Yap State, Micronesia
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Yap State, Micronesia

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Federated States Of Micronesia Travel Guide

Key Facts

702 sq km (271 sq miles).


105,681 (2014).

Population density

150.5 per sq km.


Palikir (Pohnpei).


Federal Republic in free association with the USA.

Head of state

President Emanuel (Manny) Mori since 2007.

Head of government

President Emanual (Manny) Mori since 2007.


120 volts AC, 60Hz. American-style plugs with two flat pins (with or without grounding pin) are standard.

The Federated States of Micronesia boast some of the clearest-blue seas you'll ever see, with white, crumbly sand shores. In islands like Chuuk are shallow and vast lagoons of monumental beauty, filled with shipwrecks and kaleidoscopic corals. The islands are a paradise for divers, and many argue that the area's diving and snorkelling ranks among the best in the world.

The Micronesians combine a profusion of languages, customs and folklore. On the island of Yap, islanders still trade using the ancient stone currency. Micronesians may still be glimpsed in traditional garments. Throughout, you are likely to stumble across snatches of unique island music and witness zesty, time-honoured dances.

The area became a US-administered Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands in 1947. This followed colonisation by the Portuguese, Spanish, Germans and Japanese. In 1986, the Federated States signed a Compact of Free Association with the USA, allowing for near-independence with US defence support.

The islands suffer from remoteness and lack of industry and infrastructure. There is development potential, but as yet Micronesia remains dependent on US aid. Tourism is one industry that could potentially boost the island's fiscal situation. However, even if tourism takes off, with over 600 islands to this country's name, finding some desert island bliss of your own here shouldn't be hard.

Travel Advice

Last updated: 31 July 2015

The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.


Crime levels are low. However, there are regular reports of petty crime against foreigners, including break-ins and non-violent theft. Take sensible precautions to protect your belongings.

In November 2010 there was an attempted sexual assault in Pohnpei against two western women during a morning jog. A similar incident happened in November 2009 in Yap when a woman was attacked and killed while jogging in the early morning. Women should take care if alone in secluded areas and be aware that standards of dress are more conservative in Micronesia than in many western countries.

Local Travel

There are treacherous channel currents and rogue waves in parts of the islands. You should wear appropriate safety equipment and take local advice at all times if you are taking part in adventure sports.

Mobile telephones

International roaming isn’t available in the Federated States of Micronesia. This means that your UK mobile phone will not be usable.