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Pacific pursuits: Pohnpei. Photo: Alamy - Courtesy of images.canberratimes.com.au

Micronesia - Pohnpei (Ponape)

Pohnpei is the largest and tallest island in the Federated States of Micronesia. Its peaks get plenty of rainfall annually and this creates more than 40 rivers that feed the lush upper rain forest. Pohnpei's waterfalls range from pleasant to spectacular, creating a refreshing and breathtaking experience for those venturing to the base of the falls. There are even camping areas at some sites for those who want to hear the tumble of the water as they sleep under the tropical sky. The streams are great for cooling off after a hike in the hills.

The fishing and diving around the island is superb. Surrounded largely by rich mangrove forests, Pohnpei's jagged coastline is intersected by numerous channels that carry nutrients into the vast lagoon. These nutrients attract marine life and make Pohnpei one of the most varied marine environments in Micronesia. The island's hard coral reefs and colorful dropoffs are enchanting. Sea anemones, soft corals and colorful gorgonian sea fans dot the walls. Sharks, sea turtles and manta rays are seen at many sites around Pohnpei.

A short boat trip can be made to two neighboring atolls, Ant and Pakin, that exude the aura of paradise unspoiled. Here, the true meaning of pristine diving comes to the fore. Whether it be riding a raging current out to sea through an island pass or exploring a deep fan laden chasm, the atolls are a fantastic experience.

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Pacific pursuits: Pohnpei. Photo: Alamy - Courtesy of images.canberratimes.com.au WWII ruins - Courtesy of images.travelpod.com Aerial view of Pohnpei. - Courtesy of www.janeresture.com Courtesy of at-communication.com World Class Surf of Pohnpei's Palikir Pass a.k.a. P-Pass - Courtesy of upload.wikimedia.org Pohnpei International Airport - Courtesy of upload.wikimedia.org This is the largest island in the Eastern Caroline group and the capital of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). It fits the typical South Sea island image with its lush vegetation and abundant rainfall washing into streams, rivers and tumbling waterfalls. Unlike other Micronesian islands it has tropical jungles, mist covered mountains, mangrove swamps and exotic flora. - Courtesy of www.janeresture.com View of Pohnpei International Airport - Courtesy of upload.wikimedia.org Pohnpei boasts some of the most spectacular reefs in the world. - Courtesy of www.divetravelstore.com

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Another of the Waterfalls from the tour. - Courtesy of 1.bp.blogspot.com Nature/Parks/Beaches Salapwuk Waterfall Tour

Pahieke (Paike) beach hut - Courtesy of www.pohnpei-adventure.com Nature/Parks/Beaches Pahieke (Paike) Marine Park

Courtesy of OceanIslandTravel.com Historic Sites Pohnpaid Petroglyphs

View of water from Pohnpei Water Park - Courtesy of www.comfsm.fm Nature/Parks/Beaches Awak Pah Marine Park

Reef and mountains in Pohnpei - Courtesy of www.seacology.org Nature/Parks/Beaches Nanwap Reef

Aerial view of Ant Atoll. - Courtesy of www.pohnpeisurfclub.com Nature/Parks/Beaches Ant Atoll

Liduduhniap Falls is a double Waterfall near Kolonia. - Courtesy of 2.bp.blogspot.com Nature/Parks/Beaches Liduduhniap Falls

Japanese anti-aircraft guns, Sokehs Ridge - Courtesy of www.bosunbird.com Historic Sites Japanese AA Guns from WW II

Anguilla Marmorata, the tropical freshwater eel. Photo taken by James Prosek at http://www.troutsite.com/field_pohnpei.html - Courtesy of OceanIslandTravel.com Nature/Parks/Beaches Sacred Eel Pool (Pwudoi Sanctuary)

Pein ahi marine park micronesia - Courtesy of OceanIslandTravel.com Nature/Parks/Beaches Pein Ahi Marine Park

The ruins of Nan Madol, Pohnpei - Courtesy of upload.wikimedia.org Historic Sites Nan Madol

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Travel Information  Travel Information

Airline departure tax of US $10

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English-Speaking?: YES

Weather: Normal daytime temperature is 80 degrees F.

Customs/VISA: Pohnpei's people offer a look at family life island style. Communities come together to weave a new boat house or just wash the daily clothes. Kids frolic in the water of the many rivers that flow from the mountains and down past the villages.

Pohnpei is famous for its energetic dances and also for the relaxing drink sakau, a kava-like brew. Watching sakau being prepared is an experience unique to Pohnpei. The pepper plant is taken from the wild and presented at a special ceremony. The root is then pounded and mixed with water to form an earthy tasting drink that inspires both myth and magic. This host to the nation's capital has much to offer the visiting nature lover, explorer and hiker.

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Festivals

Pohnpei Culture Day dancing. - Courtesy of 4.bp.blogspot.com Pohnpei Culture Day

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Dining  Restaurants and Dining

The outside of the Cliff Rainbow Hotel and Restaurant. - Courtesy of www.janeresture.com Cliff Rainbow Restaurant

The elegant interior of Misko restaurant. - Courtesy of www.fm Misko Restaurant

The inside of the China Star Restaurant. - Courtesy of www.fm The China Star Restaurant

The bar at Coco Marina. - Courtesy of www.neime.com Coco Marina

Joy Hotel/Restaurant serves traditional Japanese food. - Courtesy of gotopohnpei.com The Joy Restaurant

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A chef prepares and delivers the meal to a table at the Village Resort restaurant.  - Courtesy of www.thevillagehotel.com The Village Resort

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View from the Rumor bar, which is adjacent to the Orchid restaurant. - Courtesy of www.fm The Orchid

Angie's serves the typical Angie's

With its wood-panelled floors and ceiling, this barnlike space is certainly arresting. It's a popular meeting place and social space, not least for its all-you-can-eat, serve-your-own buffet, stuffed with seafood, fried goods and all kinds of BBQ meats. - Courtesy of www.fm SEI restaurant

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Accommodations  Hotel and Accommodations

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The new wing - Courtesy of media-cdn.tripadvisor.com South Park Hotel

The natural thatched housing at 'The Village Hotel' - Courtesy of www.thevillagehotel.com The Village Hotel

Nara Gardens Hotel - Courtesy of pohnpeitravel.com Nara Gardens Hotel

Courtesy of www.bosunbird.com Ocean View Plaza Hotel

Exterior - Courtesy of farm5.static.flickr.com Yvonne's Hotel

24 waterfront bungelows are ideally suited to the tropical climate with spectacular views experienced from every corner of the resort.  - Courtesy of www.visit-micronesia.fm Pwohmaria Beach Resort

Exterior - Courtesy of farm2.static.flickr.com Joy Hotel

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