Well, maybe not exactly a tour, more like a stop off, as I think there is only one micro brewery Yap, which conveniently enough is located at the Manta Ray Bay resort, home of the world famous "Stone Money Brewery, established 1999"
And a great place to enjoy the beers is up on the deck of the boat parked out back of the resort, nice place for some brews and a beautiful sunset view....
Traditionally, Yapese women go around topless, and if you spend a bit of time on the island you will see ladies walking around attired (or maybe un-attired) like this. You're probably much more likely to see this in the villages than in Kolonia... Anyway, that is their culture here, so don't gawk or take inappropriate pictures, just appreciate the fact that some parts of the native culture here remain intact. (much more so that the other island groups in Micronesia.....
No doubt about it, the star attraction in Yap is there year round Manta population. At the Manta Ray Bay Hotel, they even have a roster call where they have named most of the Mantas that call the waters around Yap home....
Its is nice easy dive out in Miil Channel to see them as well, maybe 7-8 meters deep just off of some staghead coral stands, just sit back and soon they will be swooping over your head in numbers....
"C'mon bay turn the lights down low....."' if you want a fun dive in Yap besides the obvious mANta-MAnta_MANta diving, there is not much better than the dusk dives to watch the Mandarin Fish in their mating ritual.... Just as the sun as setting, these small and incredibly beautiful fish will hover in the stag head coral and slowly pop up for an encounter shoud the find a suitable mate... (I have some great R rated video clips of this whole procession.... but I'll save that for another day.....
There is nothing more iconic on Yap than their unique stone money. (its even on their State license plates....) Most every village on the main island has their own stone money back. Be sure to take a break from diving and find time to walk around the island and see this unique part of Yapese culture....
The Ethnic Art Institute of Micronesia, located on the grounds of the Trader’s ridge resort is really something special it is a not for profit organization that is focused on preserving local culture dance, music and art. You will see the Yapese making tradition art and see the beautiful dances. You the Vter will be part of an ancient tradition that has been performed in the same manner for what anthropologist think is thousands of years. There are four types of dance you will see have really exotic color and music. Each is a story with expressions of beauty and strength. *
One must see activity are the large coins on Yap. Stones still have value and the owners change, but I understand the coins stay where they are as no one wants to lug around a 2 ton stone.
The stones come in varying sizes. I'm not sure how value is determined, but it's not by size. They were carved from stones not available on the island of Yap and had to be transported from another island quite a distance away.
They really are fascinating to see when you get up close to them and see them all lined up in a row.
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