Yap is believed to have been settled by a seafaring people from the area today known as eastern Indonesia and the southern part of the Philippines sometime around 1500 B.C. Today Yap is part of the Federated States of Micronesia, which also contain Chuuk, Pohnpei and Kosrae.
English is widely spoken in Yap, even among the Yapese. There are no less than four major traditional languages: Yapese, Ulithian, Woleaian and Satawalese. Yapese is spoken on Yap proper, the others on the outer islands.
The Yapese have managed to maintain their unique culture while selectively adopting desirable improvements from the west. Modern schools have created a very high level of literacy and good health care is readily available.
Yap is famous for its clear waters and a population of resident manta rays, schools of tuna, dolphins and reef fish are found in abundance. Yap is a paradise for the underwater photographer or videographer. More than 200 species of hard and soft corals form the reefs of Yap.
Yap boasts clear waters, sheer drop-offs and caverns that offer a truly spectacular dive experience. Enjoy swim throughs and pinnacles populated by lion fish, five species of clownfish and sleeping white tip reef sharks.The visibility on the reefs usually exceeds 100 feet and frequently is over 150ft. There is no other place on earth where they can be seen on such a consistent basis year round.
Continental Airlines serves the island of Yap via two airports: Palau (ROR) and Guam (GUM). Since 2010 Continental Airlines has been a Star Alliance member, which means you can get to Yap on your preferred Star Alliance Airline on one ticket, and have it count to your mileage plan.
Traveling through Guam requires a visa with the United States (USA). To avoid this visa requirement, consider traveling via Taipei or Manila to Palau then Yap.