It is not just the tropical climate that makes the Federated States of Micronesia, or simply Micronesia, a top vacation destination. More than this is the fact that it is home to captivating and breathtaking scenes, from the tallest mountains to the deepest seas. Adventurous travelers, underwater photographers, sports divers, hikers, and even ordinary vacationers are sure to enjoy nature at its best.
Micronesia is home to many spectacular beaches with a variety of water sports activities, magnificent waterfalls, and enormous mountains that tourists can explore through hiking, trekking and camping.
Located right between Hawaii and Philippines, Micronesia is made up of more than 600 tropical islands and four island states: the island of Pohnpei is where the ancient city of Nan Madol lies; the island of Chuuk which is Micronesia’s top diving destination; the island of Yap which is home to giant manta rays; and the island of Kosrae where the famous Mt. Finkol stands.
One of Micronesia’s famous attractions is the Chuuk Lagoon, tagged as Micronesia’s incredible sea phenomena and one of the world’s best wreck diving destinations. Formerly known as Truk Lagoon, Chuuk Lagoon features not just colorful coral reefs and magnificently diverse underwater life. Deeper into the waters is a completely different world. Relics of the past - Japanese warships that sunk during the World War II, that is - are sure to remind divers of the rich Micronesian history. Medicine bottles, china dishes and bowls, and other relics of war are preserved for divers to see and explore.
Another top attraction is the gigantic Mt. Finkol in Kosrae. Mt. Finkol, which stands at more than 2,064 feet and is Micronesia’s tallest mountain, is a famous hiking spot. Hikers, as well as the guides, need to be in excellent physical condition in order to complete the trail which can last for around seven to eight hours. It is also on the island of Kosrae that tourists will find Kosrae State Museum, Menke ruins, and the Wiya Bird Cave.
Micronesia is also home to many historical sites and museums that can teach tourists more about the state’s rich and diverse culture. One great example is the Nan Madol, which is also known as the Venice of the Pacific. On this impressive archaeological site stand ancient ruins that date back to 7th and 8th century. This stone complex is made up of over 92 man-made islets with a network of canals that connect these islets.
Aside from these exciting and captivating destinations, Micronesia also boasts of high-class hotels with friendly and accommodating staff. These include the Ocean View Plaza Hotel in Pohnpei which is wonderfully located on top of a summit, providing not just breathtaking views of the island’s seas and mountains, but also genuine fresh air.
With its location, there is no wonder why the Federated States of Micronesia is endowed with magnificent beaches, beautiful coastlines, and picturesque views of cliffs and mountains. Its location is also what makes its weather favorable for various outdoor activities. It is relatively warm throughout the year; although eastern Micronesian islands experience heavy rainfall, particularly during the summer months. To travel to Micronesia, tourists can take plane or boat. It has three ports located in the Micronesian islands of Chuuk, Yap, and Pohnpei. Flights, on other hand, are available from Honolulu for those coming from North America and Guam for those coming from Australia or Asia.