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Paradise, if you can find it

DESTINATION: YAP

Talk about remote -- even Yap's souvenir T-shirts poke fun at the obscurity of this Micronesian island chain. But what a getaway for divers and daydreamers alike.

February 11, 2007|Avital Binshtock | Special to The Times

O'Keefe's Waterfront Inn, P.O. Box 68, Yap, 96943; 6500, www.okeefesyap.com. A warm Victorian-style inn on the water; balconies galore. Named for Capt. David Dean O'Keefe, an Irish American explorer who settled in Yap in the 1870s. Doubles begin at $155.

Village View Resort, P.O. Box 1386, Yap, 96943; 2031, www.rizedivingcenter.com. The only lodging option on Yap's northeastern coast is in Wacholab, a 60-person village. Village View offers rustic accommodations that are being renovated. Dive center. Moon RiZE Cafe offers Japanese food (entrees about $6-$14). Double rooms begin at $80.

Manta Ray Bay Hotel, P.O. Box MR, Yap 96943; toll-free (800) 348-3927 or 2300; www.mantaray.com. This marine-themed hotel caters to divers. Mnuw restaurant serves international and local entrees (about $7 to $15). Double rooms begin at $102 per person per night.

TOURS:

Sightseeing tours are available at several local hotels, with half-day tours starting at about $35 per person.

RiZE Diving Center, P.O. Box 1386, Yap; 2031, www.rizedivingcenter.com, runs eco-tours, snorkeling and diving trips. Manta ray season is from February to May, but RiZE operates year-round. Half-day snorkeling trips from $40 per person, including equipment.

TO LEARN MORE:

Yap Visitors Bureau, P.O. Box 988, Colonia 96943; 2298, www.visityap.com.

FSM Visitors Board, P.O. Box PS-12, Palikir, Pohnpei, 96941; 320-5133, www.visit-micronesia.com

-- Avital Binshtock

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