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About Yap

Yap is a lush tropical island located just 9 degrees north of the equator. Unlike many South Pacific islands, Yap is an uplifted portion of the Asian Continental Shelf. It is surrounded by a broad shallow lagoon and nearly 90 miles of barrier reef.

Yap is famous for its clear waters where schools of tuna, dolphins and reef fish are found in abundance. Observing the greatly varied marine life on the reefs and in the channels has become a must for divers around the world. While clear waters and sheer dropoffs certainly describe Yap's diving, one fact stands above the rest. Yap is the world's foremost destination for seeing manta rays up close and personal. There is no other place on earth where they can be seen on such a consistent basis year 'round. This fact has catapulted Yap to the top on all lists of the finest diving attractions in the world.

Two of the most exciting dives in the world are found here - Mi'l Channel and Manta Ridge. Mi'l Channel is located on the northwest side of the island. Each morning the mantas cruise through the channel towards the "cleaning station" for their morning ritual. As divers nestle in the sand around the coral head, the gentle mantas range in size from four to fourteen feet, pass inches overhead.

Manta Ridge is located near the mouth of Mi'l Channel, this is the site that made Yap famous among divers. The shallow area of the ridge provides divers and snorkellers alike with a front row seat to an incredible underwater show. Resident schools of trevallys, black snapper, parrotfish, sharks, moray eels, turtles, eagle rays, mantas, and even dolphins and mahi-mahi are encountered at Manta Ridge.

Getting There

United Airlines offers flights to Yap a 2 times a week from Guam and 1 per week from Palau.


All visitors arriving in the Federated States of Micronesia must have and present proof of citizenship or nationality by possessing a valid passport or other travel document issued by the government of the country of citizenship or nationality. The document must be valid for at least 120 days beyond the date of departure. Citizens and nationals of the Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, or the United States may prove citizenship or nationality by possessing a passport, birth certificate or Federated States of Micronesia entry permit.

Upon arrival, all non-citizens without a valid entry permit must present a completed "Federated States of Micronesia Immigration Arrival and Departure Record." This form is furnished by a carrier prior to arrival at the point of entry. Those wishing to visit for a period exceeding 30 days must also complete a entry permit. A permit is not required for a person visiting the FSM for 30 days or less.

Every visitor must demonstrate the ability to travel onward beyond the Federated States of Micronesia and to leave at the end of the visit. This can be shown by possession of a return or onward ticket to a destination outside of the Federated States of Micronesia to a place where his or her travel documents will allow entry. At the discretion of the Chief of Immigration & Labor, in lieu of a ticket, the visitor may present any other form of proof to show that the non-citizen will be able to leave upon expiration of the visit or otherwise.

Citizens and nationals of the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the United States may be issued an entry permit for the duration of the visit which shall not exceed one year.

All other noncitizens may be issued an entry permit for an additional period not to exceed 60 days.

All non-citizens, other than visitors must have their entry permits applied for prior to arrival.

Visitor Information

Currency, Banking and Credit Cards:
The U.S. dollar is the official currency. There are several U.S. FDIC insured banks operating in the Federated States of Micronesia. Most major credit cards are welcome at most visitor-oriented businesses.

The Federated States of Micronesia spans two time zones. Yap and Chuuk are 10 hours ahead of GMT; Pohnpei and Kosrae are GMT +11 hours.

Modern, reliable telecommunication links worldwide. TV, FAX and Internet services are readily available through the services of the Federated States of Micronesia Telecommunications Corporation.

Medical Facilities:
The Federated States of Micronesia is a healthy place to visit. There are no tropical diseases and health care is readily available. Each of the Federated States of Micronesia has a modern major hospital.

Postal Services:
U.S. Postal rates apply, and there are post offices on all the four states. Post offices are open daily during regular business hours and are closed on week-ends.

What to Wear:
Travel light. It never gets cold in FSM, so only lightweight clothing should be brought. Attire is very casual and formal wear is considered unnecessary and impractical. Hats, sunglasses and sun screen are recommended when enjoying the sun.

Churches of many denominations can be found throughout the islands.

Several newspapers, government and private, are available. There are several AM and FM radio stations as well as cable stations on Pohnpei and Chuuk where you can watch live satellite broadcasts of CNN and ESPN.

Visitors to the country are guests and hospitality is an honor in our culture. Tips are neither expected nor encouraged.

Standard 110 volt and US type outlets are used.

Taxis are plentiful in the state centers and can be called to most locations. Rental cars, local boats and buses are also available.

The stores in state centers offer a variety of goods including T-shirts with local expressions, arts and crafts, items of local manufacture such as jewelry, carvings and other local products. All make perfect gifts to remember your visit.

Business Hours:
Business hours are normally from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. On weekends most retail outlets are open with some limiting hours from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Banks and Government Offices are closed. Restaurants and Bars are open until 10:00 p.m. on weekdays and on weekends.

Local Foods:
The staple foods of the island are taro, yam, breadfruit, sweet potatoes and coconut. The main source of protein are fish, crabs, clams and pork. Restaurants offer local fare on their menus along with a wide selection of international dishes.





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