Yap, Island of Stone Money

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Yap is the most itriguing 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 banks, dancing, handicraft making, marine life and mangrove forests highlight a visit to this unique outpost.

Dance is the most advanced art form in Yap. Through dance, legends are passed down, history is recorded and entertainment is created. The dances of Yap are raucous, colorful and well-orchestrated. Men and women both start at an early age to learn this special Yap tradition.

This customary life carries into the villages where fishing, sailing and weaving are still important parts of everyday life.

Grass skirts for the women and thu's, a type of loincloth, for the men are the basic garb in the small town. These communities are nestled into tranquil settings that naturally grace the island.

Yap has a number of small hotels, including the finest dedicated dive resort in Micronesia, that cater to divers, sightseers and those wanting a closer look at the culture.

The island's rolling green hills and lush mangroves make Yap a true tropical Eden. These can be seen every day while heading out to explore the sea. Or an ocean kayak tour can be arranged to allow the visitor to look at these meandering passageways in a very close and special way. The people of Yap are shy but warm. They don't mind visitors who are respectful and appreciative of their lifestyles. With little coaxing, the visitor may soon find himself or herself helping with a chore, like launching a canoe or weaving a basket to carry coconuts. This special kind of island encounter is not unusual on Yap and is part of the Yapese spirit that makes the island so enticing and enchanting.

For the active person, there's plenty to do on land and in the ocean. The visitor can expect to go mountain biking, hike on an ancient stone path or try some deep sea fishing as part of the Yap experience. Or, just take a nap under a coconut tree on one of Yap's unspoiled beaches.

Here are some of the small hotels in Yap:

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About the Webmaster:

Gabriela FileppinMogethin!! My name is Gabriela Fileppin. I was born and raised from the Island of Stone Money, Yap. I am from a big family. I have four brothers and five sisters. All of my brothers and sisters are married and they all have children except me. I am glad that i have this many brothers and sisters and being the youngest. I am pure Yapese and am proud to be one. To know more about me, you can email me at filep_gab@hotmail.com anytime. I hope you like this webpage and check back for more updates.

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