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The Federated States of Micronesia aggregates four distinct island states – Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei, and Kosrae are spread out over nearly 3000 km of water. Each island state has its own culture, landscapes, and things to see.

Yap is known for its giant stone money (weighing up to 8000 pounds) as well its traditional lifestyle centred on the villages. There are outstanding diving opportunities with the manta rays (the world’s best for that).

Chuuk is the most populous of the four island states. There are a number of Japanese buildings dating back to its use as Japan’s main South Pacific base during WW II. Chuuk’s main attractions are the legendary diving opportunities among the wrecks of the Japanese fleet (60 ships and 275 airplanes).

Verdant and rainy Pohnpei has some excellent scenery in the form of beautiful waterfalls and the view from Sokehs Rock. The main reason to come to Pohnpei though is to see the archaeological site of Nan Madol. This “Venice of the Pacific” was once the religious and political centre of Pohnpei and contains numerous artificial islands surrounded by canals.

Kosrae is quiet and little developed with excellent tropical scenery and diving opportunities. You can wander among the 15th century feudal capital ruins at Lelu or dive to see the wrecks and marine life around the islands.

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Okay, so everyone who visits Pohnpei goes to Nanmatol Islands.  It's de rigeur, okay?  This is Pohnpei's one famous destination.  Nanmatol is an ancient city, built of stone "logs" stacked up log-cabin style, each building standing on a man-made island.  This was the capital city of the Saudeleur dynasty.  The only way to see the area is by kayak.  Many of the buildings have been overgrown by mangroves, but several of the most important have been kept clear, especially the main temple. Now, there are some legends still remembered today about the building of Nanmatol.  According to the version I was told, the earliest settlers on this part of Pohnpei looked out past the lagoon and saw the pillars of "Atlantis."  Now obviously, what they saw could not have been Atlantis, because Atlantis was in the Atlantic, and this is the Pacific; so let us go not by what he said, but what he meant: Mu.  If you believe in the legend of Mu, Nanmatol will certainly be of interest.  And even if you don't, there are not many places in the South Seas where you can find ancient stone cities -- before the modern world came here, grass huts were the norm.  There are always racist theories trying to attribute great achievements like these to unknown outsiders from the ancient Western world, but really, there is no need to invent imaginary migrations like this; human beings anywhere in the world can, with sufficient organization, build anything they set their minds to, and I for one believe Nanmatol was built by the Micronesians themselves. Less famous than Nanmatol, but equally fascinating in its own way, are the petroglyphs in Sapwalap.  My taxi driver told me about them and talked me into going, and it was well worth it.  There is a rock face covered with pictures of daggers in several different styles, pointing to a warlike past.  There is also one particular spot on the rockface where tapping with a stone produces a hollow ring.  And if you're into that sort of thing, nearby is the rock of Nanpasu, which was revered for its resemblance to female genitalia.  The South Seas have their hidden history, a completely separate stream from West or East.
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Truk Stop Inn Rooms are large and comfortable with hot water 24 hrs. (a luxury, believe me) and the restaurant serves good, hearty food for divers.  This is the best wreck diving in the world.  My fave wreck is the Shinkoku Maru. Truk Lagoon is water, pure and full of color and World War II wrecks. The Lagoon has taken the gifts of nature and man and turned them into an underwater museum for the world to explore and enjoy. With more than 800 species of marine life and over 40 diveable wrecks, you can enjoy dives of a lifetime. We guarantee it! Only PADI center on Weno, Chuuk.
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If you happen to be on the Island of Yap, this is where it's all going on.  That's not saying much, but hey, you don't come to Yap for the nightlife.  Colonia's got a few decent restaurants and you can buy the supplies you need to get to the outer islands.  One funny thing -- the sidewalk near the city center is painted red.  Why?  Because that way, it doesn't show all the spit stains from local betel nut chewers.
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