We were on Yap for the 49th Yap Days at the beginning of March 2017. We spend 4 days with the... read more
Karen, here are more of Yap. Fauna & Flora. The island of Yap is a true botanical treasure trove of tropical flowers that bloom throughout the year as the bright red hibiscus, Spider Lily or sweet smelling plumerias. But... More
Karen, here are more of Yap. Fauna & Flora. The island of Yap is a true botanical treasure trove of tropical flowers that bloom throughout the year as the bright red hibiscus, Spider Lily or sweet smelling plumerias. But you will also find numerous tropical fruits that are colorful and inviting to be tasted. Otherwise, are mostly covered by Yap with rain, some places are still well preserved stone surfaces where residents crossing the jungle. The good vegetation prevailing in Yap has many animals a good habitat. It is to marvel at the beautiful birds in the Pacific Ocean, a paradise for bird enthusiasts. For example you can watch herons and even the natives Yap birds. At most hotels you get detailed information about a good guide that will take you to experience nature with flora and fauna, marvel at all the splendor that are to take part in Yap. Of the South Seas many fruit trees is hardly anything more associated with this romanticized region than the coconut palm. As a long-handled dusters stands the majestic slender trees everywhere along the beaches and bow down to the sea. The nut, which is not really a nut, but a large fruit, can survive a long time floating in salt water. Of coconut palm leaves are used on include roofing, walls and braided rugs. Of the thin sheets nerves do brooms to sweep their home with. The famous Devil rays returning to the same place every day, their natural surroundings accept the presence of divers who swim with these giants that have a span of 3 to 6 meters and a weight of 500 kilos. Mating season is from November to March, a dramatic time when the females piruetterar and stampeding through the water, the head of a flock of fifteen or more males, this is a captivating spectacle. Betel nuts (Buu). You will notice that the locals "Yapesen" always have something to chew on. They have red teeth and spits out these bites here and there. Some people had so much in your mouth that looked as if they chewed chewing tobacco. It is betel coming from a subspecies of the coconut palm. It is commonly called the betel nut is actually the fleshy fruit of arekapalmen (betel palm), a tropical tree growing in the Pacific and South East Asia. The name comes from the unrelated betel pepper plant. Betelnötstuggare wrap a piece arekafrukt and a little hydrated lime in a betel pepper leaves. The lime helps to release stimulating alkaloids. Some also blend in spices, tobacco, or sweeteners to enhance the flavor. This composition stimulates the secretion of saliva, which are stained crimson. Those who chew betel nut spitting often - even through the car windows, to the chagrin of passers-by! The reason for this betel nut combination is so interesting not only because of its symbolic meaning in Yapese rituals but also because it is a psychoactive drug. In small quantities, has the effect of a coffee would normally have. But since Yapese mixes tobacco with betel it quickly becomes addictive. "Faluw" The men's house on Yap Island. When you are on holiday in Yap, you will face a building with a large thatched roof that serves as a meeting place and a hall only for men. These imponeranden "Faluw" called the man's house. Among the locals are these houses the most important building in the village. Faluw served as a place for the ruling and seats are assigned according to rank and title. There are no partitions, no furniture, and with only two open fires to burn in. It's vast natural polished wooden floors and the large hall was worthy housed. "Faluw" called, and as the name suggests, only houses where men can live. Every village on Yap has such men's house, and they serve as a venue for telling stories. The local officers according to legend, the night in this house to spend, such as if they have to go fishing the next day. In these buildings, teach the older their knowledge to young people, ranging from craft to art to be able to fish and to sail. The buildings were often (but not always) built around the large stone platforms that served as outdoor venues. Some of these platforms have several large thin stones sticking out of the ground. These stones were basically sitting area (back) for weary travelers or anyone who wanted to relax. All women (with one exception) were forbidden to enter the Faluw. The only exception was "Mispil" whose job was to keep Faluw clean and prepare food for the men who used the house. This young woman was earlier mostly looted in war and exploited sexually and ministered to the young men in their faluw. There are areas for women only (so-called Dapals) where men were forbidden to enter, but most of these sites have long been lost.