Ifalik Atoll, Yap, FSM

Yap is an island in the Caroline Islands of the western Pacific Ocean. It is a state of the Federated States of Micronesia. The "island" of Yap actually consists of four continental islands; its capital is Colonia, which administers Yap proper and 14 atolls spreading to the east and south for approximately 800 km’s. The land is mostly rolling hills densely covered with vegetation. Mangrove swamps line much of the shore. An outer barrier reef surrounds the islands, enclosing a lagoon between fringing reefs.

Ifalik atoll is one of Yap’s remote atolls. It is a traditional island where Westerners are a rare sight. The islanders perform traditional dances and provide escort around their village. The diving and snorkelling around Ifalik is spectacular and has had very little exploration due to the remote location of this atoll.

Things to See and Do

* Bird watching
* Snorkelling & diving
* Village tour
* Traditional dances

Cruise Season – Jan – Dec
Currency – United States dollar (USD)
Language –English, Ulithian, Woleaian, Satawalese, and Yapese
Land Area – 102 km² (Yap state)
Population – 7,000 approx (Yap state)
Electricity – 110 volts/60 cycles
Time – GMT plus ten hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 691

Port Location – The main port is located at Colonia.

Transport Links – Micronesia can be reached by air from Honolulu, Manila and Guam (flights arrive there from the USA, Australia and Asia). A Circle Micronesia air pass starting in Los Angeles or San Francisco, or a Visit Micronesia pass originating in Guam, will let you skip around the islands.

Yap International Airport receives service from Continental Micronesia, a subsidiary of Continental Airlines.

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