Yap is an island among the Caroline Islands in the Western Pacific Ocean. It is part of the Federated States of Micronesia and is known as the “Mysterious Isle of the Stone Money”. Yap lies southwest of Guam and northeast of Palau. Yap has managed to let most of the modern world pass by and practices Micronesia’s most reserved and traditional lifestyle. Most intriguing to visitors (aside from the prolific schools of mantas) is the famous stone money of Yap–massive wheels of solid stone quarried in far off Palau and placed outside the thatched men’s houses and family huts to denote wealth and status.
Diving is excellent and unexplored in Yap’s clear waters and virgin reefs. Manta Ridge, in Miil Channel, offers divers a unique experience…swimming in the midst of breathtaking schools of manta rays.
Yap may not have the luxury and bright lights of a big island, but the friendly faces, traditional lifestyle and unspoiled beauty make it an unforgettable part of the charm and mystique that is the Micronesia experience.