Yap (Wa′ab or Waqab in Yapese) traditionally refers to an island in Caroline Islands located in the western Pacific Ocean, part of Federated States of Micronesia. The island covers a total area of approx 308 km2 (118,9 ml2) and has a population of around 11,380 people (2010 census).
- In recent years the name "Yap" has come to refer also to the state within Federated States of Micronesia, inclusive of Yap Main Islands and its outer islands.
- Yap Main Islands is made up of 4 separate islands: Gagil-Tamil, Rumung, Maap (Maap′ in Yapese) and Yap Island proper (Marbaq). The four islands are contiguous, though separated via water, and surrounded by a coral reef.
- The islands are formed from an uplift of Philippine Sea Plate. They are referred to as "high" isles as opposed to atolls. The land mostly consists of densely vegetated rolling hills. Mangrove swamps line the shore, although there are also beaches spread on the islands' northern sides.
- Excluding the reef area, the island of Yap is approx 24 km (15 ml) long, 5–10 km (3,1-6,2 ml) wide, and 98 km2 (37,84 ml2). The highest elevation is 178 m (584 ft) at Mount Taabiywol, Fanif municipality (Yap Island proper). The indigenous cultures and traditions of Yapese people are strong compared to other Micronesia's states.
- Colonia is the capital city of State of Yap, including Yap Main Islands and Yap Neighboring Islands (mostly atolls) reaching to east and south from Yap Main Islands for around 800 km (500 ml).
- A tributary system existed between Yap Main Islands and Neighboring Islands, which probably related to the goods' need from the high islands, such as food and wood for building of seagoing ships.
- Yap Island is famous for its stone money (Rai, or Fei), large carved doughnut-shaped disks of calcite, up to 4 m (12 ft) in diameter. The smallest can be as little as 3,5 cm (1.4 in) in diameter. Many of the stone money were brought from other isles, as far as New Guinea. Most came from Palau in ancient times. Their value is based on both stone's history and its size. Historically, the disks were valued because the material looks just like quartz, and were the shiniest objects available. Later the stones became legal tender, even mandatory in some of the payments.
Highlights: Snorkelling, Colonia, Gaferut, Satawal, Ifaluk, Woleai
Yap Island cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Yap Island Micronesia dock (anchor) at Colonia - port town on the eastern coast.
- Colonia is the State of Yap's capital. Yap's territory includes the "Main Islands" and the "Neighboring Islands (outer isles, which are mostly coral atolls) named Eauripik, Elato, Faraulep, Gaferut, Ifalik, Lamotrek, Ngulu, Olimarao, Piagailoe, Pikelot, Sorol, Ulithi, Woleai, plus the islands Fais and Satawal.
Port Yap Island cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Yap Island, Micronesia. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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|20 October, 2018|
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