Yap in a Nutshell - Diving in Yap can be an eco-tourist’s dream come true, especially thanks to the recently designated protected area around Yap Island, where manta rays are able to swim freely and safely through the rich waters of the Pacific. This law, passed in 2008, protects the habitat of Yap's resident population of manta rays up to 12 miles offshore, an 8,243-square-mile area, comprising 16 main islands and atolls and 145 islets.
Manta rays favor Yap's marine ecosystem thanks to a biodiverse cluster of cleaning stations; there is a healthy density of planktonic organisms and a pollution-free environment. This haven means manta rays are yearlong residents around Yap Island, making it one of the last places in the world where sighting a manta ray is almost guaranteed any time of the year. The sanctuary is also a haven for a huge marine life ecosystem and also serves as a protected home for sharks, turtles, reef fish, and eagle rays. This Micronesian paradise holds abundant macro life, beautiful hard coral gardens, and spectacular big animal encounters.
With calm conditions and new sites still being discovered, Yap has something for every level of diver, from beginners to the most advanced.
Visibility: Changes drastically in the channels from 20 - over 100 ft, while outer reefs hold a more consistent 100+ vis.
Water Temperatures: Stay in the 80s year-long
Depth Range: 5 - 40 m (16 - 131 ft)
Topside & Non-Diving Activities - No visit would be complete without a sightseeing tour to learn of the Yap ancient culture. Try out sailing on their traditional canoes, or look through the Yap living history museum. Kayaking, deep sea fishing, hiking/biking are a few of the other activities to keep you entertained during your visit.
Currency: US Dollar (USD)
Language: The official languages of the island are Yapese, Ulithian, Woleaian and Satawalese. English is used as a common language.
Main Airport Code: YAP
Time Zone: UTC+10
Electricity: 120 V / 60 Hz
Vaccines: Please check the CDC website for updated information on vaccines, health concerns, etc. It is recommended that you are up to date with Typhoid, Tetanus/Diphtheria, Hepatitis and Polio for any trip to the tropics.
Visa: Not required for tourists staying 30 days or fewer.
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