Sunday, October 25, 2020

MantaFest 2003 Cancelled


Due to the current problems in the travel industry, organizers were unable to secure the reservations necessary for the 2003 Manta Ray festival held in Yap, Micronesia. The event originally planned to begin june 25, 2003 has been cancelled for this reason.

Yap is world famous for its large population of resident manta rays. On Yap a manta dive does not mean diving hoping for a manta encounter, it means diving to see the mantas. If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].

Many species of marine creatures that are rare in some parts of the world are plentiful in Yap. Dive sites such as Lionfish Wall offer a chance to experience the beauty of a pristine coral reef. One perpetual favorite of divers is the colorful clownfish. Five species can be seen in Yap. Some of the anemones they live in are over four feet across and host dozens of clowns.

Hopefully next year’s event can proceed as planned and divers will be able to enjoy the pristine beauty of the island during MantaFest 2004.

For more information or if you have questions regarding this event cancellation visit:

Cliff Etzel
Cliff Etzel
Cliff is the former Freediving editor of He is now a freelance journalist and film-maker.


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