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Yap Islands
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Yap Islands

The Yap Islands are a group of four islands located in the western Pacific Ocean, part of the Federated States of Micronesia. The islands are located about 495 miles east of the Philippines and about 600 miles north of Papua New Guinea. The main islands are Yap, Gagil-Tamil, Maap, and Rumung, with several smaller islands and atolls nearby, including Elato, Fais, and Ulithi.

The Yap Islands are home to a diverse population, with people from many different cultures and backgrounds. The population is primarily made up of Yapese, who are of Austronesian descent, and Chamorro, who are of Malayo-Polynesian descent. The Yapese are known for their unique culture, which includes a complex system of social and political organization, as well as a rich oral history.

The islands were first settled by Austronesian-speaking people around 2000 BCE, and the Yapese began to develop their own unique culture and language. The islands were an important trading center in the region, and in 1525, the Spanish explorer Alvaro de Saavedra visited the islands. In the late 19th century, the islands were colonized by Germany, and in 1914 they were occupied by Japan. After World War II, the islands became part of the United Nations Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, and in 1986, they gained independence as part of the Federated States of Micronesia.

Today, the Yap Islands are a popular tourist destination. The islands are known for their beautiful beaches, lush tropical forests, and vibrant culture. Visitors can explore the islands’ many attractions, including the ancient stone money that is still used today, the traditional Yapese villages, and the abundant marine life. The islands are also home to a number of historic sites, including ruins of Spanish forts and World War II relics.

Excursion tips for a day in Yap Islands

Visiting the Yap Islands in Micronesia is a great way to experience the unique culture, stunning landscapes, and rich history of this remote archipelago. Here are some of the best activities to do in the Yap Islands in one day:

1. Explore the traditional villages of Yap, where you can observe the traditional lifestyle and learn about the customs and culture of the islanders.

2. Visit the Stone Money Bank, where you can see the ancient stone coins that are still used as currency in Yap.

3. Take a boat tour of the pristine coral reefs and lagoons of the Yap Islands, where you can spot colorful tropical fish, sea turtles, and other marine life.

4. Go snorkeling or scuba diving in the crystal-clear waters of the Yap Islands, where you can explore the vibrant coral reefs and deep sea creatures.

5. Relax on one of the many white-sand beaches of Yap, where you can soak up the sun and enjoy the stunning views.

6. Visit the Yap Cultural Center, which offers a range of educational programs and cultural exhibits about Yap's history and culture.

7. Take a guided tour of the jungle, where you can explore the lush vegetation and spot exotic wildlife.

8. Indulge in the local cuisine, which features fresh seafood and tropical fruits.

9. Take a tour of the mangrove forests, where you can learn about the importance of these ecosystems and the species that rely on them.

10. Visit the local markets, which offer a variety of handmade crafts and souvenirs.

Experience Yap Islands with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Yap Islands. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Yap Islands

The climate in Yap Islands in Micronesia is tropical and humid, with temperatures ranging from 24-32°C (75-90°F) throughout the year. The wet season is from May to October, with the highest rainfall occurring in July and August. The dry season is from November to April, with the least rainfall occurring in February. Humidity is generally high, with the most humidity occurring during the wet season. The islands experience occasional typhoons during the wet season, but they are not as frequent as in other parts of Micronesia.

Cruise weather for Yap Islands

Our weather forecast for Yap Islands helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Feb. 21st 2024 Feb. 21st 2024 max: 27.4 °C
min: 26.9 °C
34.9 m/s
39.2 m/s
50.3 %
21.8 m
79.7 %
1,012 hPa
07:05:09
18:57:21
Feb. 22nd 2024 Feb. 22nd 2024 max: 27.7 °C
min: 26.8 °C
31.3 m/s
34.9 m/s
74.6 %
22.6 m
79.1 %
1,012 hPa
07:04:47
18:57:29
Feb. 23rd 2024 Feb. 23rd 2024 max: 27.7 °C
min: 27.3 °C
29.5 m/s
34.6 m/s
74.3 %
24.1 m
80.5 %
1,012 hPa
07:04:25
18:57:36
Feb. 24th 2024 Feb. 24th 2024 max: 27.6 °C
min: 27.3 °C
31.0 m/s
37.1 m/s
83.2 %
23.5 m
81.8 %
1,011 hPa
07:04:01
18:57:43
Feb. 25th 2024 Feb. 25th 2024 max: 27.2 °C
min: 26.8 °C
33.8 m/s
39.2 m/s
72.4 %
15.2 m
85.2 %
1,009 hPa
07:03:37
18:57:49
Feb. 26th 2024 Feb. 26th 2024 max: 27.3 °C
min: 27 °C
35.6 m/s
37.8 m/s
95.8 %
21.9 m
80.6 %
1,009 hPa
07:03:13
18:57:55
Feb. 27th 2024 Feb. 27th 2024 max: 27.3 °C
min: 27 °C
32.4 m/s
38.5 m/s
85.5 %
24.1 m
72.2 %
1,009 hPa
07:02:48
18:58:00
Feb. 28th 2024 Feb. 28th 2024 max: 27.3 °C
min: 26.8 °C
39.2 m/s
40.7 m/s
93.2 %
23.7 m
74.2 %
1,009 hPa
07:02:22
18:58:05
Feb. 29th 2024 Feb. 29th 2024 max: 27.4 °C
min: 26.9 °C
34.0 m/s
38.2 m/s
96.7 %
24.1 m
77.2 %
1,010 hPa
07:01:55
18:58:09
Mar. 1st 2024 Mar. 1st 2024 max: 27.5 °C
min: 27.1 °C
33.6 m/s
38.3 m/s
89.6 %
23.1 m
77.1 %
1,009 hPa
07:01:28
18:58:13
Mar. 2nd 2024 Mar. 2nd 2024 max: 27.5 °C
min: 27.2 °C
37.1 m/s
43.2 m/s
94.7 %
24.1 m
81.6 %
1,008 hPa
07:01:01
18:58:17
Mar. 3rd 2024 Mar. 3rd 2024 max: 27.6 °C
min: 27.2 °C
38.9 m/s
47.2 m/s
79.1 %
23.0 m
82.9 %
1,009 hPa
07:00:32
18:58:20
Mar. 4th 2024 Mar. 4th 2024 max: 27.6 °C
min: 27.3 °C
35.2 m/s
43.6 m/s
75.6 %
23.8 m
80.9 %
1,009 hPa
07:00:04
18:58:22

Cruises to Yap Islands

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Scheduled ship calls in Yap Islands, Micronesia
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
May 12th 2024 Sunday, 12th of May 2024 HANSEATIC spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am
May 13th 2024 Monday, 13th of May 2024 HANSEATIC spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am
May 14th 2025 Wednesday, 14th of May 2025 HANSEATIC inspiration 12:00 am 12:00 am
May 15th 2025 Thursday, 15th of May 2025 HANSEATIC inspiration 12:00 am 12:00 am
Oct. 22nd 2025 Wednesday, 22nd of Oct. 2025 HANSEATIC spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am
Oct. 23rd 2025 Thursday, 23rd of Oct. 2025 HANSEATIC spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am
May 9th 2026 Saturday, 9th of May 2026 HANSEATIC inspiration 12:00 am 12:00 am
May 10th 2026 Sunday, 10th of May 2026 HANSEATIC inspiration 12:00 am 12:00 am

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