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Micronesia - Yap

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Forbidden Island (Rumung)

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Overview of Forbidden Island (Rumung)

The island of Rumung has been forbidden to all foreigners since the 17th century. The absolute preservation of culture and tradition was paramount to the community of Rumung.

The barriers of entry were recently lifted to allow a few outsiders to visit select areas of this truly historic spot. A symbolic artifact of the Yapese culture resides on the island - the two largest pieces of stone money within the island chain - both span approximately 12 feet and each weigh more than a few tons.

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  • Forbidden Island Tour - Forbidden islands in faraway places seem only to exist in movies: now is your chance to visit one yourself. Sign-up for the Rumung tour and enter anot...
  • Island Tour of Yap - Visting some of Yap's outlying villages where you will tour the meeting houses, the stone money banks, the men's houses, stone paths that intertwined ...

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Vera H. wrote about Boiling Lake:

"This is rated as a difficult/strenuous hike. It's about 7 hours round trip. There are a lot of steep steps going up & down. I consider myself to be mildly in shape. My quads were definitely burning going up the steps & my knees grumbled going down the steps. I was able to make the entire hike but I did have to stop a couple times to rest & catch my breath. It also rained during our hike which made the steps muddy & slippery. I slipped on the hike back & tweaked my wrists, so be careful! There was one person in our group that had to stop before they got to the Boiling Lake, their legs started cramping up. But we saw a bunch of younger kids just running up the steep steps and they didn't even look tired. Definitely take a guide with you on this one. Our guide showed us where to get the sulphur mud to put on our faces & arms like a mud-mask. He even boiled us some eggs in the hot pools! Also, take a couple changes of clothes (rain jacket, long sleeve shirt, bathing suit & a towel). It was VERY windy in some spots & after it rained on us, it didn't feel good to be cold & wet. But we did get to soak in the warm pools on the way down, it warmed us up & got us relaxed. Made it hard to continue on the hike, haha. I only recommend going if you are in decent shape & not afraid of heights.

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