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Traditional Yapese Culture

Traditional Yapese Culture

It’s getting easier to experience the local culture – new tours and excursions are being developed.

A personal village walk with a local guide and local food lunch at a beach house is a new addition that really demonstrates a typical Yapese day.

See a village, hear stories, local lore, historic accounts and take a look at how a modern Yapese family lives a traditional village life.

After diving, there are several two-hour cultural excursions that can be arranged for small groups.

Stone money banks, men’s houses, a village community center, local canoe house, ancient stone paths and a little bit of local flavor await.

Local attire is a Yap visitor’s highlight, hibiscus grass skirts and the men’s “thu” are still a part of everybody’s life here.

Traditional Yapese Culture

Villages are connected by stone paths and trails that meander through the forest lined in community and family gardens – going on a local village walk will bring up a story with every step.

There’s a new village dance and culture tour in the works, a traditional sailing canoe excursion as well as a couple of small group options to see a village.

Everyday there’s an opportunity to get into the island, meet some people, see some sights and settle any curiosity.

Traditional sustenance living is the most common lifestyle in Yap, people here are still integrated with nature.

Local medicine is still practiced and stories of “magic” and medicine people who have spiritual powers are told frequently.

Step across the street and step back in time to when people lived in harmony with their environment.

Village time is rich with interesting and engaging talk.

Traditional Yapese Culture

Traditional Yapese Culture

The top things to see during your stay:

  • Traditional Dance
  • Traditional Attire
  • Village Community Center
  • Men’s House
  • The Beach
  • A Sunset over the Lagoon
  • Stone Money Bank
  • Stone Paths

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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
ASALI
ASALI
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.
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
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