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Yap is the most intriguing island in Micronesia.  It is a land steeped in ancient traditions, fascinating legends, and peopled by one of the most distinctive cultures in the Pacific.  Attractions like a handmade seaside men's house, cultural village tours, huge, ancient stone money discs, and stone money banks, dancing, handicraft making, marine life and mangrove forests highlight a visit to this unique outpost.

The Yappese are the greatest of the Polynesian navigators.Our Hawaiian voyaging canoe "Hokulea" has A Yappese navigator. Since Yap is geologically unique in Micronesia, sedimentary in origin, all the rock is shale. Palau, about 700 miles southwest of Yap is predominately volcanically uplifted limestone created from ancient coral reefs. It is uniquely crystalline in nature. Voyaging to Palau by canoe, Yappese quarried this stone,risking their lives to get home with the largest coin! Many voyages were fraught with danger and adventure, the tougher the voyage, the more the money is worth!

Yap is famous for its clear waters where schools of tuna, dolphins, and reef fish are found in abundance.

  Observing the greatly varied marine life on the reefs and in the channels has become necessary for divers around the world.  While clear waters and sheer drop-offs certainly describe Yap's diving, one fact stands above the rest.  Yap is the world's foremost destination for seeing manta rays up close and personal.  There is no other place on earth where they can be seen on such a consistent basis year 'round.  This fact has catapulted Yap to the top on all lists of the finest diving attractions in the world.

PhinsAndGills says:
Micronesia is on my list of "places I have to see". Your blog has given me good ideas about what to see there!
Posted on: Feb 15, 2008
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