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Micronesia - Pohnpei (Ponape)

The ruins at Nan Madol in Pohnpei. Photo by Mark Edward Harris - Courtesy of OceanIslandTravel.com

Nan Madol

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Overview of Nan Madol

Nan Madol is a ruined city that lies off the eastern shore of the island of Pohnpei that was the capital of the Saudeleur dynasty until about AD 1500. Carbon dating indicates that the construction of Nan Madol began around AD 1200, while excavations show that the area may have been occupied as early as 200 BC.

Much is still to be learned about the mysterious Nan Madol ruins. Called the Venice of the Pacific, this manmade city with ocean-filled channels once housed a thriving, royal civilization. Huge basalt pillars form the residences of kings and sorcerers. These remnants of an ancient Pohnpeian civilization are still being studied and explored. They can be visited as part of an overall nature tour or studied in depth all day with one of Pohnpei's knowledgeable history guides.

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The ruins at Nan Madol in Pohnpei. Photo by Mark Edward Harris - Courtesy of OceanIslandTravel.com

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SyFy Channel's Destination Truth (Season 4 Episode 7) On the Micronesian island of Pohnpei, there are 1,000 year-old ruins that locals claim are haunted. This area, called Nan Madol, was actually brought to the attention of Destination Truth by an avid viewer who was visiting an area near Nan Madol when the tour guide suddenly refused to go any closer. A little research by the team revealed that there are centuries-old stories about floating lights and moving shadows at the site. - Courtesy of www.youtube.com Footage of the Nan Madol ruins. - Courtesy of www.youtube.com Nan Madol is a ruined city that lies off the eastern shore of the island of Pohnpei, in the Federated States of Micronesia, and was the capital of the Saudeleur dynasty until about AD 1500. The city consists of a series of small artificial islands linked by a network of canals and is often called the Nan Madol is a ruined city that lies off the eastern shore of the island of Pohnpei, in the Federated States of Micronesia, and was the capital of the Saudeleur dynasty until about AD 1500. - Courtesy of www.metacafe.com

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  • Guided Pohnpei Adventures - The mountainous, rainforested island of Pohnpei is jam-packed full of exciting things for the adventurous eco-tourist to do. If you love the outdoors,...

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"'When they say adventure they really meant adventure because before you can reach the place you have to experience the highs and lows of the very rough road, walk to a small pathway alongside the mangroves to the small boat (during low tide that is but when it's high tide then you don't have to endure the long walk), and have to climb a few high steps to reach the resort and enjoy the spectacular view of the mountains and rivers. The beach is not that promising but staying there is worth every penny. And guess what, during low tides you can walk directly to the opposite island which is the Magic Island Resort and not just that on the other side of Cabugan Adventure Resort where the small boats usually docks there is a spot where you can swim with small fishes and enjoy the view of other small boats passing by and vast rivers and mountains. I would definitely go back to Cabugan Adventure Resort and again enjoy what the resort can offer. And by the way, the staffs there are very friendly and would treat you like family.'

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