Adventure awaits on remote island of Yap

by Ruud van Baal
Manta Ray Bay Resort and Yap Divers

Colonia, Yap FSM. Got a few days off and want to explore the Pacific region while you’re assigned to this part of the world?  Come to the Seoul International Sports & Leisure Industry Show 2020 from February 27 to March 1 at COEX in Seoul and learn firsthand about the remote island of Yap, a diver’s paradise with a resident population of manta rays waiting to welcome you to their protected reef.

Yap is on the bucket list of discerning travelers who enjoy discovering places that are off the beaten track. Put it on yours, too, and come learn more from representatives of the island’s award-winning Manta Ray Bay Resort and Yap Divers at the show’s KUSPO exhibit area. (Ask at the reception desk for the booth number and don’t forget to show your CAC at the resort’s booth for a special gift!)

But diving and snorkeling are not the only things to do on this remote 38½ square mile island. One of the four states of the Federated States of Micronesia, it’s also home to one of the best preserved cultures in the entire Pacific and the renowned, nowhere-else-in-the-world stone money. Take a land tour; go kayaking among the mangroves that line the sandy shores; head out to the ocean for sport fishing or try your hand at traditional net fishing; go sailing in a traditional hand-carved canoe; and visit some of the area’s most important World War II sites.

And, at the end of the day, kick back in the Crow’s Nest at the top of the Mnuw, the resort’s popular antique Indonesian schooner restaurant and bar, where you can enjoy a pint of Stone Money Beer brewed on the premises by a Swiss brew master.

Yap is the adventure of a lifetime a world apart. For more information, visit

Subscribe to our Stripes Pacific newsletter and receive amazing travel stories, great event info, cultural information, interesting lifestyle articles and more directly in your inbox!

Follow us on social media!

Facebook: Stars and Stripes Pacific
Flipboard: Stars and Stripes Community Sites

Looking to travel while stationed abroad? Check out our other Pacific community sites!
Stripes Japan
Stripes Okinawa
Stripes Guam


Recommended Content