Yap Day 2013

Yap Day Bamboo Dance, Yap Island Micronesia

This is one of the times of year to have a “Best of Yap” week… if Manta mating season wasn’t enough to get you  here, how about an island wide cultural party in full ceremonial color. If you’re coming to Yap in the spring, you might want to coordinate your travel plans to connect with this event.

manta mating behavior, Yap Micronesia

Diving During Yap Day

It’s about as good as it gets for being up close with these Mantas, guests come back lit up about how many animals and how close they were, daily.

Right now you see them in large numbers and dancing over the reef in mating interactions. The biggest number reported recently has been 20 Mantas on a single dive.

You can watch trains of Mantas swoop in from the channel and flirt with each other over the cleaning station in the morning… and make Yap Day by 11AM.

Jump right in and make yourself room with your camera, or even participate in the activities.

I put together a web page about the Yap Day experience with pictures of the dances, traditional demonstrations and cultural presentations.

From free local food to hand crafted Yapese baskets and clothing, there’s something to take home with you from this festival.

This is a popular week in Yap and a busy one for the op, it’s recommended to get on the radar in advance for this part of the season.

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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
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