Yap Day 2024
Join us for the 54th Annual Yap Day, February 29 and March 1, 2024.
Culture & Dive Week: A unique cultural experience during manta mating season
- Unlimited transportation to/from Yap Day festivities, both days
- 7-night packages start at $1,929
- Island culture tour
- Beach BBQ or Local Dinner
It’s the most colorful day of the year with traditional dances, crafts, tattoos, competitions, and demonstrations in ceremonial attire. It’s also the peak of the manta ray mating season when trains of mantas take over the lagoon and dance in courtship. Yap Day is a Yapese celebration and cultural preservation ceremony that is very welcoming to outsiders. Tourists are encouraged to participate, learn about Yap, meet the people and take photographs.
During Yap Day, villages compete. Dances, coconut husking/grading, betel nut tree climbing, and weaving are a few of the traditional contests. Demonstrations include traditional attire, canoe building, rope making, net tying, bamboo raft making as well as grass skirt, kafar, basket, and fan weaving.
In one day you can learn a lot about Yap culture, history, people, learn some interesting facts about stone money, eat and drink local food, take plenty of photos and buy traditional craft souvenirs.
Traditional dances open the ceremonies and continue into the evening.
Traditional and cultural presentations…
Stone Money is carried into the festival by the Men, as it was thousands of years ago, while the M.C. explains the value and history of it. Men carried stones like this that weighed more than 2,000 lbs.
Art, Crafts, Clothing, and More…
Traditional clothing, ceremonial dress, jewelry, art, and crafts are presented and available to purchase from participating villages, organizations, schools, and families. You will get a taste Yap’s local food and seasonal recipes.
Throughout the day and afternoon, there are a number of traditional dances. Dances are performed in ceremonial attire either standing or sitting. During the festivities, you are welcome to walk around, get up close and fill your SD card with colorful Yapese culture.
Yap Day with Yap Divers…
Yap Day is a unique cultural and big animal diving experience in one package. Each morning divers watch mantas interact in groups and afterward take an air-conditioned ride to the festival to watch hibiscus skirts whip and hear the crack of bamboo. The package includes eco-tours and special inclusions, such as a beach BBQ. Your dive schedule is planned so that you don’t miss the celebrations.
Yap Day coincides with the peak of the manta ray mating season, December – April, making for the most exciting manta diving of the year. Groups of mantas congregate in Yap’s lagoon and dance over the reef in courtship displays.
Yap Day is the best big animal diving and cultural experience Yap has to offer. Get up close and personal with some of the friendliest rays on the planet who glide over the heads of divers all Winter long.
More than mantas…
Winter diving offers excellent cuttlefish encounters in mating pairs as well as year-round shark experiences and macro/critter diving. Our mating Mandarin fish dives happen every day at sunset.
We are typically full for Yap Day, we encourage you to confirm your reservation with extra lead time to ensure availability. Please ask us for Flight Help for more information and travel assistance, receive FREE routes, prices, and stops from your door to ours.