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Pacific pursuits: Pohnpei. Photo: Alamy - Courtesy of images.canberratimes.com.au
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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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Courtesy of OceanIslandTravel.com Historic Sites Pohnpaid Petroglyphs

A Japanese Gun from World War II - Courtesy of wikitravel.org Historic Sites Japanese AA Guns from WW II

Kepirohi Waterfall in Pohnpei. - Courtesy of lh6.googleusercontent.com Nature/Parks/Beaches Kepirohi Waterfall

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

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)

Courtesy of OceanIslandTravel.com Historic Sites Nan Madol

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

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

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

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

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

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Rotary sushi - Courtesy of www.pohnpeisurfclub.com PCR Sushi Restaurant

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

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

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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Dining Area - Courtesy of media-cdn.tripadvisor.com The Village Hotel

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Westside entrance - Courtesy of farm2.static.flickr.com Ocean View Plaza Hotel

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

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Jay B. wrote about Guimaras:

"I've been to most of the resorts and islands of Guimaras but 2 that I would like to mention are: 1. Magic Island - a private resort where one could relax and enjoy the entire island as your own since bookings are only limited. Advance booking is necessary if you want to go there.They can arrange a flat boat for u to travel from main island barangay to magic island passing by mangrove forest. The entire stay is worry free since they can cook all your meals and even serve 2 snacks a day. all included on their price rate as well as island hopping tour 2. SEAFDEC, Igang Marine Station - a marine reserve that is usually one of the destination during guimaras island hopping. It houses 2 giant grouper which is now 16 yrs old as of this post. Fish Pens or cages where placed in the middle of the sea that houses not only groupers but also mother milkfishes that grows a meter big as well as 'labahita' a fish that has a blade like tail.. and others that i forgot the names.. the marine reserve has a garden full of giant clams (oh, it's not only in land we can find a garden but here also.. a garden of giant clams!)I've been there twice one with an island hop and just last DEcember 2014, I was just so lucky I was able to get a permit to stay in their pink cottages that was original built for the scientist and researchers. Somehow they can allow tourist to stay but permit through invitation is required. Great adventure with marine life especially during low tide where I got a chance to stroll the sea beds and check on the different species of live sea shells, star fishes, sea cucumbers etc..

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