Land & Cultural Tours 2
Fully discover Yap on any of our customized tours, from the island’s unique historical culture, to experiencing what life as a Yapese native is like, to kayaking thru its beautiful mangroves and hiking thru forests where the island’s flora and fauna hold special healing powers.
Our concierge team will ensure that you fully engross yourself in their island by providing you insight into their world that only a local would know.
A special place
One of the few most intact island cultures in the world
Biggest monetary banks in the world
Enthralling traditional stick dances
Photo Credit: David Fleetham & Andy Schumacher
A land tour provides you the opportunity to sight-see around the island and visit cultural sites within functioning villages to see such things as Yap’s famous stone money banks, traditional men’s houses, community houses, and walk on stone paths built centuries ago. Yap’s history includes occupation of various nations and to this day some of their influences are still seen around the island as well as in the native language. The island did not remain unscathed during the second World War and remnants of the war can be seen in the relics around the island.
Yap consists of four islands: Rumung to the farthest north; Maap, Gagil-Tomil, and the largest portion which is called ‘Marbaa’-consisting of six municipalities (villages).
Our land tours are customized to fit your interest so that we can fully quench your curiosity of our island. These land tours are offered as either a Half Day Island Tour of 4 hours or as a Full Day Island Tour of 8 hours. A Full Day Island Tour also includes a packed lunch. The tours come with a tour guide, driver, air-conditioned transportation and bottled water.
Yap’s natives to this day still rely on what the land and ocean has to offer in order to survive. In fact, western medicines co-exist with the local medicines of the natives; and this is only possible with the various plant life that can be found on the island.
One of our hiking tours takes you across the center of the largest of the four islands comprising Yap to its western part, through the jungle providing you with a hands-on educational tour about the bird and plant life of Yap.
Scientific Name: Scaevola taccada Local Name: Thoeth Medicinal Uses: Natural eyewash
Scientific Name: Monarcha goedffroidi Local Name: Gigiy (Yap’s State Bird)
The hike is not for the faint-hearted and can generally take up to 2 hours with a beautiful view at the halfway point of the island valley. You can also opt to doing a shorter tour up to what is known as the ‘lookout’ for a panoramic view of Yap’s main town and bay, as well as seeing a few of the WW11 relics and hideouts along the hillside.
View from the ‘Lookout’
A full immersion into the culture can only be accomplished with time spent with the locals and sharing some of their day-to-day responsibilities.
You can choose between learning more about the local medicines from one of the island’s renowned local doctors, with a chance to taste some of the local cuisine prepared by him or learn traditional skills such as coconut rope making. Or spend time learning about the methods and skills of building the local canoes, as well as the option of experiencing a ride in one with the village locals.
This tour also gives you the opportunity to enjoy some of the beautiful northern beaches of the Maap Municipality.
Family patriarch and his granddaughter at their family home
These tours are 2 hours long and are designed to have you engage with the local natives and help you understand the island traditions and ways.
You can also choose to spend time on the southern part of the island in the Kanifay Municipality with a local family in their traditional home and learn about the special traditions used in building their home. The family is more than happy to take you taro patching or fishing if you so wish or just sit with you telling stories of their ancestors and history.