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Yap is possibly the most intriguing island in Micronesia. With its giant stone money, grass skirts, and traditional men’s houses, Yap is a land steeped in ancient traditions & fascinating legends, with one of the most distinctive cultures in the Pacific.

Almost completely encircling the island, a fringing reef provides a backdrop for some of the most colourful and diverse marine and coral life in Micronesia. Yap offers a whole range of diving experiences, from drop-offs, gentle slopes and channel drifts, to the protected confines of Colonia harbour, from where most dive sites are less than 30 minutes away. 

Yap is also the world’s foremost destination for seeing manta rays up close and personal; nowhere else on earth are they seen on a consistent basis year round – a fact that has catapulted Yap to the top of lists of the finest diving attractions in the world. Yap is also excellent for snorkellers, with the reefs starting close to the surface.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: reef manta ray, grey reef shark, white-tip reef shark, black-tip reef shark

Dive trips

This dive location is featured in the following itinerary:

Palau & Yap

A fabulous twin centre itinerary to two of the Pacific’s most iconic and spectacular diving destinations. Experience manta rays up close and personal in Yap, and dive the rich colourful reefs and wrecks of Palau.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 19 days
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Manta Ray Bay Hotel

A dedicated dive resort in Yap, Manta Ray Bay Hotel was designed by, and built for, divers. It offers 35 elegant and spacious rooms, with dive facilities and equipment storage conveniently located within the hotel.