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.
Airlines offers flights to Yap a 2 times a week from
Guam and 1 per week from Palau.
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.
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.
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.
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.
other noncitizens may be issued an entry permit for
an additional period not to exceed 60 days.
non-citizens, other than visitors must have their
entry permits applied for prior to arrival.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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 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.
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.