Yap Islands, Micronesia
Yap is an island in the Caroline Islands of the western Pacific Ocean. It is a state of the Federated States of Micronesia. The "island" of Yap actually consists of four continental islands, joined within a common coral reef. The land is mostly rolling hills densely covered with vegetation. Mangrove swamps line much of the shore. An outer barrier reef surrounds the islands, enclosing a lagoon between fringing reefs the barrier reef. Colonia is the capital of the State of Yap. It administers both Yap proper and 14 atolls reaching to the east and south for some 800 km.
Yap is a famous diving destination, known for its clear waters, abundant marine life and opportunities to dive close to manta rays. Other activities include mountain biking, hike on an ancient stone path or deep sea fishing. There are also many unspoiled beaches to enjoy.
Things to see and do
* Hiking & mountain biking
* Yapese stone money
* St Joseph’s Church - Gagil
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – United States dollar (USD)
Language – English, Ulithian, Woleaian, Satawalese, and Yapese.
Land Area – 102 km²
Population – 6,500 approx
Electricity – 2 angled flat pins and 1 round pin centred below Australian style
Time – GMT plus ten hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 691
Port Location – Anchorage is available at Colonia.
Transport Links – Yap International Airport receives service from Continental Micronesia, a subsidiary of Continental Airlines.