Country: Micronesia

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Intro to Yap

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.


Yap Underwater Video Featuring Shark Diving  

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Diving Information 

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Yap Marine Life

Yap holds numerous animals that bring in divers worldwide. Whether its Mantas, the numerous sharks that patrol the walls, macro shots for the mating mandarin fish, or the beautiful swim-throughs at Yap caverns, there is something for everyone. Don't forget dolphins, turtles, eagle rays, schooling bumphead parrotfish, and more.  


Diving Conditions

  • 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)


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Travel Information 

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How to Get There

Most visitors arrive at Yap International Airport via United Airlines, which flies from Palau or Guam.  


How to Dive Yap

There are professionally run dive shops and dive resorts ready to accommodate divers of all skill levels.  


Best Time to Dive

Diving is available year-round. In the summer months, it is wetter, but best times to see dolphins and pilot whales.


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.


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Practical Information

  • 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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