Getting around Yap

I’m happy to be the one to pass this information. I’ve been checking this place out and sure enough it’s the real deal island paradise.

First, let’s cover some basics about getting around and being in Yap.

Saying hi – “Mogethin” is the standard greeting, it has a little pronunciation spin on it that will take some getting used to, “Moe – gah – theen”, but that’s your basic Yap vocabulary friend making starter kit.

It’s really easy to be here, this place should be called “Yap, the Island of Stone Money, strong magic and cool people”.

It’s a place where traditional values are still part of everyday life.

That’s the same Manta Ray Bay Resort Beach where they threw the 4th of July party.

There are some nice spots on this island. Beaches are private, everything is split up into villages and family properties, including the water. If you want to use a beach, a reef, a lagoon… whatever, you can ask for permission, or be taken there.

There are a lot of things that make this island special, a part of it is pure magical beauty.

A Yap shore tour with the locals is not a wasted day. You could start a postcard business with a good camera and a couple of hours in Yap.

Everywhere you turn there’s a story. Out there in the distance is Japanese excavator that at one time was harvesting corral to build an airstrip.

The cool thing is all of this is within minutes of the resort and there’s transportation of your choice available.

Everywhere you go, there’s something that will stop you and hold your attention. Yap island beauty is just like being at the shark dive, Bill’s exact words my first time were, “Go ahead and get as close as you feel comfortable” – I took him literally.

Yap doesn’t have much elevation to boast, but when you get up to the ceiling you have a 360 view and can see both the Philippine Sea and Pacific Ocean.

Wherever you go you will find natural beauty that you can see and feel.

Each beach offers something a little different, some have huge spans of reef and you can’t even see the waves and other places the deep blue is close to the shore.

We drove through mangrove, coconut and betel nut tree forests on quiet Yapese village streets for most of the morning. It’s a small island, if it weren’t for the 15 and 20 mph speed limits you could run a lap of this place in under an hour… but in Yap time, this is a half day drive.

Nature is still respected, which includes the sound of it. When in a residential area, there’s no music pumping out of the car windows, and in the village you drive as fast as people walk. It’s a preserved environment right down to what you hear.

Yap is a place where you can still find a natural rhythm. If it weren’t for roosters crowing in the jungle, it would be almost silent.

This is what Yap looks like after getting shown around a few parts of the island.

There’s two things that are huge in Yap; the ocean, and the sky. When the two come together at the end of the day, it’s worth checking out, I’ll say that.

The sun doesn’t set on the hotel side of the island – so, I would highly recommend a sunset outing while you’re here in Yap… that’ll put the exclamation point in your dive day.

2 thoughts on “Getting around Yap”

  1. Amazing pictures! Yap is a truely beautiful place and the Manta Ray Bay are the ones to show it to you.

  2. Totally agree. Been there several times and is one of my favorites. Now we just need some of the great underwater shots.

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Availability & Reservations

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 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 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 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 more
William Myers
William Myers
21:01 21 Jul 18
Great hotel. Have stayed twice.
Emily Caquelin
Emily Caquelin
04:10 02 Aug 18
Manta Ray Bay Resort is a great dive resort with extremely hospitable staff.
Daniel Granzer
Daniel Granzer
11:40 23 Aug 18
We were from 11.08 to 18.08 at the Manta Ray Bay resort and had unforgettable days there 😍In total we made 12 dives with wonderful encounters. Highlights were, of course, the manta rays in the Goofnuw Channel and many white tip reef sharks in the Shark City 🦈 But also we saw eagle rays, turtles 🐢 and buffalo head parrotfish. The hotel is beautiful and the whole team does a great job there. The food on the ship Mnuw, as well as the home-brewed beer are excellent. Thank you again to the whole team of Manta Ray Bay Resort and Yap Divers 👏🏼We also did a one-day land tour to explore the many beautiful places of this unique island. The beach is like in paradise🏝, stone money and relics from the second world war very worth to see! You find there also culturally typical houses with different meaning and use! It would be nice if more visitors would come to this great island and appreciate the great work that is done there! Anyway, we really enjoyed it and would come back anytime 🙏🏻✌🏼read more
Jonathan Gapith
Jonathan Gapith
10:31 19 Sep 18
Best dive resort around, amazingly friendly staff and great food on the mnuw
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