindset


Manta Fest David Fleetham

Manta Ray Bay Resort packages are available from 4 nights to 14 nights. This event is limited to just 60 divers so you'll get plenty of pro interaction.


Reserve your spot

For more information and to book a spot check out www.mantafest.com.

Manta Fest David Fleetham


Additional Reading

An Insider's Guide to Diving Yap, Micronesia

Photographing Giant Mantas in Yap

Manta Rays Underwater Camera Settings and Technique

Yap, Micronesia Underwater Photography

World's First Animated 3D Anatomically Accurate Model of a Manta Ray [VIDEO]

David Fleetham Ambassador Profile



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