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Best time to dive in Yap
(Last updated August 2013)

Yap has a warm, tropical climate. The dry season (the best time to travel) is between December and April; the rainy season, April to December, with the greatest falls between July and October. The rain is rarely heavy, however, and there is still a lot of sunshine. Temperatures average between 26-32 degrees Celsius (78-90 F), with the water temperature sitting on a comfortable 28-29 degrees Celsius (82-84 F) year-round.
Visa & Passport requirements
Palau and Federated States of Micronesia:
Passports must be valid for at least 6 months from proposed date of departure, and a valid onward air ticket or travel document is an entry requirement. Tourist entry visas are valid for up to 30 days are issued on arrival for Palau and all FSM islands. Guam, as a US territory, requires all passengers to register online prior to arrival or transit (please see below).

Guam Visits and Transits
Effective January 2009, new immigration procedures have been put in place for all visitors intending to enter the USA, including Guam. Visa Waiver Program travellers (VWP) will be required to obtain a travel authorisation via the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) prior to boarding any flight into Guam.

To apply for a travel authorisation, please visit Electronic System for Travel Authorisation

A fee of USD 14.00/person applies for all online applications. Payment by credit card online.

The Visa Waiver Program is available to citizens of a number of countries, including those who hold Australian, New Zealand and most European passports.
Health
Palau, Guam & Micronesia are not listed as malaria infected areas.
By far the greatest threat to health is sunburn. Give this your most careful attention. Always wear a sunscreen. Sunburn, seasickness, fatigue, coral cuts, fire coral burns, cuts and bruises are health hazards to be anticipated and can be avoided with common sense and care.

Hospital and medical facilities are limited. The hospital in Koror has one hyperbaric chamber. Decompression chambers are also available in Yap and Chuuk. The two hyperbaric chambers in Guam are maintained to a high standard.

Medical Kit suggestions
- Analgesic
- Insect repellent
- Anti-seasick medicine
- Sun tan lotion
- Band aids (some large ones)
- Ear Drops alcohol / vinegar base. Daily use will prevent outer ear infections.
- Antibiotic ointment for coral cuts. See your physician.
Currency
The official currency in all of Micronesia is the US Dollar.

Incidental charges can be paid by Visa, Mastercard or cash local currency with most dive resorts and liveaboards. Operators in more remote locations may only accept cash. Some permit fees may only be paid in cash. For credit card payments, service charges will apply.
Departure taxes
There are no airport departure taxes to be paid in Yap.
Local time
Micronesia stretches across 3 time zones: Palau is 9 hours ahead of GMT; Guam and Saipan 10 hours ahead and the Marshall Islands 12 hours ahead. Guam is in the same time zone as Australia's East coast.
Language
The official language is English.
Electricity
Electricity is the same as on the US mainland: 110/120V, 60 cycles, with two-pronged plugs. Adapters and converters aren't readily available for photographers with 220/240 V systems, so better bring your own if you need to convert.
Certification requirements & dive gear hire
All scuba divers must carry a PADI open water equivalent certification. While basic dive courses for beginners are offered by all dive resorts in Micronesia, these reefs and wrecks are best enjoyed by divers with advanced skills. Familiarity with diving in strong currents is highly recommended for Palau, and wreck diving/deep diving specialities would be helpful in Truk Lagoon, but neither would be required. Most diving in Micronesia is conducted in small groups with local guides. Limited rental scuba gear is available on request.
Dive insurance
All dive operators promoted by Diversion Dive Travel adhere to high safety standards for all their equipment. However, due to their remote location, all liveaboards and most land-based dive operators in Micronesia insist that all divers present current Diver Evacuation & accident cover on arrival. For a nominal yearly membership fee, the DIVERS ALERT NETWORK (DAN) provides year-round diver evacuation and accident cover. For more details on membership and insurance options, please contact your regional DAN office.

North America: www.diversalertnetwork.org/
Europe: www.daneurope.org/
South-East Asia/Australia/Pacific: www.danasiapacific.org/
General travel insurance
In view of the heavy cancellation penalties applied to cancelled travel arrangements, Diversion Dive Travel strongly suggest you consider taking out suitable travel insurance at the time of booking. Travel insurance policies are designed to cover losses such as cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances, sudden illness or serious injury whilst abroad, and lost, stolen or damaged baggage and personal items.

Travel Insurance for Australian Residents:
www.diversiondivetravel.com.au/travelinsurance.html
Clothing suggestions
Casual & comfortable clothing including a light jacket is recommended, as evenings can get cool and liveaboards usually keep their airconditioning high in all indoor areas. Please keep sun protection in mind and be advised to respect local customs by not wearing swimsuits, short shorts, or other inappropriate clothing in towns, villages or public places.
Tipping
No one in Micronesia expects any tips for services. Tips have never been part of the culture, but tourism has changed local customs, and particularly those working in tourism have gotten used to receiving tips and being rewarded for very good service. There are no set rules, give as much as you see fit. On liveaboard vessels it is customary to give the tip to the skipper or cruise director and ask it to be distributed amongst the crew.
Safety
Micronesia , the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) is a fascinating part of the world. Tourism is a major source of income for the islanders, and the crime rate is low. Local people are very friendly and helpful, and consider it an honour for you to visit their home. This makes Micronesia generally a very safe place to travel.
Links to more information
The following information is supplied by the foreign affairs section of the relevant country or the tourism authority of the destination. Please check the links for up to date information on visa and safety requirements, embassy and consular contacts, general information:

UK travel advisory for Micronesia
US travel advisory for Micronesia
Australian travel advisory for Micronesia
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