Diving in Yap

You will find Yap, a traditional and intriguing island in Micronesia, sitting just 9 degrees north of the equator. This island, considered the most fascinating in Micronesia, has good diving conditions all year round; however, we recommend you visit from December to April, when you will find the best diving conditions. These months are Manta mating season, and you can get up close and personal with these gentle giants. The waters of Yap are most famous for their resident manta rays. In this place you will find the largest concentration of manta rays in the world. Yap is rich in ancient traditions and is home to one of the most distinctive cultures of the Pacific. For locals, dance is one of the most important traditions, and it is used to pass down legends and record history, as well as for entertainment purposes. We recommend you visit during the wetter summer months, from April to September, when you will have a good chance of encountering dolphins and pilot whales. Other areas of Yap boast crystal clear water, fun swim-throughs, and plenty of smaller critters to keep your eyes busy. To get there, you can catch a flight from either Guam or Palau but only on certain days of the week.

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Wildlife in Yap

Mantas, mantas, and more mantas. Did we say mantas? The largest concentration of manta rays in the entire world is located in Yap, so the best time for you to travel to this region is during manta mating season, from December to April, when you are guaranteed to come close to these remarkable creatures that can have wingspans of up to 14 ft (4.3 m). You will probably also encounter blacktip, grey, and whitetip reef sharks. The healthy reefs are teaming with both hard and soft corals, and colorful fish galore. Yap is also home to one of the most unique and beautifully colored small fish, the mandarin fish.

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sharks
Whitetip Reef Shark
Blacktip Reef Shark
Grey Reef Shark
Rays
Reef Manta
Eagle Ray
Stingrays
Turtles
Green Sea Turtle
Hawksbill Turtle
Fishes
Moray Eel
Angelfish
Butterfly Fish
Clownfish
Barracuda
Lionfish
Wrasse
Puffer Fish
Crevalle jack
Snapper
Surgeonfish
Sweetlips and Grunts
Parrotfish
Molluscs
Octopus
  Jan - Mar Apr - Jun Jul - Sep Oct - Dec
Sharks
Whitetip Reef Shark
Blacktip Reef Shark
Grey Reef Shark
Rays
Reef Manta
Eagle Ray
Stingrays
Turtles
Green Sea Turtle
Hawksbill Turtle
Fishes
Moray Eel
Angelfish
Butterfly Fish
Clownfish
Barracuda
Lionfish
Wrasse
Puffer Fish
Crevalle jack
Snapper
Surgeonfish
Sweetlips and Grunts
Parrotfish
Molluscs
Octopus

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