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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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WWII ruins - Courtesy of images.travelpod.com Pacific pursuits: Pohnpei. Photo: Alamy - Courtesy of images.canberratimes.com.au Pohnpei boasts some of the most spectacular reefs in the world. - Courtesy of www.divetravelstore.com

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Courtesy of OceanIslandTravel.com Historic Sites Sokehs Rock

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

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

The Spanish Wall in Kolonia, Pohnpei. - Courtesy of mw2.google.com Historic Sites Spanish Wall

Courtesy of OceanIslandTravel.com Nature/Parks/Beaches Pahieke (Paike) Marine Park

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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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Angie's serves the typical Angie's

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Accommodations  Hotel and Accommodations

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

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

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

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Dave D. wrote about Dominica:

"Dominica was another stop on our Caribbean cruise. Here's an excerpt from my blog post about our day in Dominica:

The bus departed from the pier at 10:30am and we were en route to our first stop up in the mountains for a hike to a waterfall. As we drove through town, it looked really poor - more than the other places we've visited. During our history lesson of Dominica we learned that the island is 99% volcanic rock and 1% limestone, that there are 17 dormant volcanoes and 365 rivers - one river for every day of the year, and during leap years they find another river, was the joke.

The bus stopped after the 45-minute drive through the mountains, and we were at the entry point of the rain forest for the walk to Spanny's Waterfall. A few people stopped to use the facilities but the rest of the group began their walk through the rain forest - great tour guide, just leaving us to navigate on our own. The walk was roughly 20-minutes and was a pretty substantial hike through the mud. We saw a lot of interesting and colourful plants along the way, but surprisingly no bugs. The waterfall was absolutely beautiful. Could have spent a lot more time there.

Back on the bus, we made our way down the mountain and to Mero Beach, which is a black sand beach. The drive down the mountain was a little easier to handle than the drive up. Baron sure did like to grind the gears, and take the turns pretty fast. The beach was pretty interesting, seeing that I've never been to a black sand beach before. The water looked really murky, but was surprisingly clear - the black sand makes the water clarity deceiving. Because we were with the tour group, we didn't have to pay for the chairs/umbrella, and we were given a free drink at the bar.

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