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In fact Pohnpei is also known as the Garden Island. For those intrigued by local legends and traditions, a visit to the archaeological site of Nan Madol is a must. Nan Madol (sometimes called the Venice of the Pacific), is an ancient stone city, built on 100 artificial islets by the rulers of Pohnpei, between 750 AD and 1500 AD.The major buildings were constructed of immense basalt logs six metres long, weighing several tonnes brought to the islands by raft. The stone fortress of steps, paths and temple became the burial place for the Saudeleur kings and priests.
Pohnpei is the largest and tallest island in the Federated States of Micronesia. Its peaks get plenty of rainfall annually, creating more than 40 rivers that feed the lush upper rain forest. Pohnpei's waterfalls range from pleasant to spectacular.
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.
Snorkelling, scuba diving, surfing, kite surfing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, swimming, sport fishing, boating, hiking, cultural tours, visiting neighbouring atolls, explore Nan Madol ruins and other historical sites of Spanish Wall, Sokens Mass Grave, German Bell Tower, the botanical gardens, Japanese tanks and shrines.
Pohnpei's hot and humid tropical climate ensures constant day time temperatures of around 30 degrees Celsius. Pohnpei is reputedly one of the wettest places on earth, each year receiving an annual recorded rainfall of over 300 inches (7,600 mm) in certain interior mountain locations.
The trade wind season is generally from December to March. Diving is conducted year round and the surf season extends from late October to March. Water temperature averages 27 degrees Celsius year round.
|Mangrove Bay Hotel
10 mins drive from the airport
Bar: Yes (short walk)
Restaurant: Yes (short walk)
Onsite Shop: No
Spa: No (massage available)
Onsite Dive Centre: Yes
The diving around Pohnpei is diverse and pristine with nine Marine Protected Areas and an incredibly healthy reef ecosystem. The island is surrounded by a barrier reef with many passages that exit the lagoon into the open sea. The coral reefs with dramatic drop offs, are adorned with lavish fauna and ornamental reef life. You will encounter eagle rays, tuna, barracuda, sharks, parrotfish along with a myriad of brightly coloured fish species. The highlight of a visit to Pohnpei are the manta rays which are seen nearly every day.
A short boat trip can be made to two unspoiled neighboring atolls, Ant and Pakin. 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.
This passage dive is one of the most active and exciting with a resident school of 30 to 100+ grey reef sharks. The sharks are best observed from the deep reef at about 37 metres just outside the entrance to the channel.
This stunning dive features a wealth of corals including branching green tubastrea coral trees, red whip coral and multi-hued soft coral trees. Crinoids decorate the beautiful gorgonians below 30 metres. There are large Napoleon wrasse, schooling fusiliers and a large variety of nudibranchs, blennies, anthias and butterflyfish that inhabit the reef.
the best place to see manta rays being cleaned in the channel