Visit an ancient ‘stone money’ bank
When in Yap, you must visit a jungle 'bank' and see the Rai stones: huge disks of calcite, up to four metres in diameter with a hole in the middle. This stone money was used in local transactions like dowry payments and land purchases.
Their value was based on their size and history and there are approximately 6,500 scattered across the island. The most impressive cluster is around the village of Balabat.
Dive with manta rays
From November to May, large numbers of manta rays gather in Mi'il Channel, offering the chance to swim with these magnificent creatures on the southern end and western side of the island.
Explore traditional culture
Located in the main town of Colonia, the Yap Living History Museum is dedicated to celebrating and preserving the unique local culture and traditions.
Museum activities include reenactments, traditional dances, live arts, cooking, storytelling, canoe sailing, weaving and handicrafts. The island is also dotted with traditional houses, including beachside faluw (meeting houses).
Hike the Tamilyog Trail
The Tamilyog Trail bisects the main island of Yap, offering a challenging trek through forests and across grassy highlands. The trail is a great introduction to the local flora and fauna and at its highest point offers spectacular views across the island.