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The Yap Album

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The MNUW is a ship that the Manta Ray Bay uses as a bar and restaurant. Bill, the owner of Manta Ray Bay Hotel bought the ship from the man who built it. The man sailed it from Indonesia to Yap. Wether you stay at Manta Ray Bay or another hotel on Yap, you can enjoy a drink on deck and maybe even run into the ship’s builder or Bill, the friendly owner., 1/3/2004

Hotel - Yap

We stayed and dove with the folks of Manta Ray Bay hotel on Yap., 1/3/2004

Help Wanted

While at the Yap post office, we noticed these help wanted signs. A carpenter on Yap can expect a wage of US $1.25 – 1.50 an hour., 1/3/2004

Three Divers

Mike, Tracy, and Alana on the dive boat after SCUBA diving with manta rays., 1/3/2004

Mangrove Path

The primary dive site for manta rays in Yap is Mi’l Channel, which lies north of the Manta Ray Bay hotel. This mangrove channel snakes through the major islands of Yap leading you to the dive site., 1/3/2004


Tracy on the dive boat., 1/3/2004

In Synch

Tracy and Mike paddle in synch through Yap., 1/3/2004

Men's House

We kayaked past this Men’s House on Yap. Our guide obtained permission for us to approach the structure and look around., 1/3/2004

Men's House

Like most of the buildings in Yap, there was damage caused by a typhoon earlier in the year. You can see blue tarps throughout the island, some with the FEMA logo., 1/3/2004

Gecko Stowaway

This adventurous little gecko hitched a ride on Tracy’s kayak and eventually jumped ship to explore Mike’s kayak. He finally ended up on Alana., 1/3/2004

Yap Dive Boat

One of the Manta Ray Bay dive boats. They carried groups of six to eight people., 1/3/2004

Beer Me!

Alana enjoying a drink on the MNUW ship at the Manta Ray Bay hotel. This is a good place to breathe off extra nitrogen gained during the day., 1/3/2004

Relaxing Alana

Alana relaxing in the waters of Yap after our kayak trip through the mangroves. , 1/3/2004

Stan - Village Chief

Yap is considered the most traditional island in Micronesia having opened its doors to tourism in 1989. Visitors can visit villages through programs organized by the hotels. Stan is a Chief of the village we visited and explained how Yap culture is sustained in the 21st century and the future of the traditional lifestyle on Yap., 1/4/2004

Stone Money

The village has a wealth of stone money on display in the main meeting area. The stone money has been quarried in Palau since 125 A.D. The money was transported to Yap via a 360 mile canoe trip. The more arduous the journey (e.g. lives lost, size of stone, etc...) the more valuable the stone. , 1/4/2004

Pocket Change?

This is a particularly large piece of stone money, not exactly a small bit of pocket change!, 1/4/2004

Stone Path

There are stone paths crossing Yap connecting different villages together. When asked, Stan, the village chief, estimates, “the paths are thousands of years old, if not older.” Tourists should obtain permission prior to walking on the paths., 1/4/2004


Dance, or “Churu”, is an important part of Yap culture and a way of telling stories about the past. Village youngsters performed a dance telling the story of life in Yap during World War II., 1/4/2004

Learning the Dance

After the performance, a village woman taught Tracy some moves. , 1/4/2004

Beechnut Tree

A Yap man climbs a tall tree to gather the coveted beetlenut., 1/4/2004

Yap Canoe

A typical Yap canoe made from bamboo that is in use today., 1/4/2004

Yap Reef

You can see where the reefs are located off the coast of the Yap islands. This is a view of the Northern part of the island, near the Mi’l Channel., 1/4/2004

Hotel From Above

This is a picture of The Manta Ray bay hotel with its ship and dive boats anchored in the protected bay. The photo was taken from the highest point in Yap., 1/4/2004

Yap Sunset

Another beautiful end to a day of adventure on Yap., 1/4/2004