5 Things About Yap


Get to know Yap

Yap is a very interesting place that is set on the very fringe of the first world grid. The undeveloped tropical setting and rich traditional culture mix with today’s broadband world creating a unique experience. Here are a few interesting things about a place that many people haven’t heard about.


1. Yap’s history is [still] almost entirely oral.

Events, legends and myths are passed on through the generations more with song and dance, carvings and stories, than in books.


2. Yapese people believe in weather magic.

So much in fact that for important celebrations or events the government requests the services of weather medicine people.


3. The Yapese language could be the most difficult to learn in the world.

There are few to no foreigners who can speak Yapese, including those who have lived here for over 30 years.


4. Most of Yap’s population live a traditional lifestyle.

Yapese culture is a mix of today and yesterday. On one side of the street there is WiFi and a floating restaurant, and on the other, people cook over a coconut husk fire.


5. Less than 2,000 people arrived at Yap Intl Airport Last Year.

This includes residents, workers and government travel. A very small number of people will ever visit Yap which makes the experience quite personal and memorable.


6. The World’s First Manta Ray Sanctuary

You may have already heard about Yap State Law 7-36 that established the first government-backed manta ray sanctuary – if not, it’s something that everyone should know about Yap – this is where eco-tourism was founded on manta ray diving.


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Jim Reilly
Jim Reilly
11:27 21 Mar 18
We stayed at the hotel and dove with Manta Ray divers in early December 2017. The hotel is very comfortable, well run and staffed with wonderful employees. During our visit my wife came down with an illness and the consideration and support from the hotel and dive staff could not have been better.read more
Sandy Stinson
Sandy Stinson
16:03 03 Mar 18
The staff couldn't be more friendly and accommodating. Food is good, (worth upgrading to include all meals). Diving is good too.read more
Alex Divinsky
Alex Divinsky
17:24 01 Jan 18
The best place to stay in Yap. The resort is really nice and clean, the scuba diving is great, and the docked ship that houses the bar, restaurant, and movie screen is very cool. I really enjoyed my stay here.read more
10:44 01 Jan 18
Offers one of the best accommodation service. It also has a uniquely designed restaurant.
Yi-Hsin Lin
Yi-Hsin Lin
00:53 21 Feb 17
The whole place centers around the scuba diving operation. Probably better to find somewhere else if you're not a diver. The dive operation was generally good, but a little too laid back - schedules weren't always clear, and sometimes would change without any notice. Sometimes it was hard to tell if this was really because of changing tides/weather or because of the island pace of life. Pizza is a surprisingly good option at the restaurant.read more
William Myers
William Myers
21:01 21 Jul 18
Great hotel. Have stayed twice.
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