Yap is part of the Federated States of Micronesia. It lies 360 miles north east of Palau in the Pacific Ocean and is made up of four islands joined by bridges or mangrove-lined waterways. It is famous for its large population of resident manta rays, which can usually be seen at all times of the year. In addition to the attraction of manta rays congregating around the channels, the outer reef walls drop steeply to the clear ocean waters where sharks and pelagics cruise up and down the reefs. Shark feeding dives are conducted here once a week, providing an exhilarating opportunity to witness and photograph a feeding frenzy with shark numbers often exceeding forty.
It is an exotic land steeped in ancient traditions and legends and peopled by one of the most distinctive cultures in the Pacific. Dance is an artform on Yap, and it is through these raucous and well-orchestrated dances that legends are told and history is recorded. These dances can be seen during local village visits and are a must for the visitor. Yap is known as the 'Island of Stone Money', after the strange and incredible carved discs that can be seen all over the island.
There are no liveaboards in Yap, but there are two excellent hotels to choose from; the 'Manta Ray Bay Hotel & Yap Divers' and the 'Yap Pacific Dive Resort'. The hotels are just a few minutes stroll from one another and guests are freely invited to drink and dine in each of them. Yap has much to offer with plenty to see and do for divers and non divers alike.
While there are currently no Liveaboards listed in this area, please take a look at the great and varied diving to be had from some wonderful Resorts and Hotels. Click on the Resorts Tab to find out more.