Destination Overview:
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 Details:
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.

Insider Information:
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.

Dive Operators

Dive Sites

Yap is Manta Ray Heaven, and the water temperature is 81 degrees all year round. There are over 30 discovered dive sites. Here are a few of the best:

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image Manta Ray Bay Hotel
image The Pathways Hotel
image Yap Pacific Dive Resort


Non-Diving Activities

  • Snorkel the fringing reef surrounding Yap.
  • Take a tropical hike along one of Yap’s ancient Stone Paths.
  • Tour WWII relics and aviation ruins.
  • Explore the mangrove channels via kayak.
  • Enjoy a sport fishing charter.
  • Take a cultural land tour. See a traditional village, a modern village, stone money, a dance exhibition and more
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Frequently Asked Questions

It is one of the Federated States of Micronesia, located in the western Pacific Ocean. It lies southwest of Guam and northeast of Palau.

From Los Angeles, the flights can take up to 20 hours including 2 stopovers. From New York, it will take 26 hours with 2 stopovers.

The official currency is the US dollar. Yap’s famous stone money is used only during traditional ceremonies and land purchase.

English is commonly used and understood. Yap also has 4 indigenous languages….Yapese, Ulithian, Woleaian, and Satawalese. Many individuals are also fluent in Japanese.

U.S. citizen staying less than 30 days are not required to have a visa. However, all visitors need to have a valid passport and an onward or return ticket. Passports must be valid at least 120 days beyond the date of entry in the FSM.

The U.S. Embassy is located in Kolonia, Pohnpei on Kaselehlie Street (the main downtown street), across from the Pohnpei Botanical Gardens. The contact information is:
US Embassy
PO Box 1286
Kolonia, Pohnpei
FSM 96941

Yap uses standard 110 volts (same as US).

Please check with your airlines regarding luggage requirements and restrictions.

Continental Airlines offers full jet service to Yap.

You will be instructed by your resort on how to proceed with your transfers to the resort.

Mantas, sharks, turtles, tropical reef fishes, barracudas, hard and soft corals, caverns, underwater photography.

Your diving day may start at different times depending on where you are going. Manta dives depart anytime between 6:30am and noon. The standard departure time is 8:30am. Enjoy up to 3 dives a day including a sunset or night dive.

We recommend wearing a 3mm wetsuit. While the water is warm enough to not wear a wetsuit, we would recommend divers to wear one for protection.

Most dive sites are a 5-40 minute boat ride away.

E-tickets and vouchers are sent approximately 3 weeks prior to your departure.

Yap is 17 hours ahead of Los Angeles and 14 hours ahead of New York.