Gentle Giants

Yap's manta-dives are done at the cleaning stations. Divers wait on the seabed (11-15m).

Sometimes the wait can seem rather long...

When I saw the first manta approaching in the distance, I forgot to breathe

As the mantas get closer, everyone scrambles to get a shot. It's quite entertaining to watch divers fall over in slow motion as they follow the mantas with their heads.

Often, the manta will fly directly over your head

Sometimes, they sail just metres above you