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 Federated States of Micronesia - Yap State

Yap State

Yap, also known as Wa'ab by locals, is made up of four continental islands (hence the alternative name of the Yap Islands). The four are very close together and joined within a common coral reef. The scenery is mostly rolling hills covered in vegetation. Mangrove swamps line much of the shore and an outer barrier reef surrounds the islands.

The town on the island of Yap, Colonia, is the capital of the State of Yap. It administers both Yap proper and fourteen atolls reaching to the east and south for some 800km (Eauripik, Elato, Fais, Faraulep, Gaferut, Ifalik, Lamotrek, Ngulu, Olimarao, Piagailoe (West Fayu), Pikelot, Sorol, Ulithi and Woleai Atolls, and the island of Satawal.

Yap's indigenous cultures and traditions are still strong compared to other neighboring islands.

Sailors should take special care not to ground on the reefs of the Outer Islands of Yap State because the reefs are the property of the traditional chiefs and in the event of a grounding, the vessel will be treated by the locals as the property of the chief and special arrangements will have to be made for the sailor to repossess their vessel.

Note that only Colonia and Falalop Island (Ulithi Atoll) are Ports of Entry and that prior permission must be obtained before visiting any of the other islands.

See this great detailed report about all the populated islands in Yap State.

Last updated March 2012.

Colonia, Yap Island *

Other Outer Islands

Smaller Outer Islands

Ulithi Atoll *

Woleai Atoll (Outer Islands)

* indicates port of entry

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Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Mar 21, 2016 03:02 PM

Posted on behalf of SY ARIEL IV - Kosrae Updates:

This is the Swedish sailing vessel Ariel IV, out on our second circumnavigation. We did the Northwest passage in 2010 and were cruising in the Pacific the last year, and we now have some good news for all the boats going to Micronesia and especially Kosrae (FSM).

After a long time of both high port fees and confusions we can confirm that yachts now only have to pay 30 dollars for 90 days and then 1 dollar a day after that. No Custom or Immigration fees! There is also a Quarantine fee of 25 dollars.
The port control were very helpful and nice.

There are now two ATM machines that do take VISA cards, and others!

Smith, who is the helpful man at ACE Hardware, has a car that we can use for all purposes.

New fantastic hike can be done down in the village of Tafonsak, ask for the Mayor, pay him 10 dollars per head and ask for Lasarus to take you on a fantastic hike and swim up river and to the waterfalls!

We also stayed one night inside the Otwa anchorage bay and there are two red mooring buoys which are alright in normal weather conditions. Beautiful anchorage and close to the inland mangrove area which you can explore if you have kayaks or SUPs or with a local guide on an outrigger.

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Pohnpei
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