A trip to the Outer Islands is sure to be a memorable experience but the logistics can be complicated and arrangements should be made at least six months in advance, with the exception of Ulithi, which now has a cozy resort on Falalop Island.
The outer island cultures of Yap are truly amazing. Steeped in the tradition of celestial navigation, the people live off the land and sea. Traditional clothing, chores and customs still prevail. For many, the only mode of transport is by hand-hewn canoe. Most of the outer islands are true atolls and boast sandy beaches and tranquil inner lagoons.
The outer islands make up the majority of Yap State, although most of the territory is ocean. Languages are as different as the land masses. Within the state is the fourth largest atoll in the world at Ulithi. Fais has a series of ancient submerged caves. West Fayu is a garden island. Sea turtles breed in the waters off Sorol.
Many outer island people live and work in Yap proper and can tell you about life on their islands. But if the opportunity comes up, a stay at one of the isles is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It gives the visitor a glimpse of what it is truly like to live being one with the sea and with nature.
For a glimpse at island life, Pacific Missionary Aviation operates regularly scheduled flights between the Yap Island and Ulithi Atoll, Fais Island and Woleai. These commuter flights also offer stunning aerial views of these gems in the sea. The Yap State
Government Sea Transportation Office operates passenger and cargo service to all of Yap's outer islands on a monthly basis. The ship offers limited cabin accommodations and deck space for the hardy visitor. For the most current schedule of the voyages call 691-350-2403.
For further information, contact Yap Visitors Bureau at: Telephone: (691) 350-2298, Fax: (691) 350-7015 and E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org