What’s the furthest destination you’ve been to so far? Was it an exciting trip? Did you secretly wish to go even further and explore the unknown? What we have prepared for you today may not be the furthest destination from your city, but it is not a place tourists usually pick for their new adventure or usual vacation. However, this doesn’t mean that it is not a beautiful place to visit. On the contrary, it is unusually pleasant, an excellent country worth to be known worldwide. Have you heard of the Federated States of Micronesia? Here is some amusing stuff you need to know about this incredible country.
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Visit the Federated States of Micronesia
Somewhere in the blue Western Pacific Ocean, there’s a group of around 607 islands that form an independent sovereign island nation, known as the Federated States of Micronesia. The group consists of four states called Pohnpei, Yap Chuuk and Kosrae, each of them unusual and characteristic with a jaw-dropping type of natural sights. The Federated States of Micronesia are somewhat close to Papua New Guinea in the south and the Philippines in the West. As for the capital of this island nation, meet the city of Palikir, an attractive destination located at the Pohnpei Island. However, this is not the biggest city of all the states.
The largest one you can find on the Chuuk Atoll, and it is called Weno. Interesting fact about the states is that they all, except Kosrae, include several outlying atolls, apart from the main high islands. Another amusing thing is that the part of the Coraline Islands of the Micronesia region, which are freely scattered throughout the Pacific Ocean, belong to the Federated States of Micronesia. Geographically this is a complicated structure of one island nation, which makes it even more interesting when it comes to exploring and discovering a new traveling destination. But what exactly should you expect from the Federated States of Micronesia? Check out each of them separately and find out what’s hidden in your next journey:
Pohnpei is the main island of the Federated States of Micronesia, and it is located near the eastern part of the Coraline Islands. It is actually in the middle of the way from Honolulu to Manila, and its population accounts for more than 36,000 people. Apart from the unique culture and the exotic cuisine, you’ll encounter, this island is known to be magical when it comes to some rare natural features. For this purpose, you must visit some places like the Kepirohi Waterfall, the Sokehs Rock, Liduduhniap Falls, and Mt. Pwusehn Malek and so on.
For those of you interested in the history of this place, and you should be once you approach such a fantastic destination, make sure to visit the ancient ruins of Nan Madol. Somewhere in the north-eastern part of the Pohnpei, you can find the capital Palikir, but don’t let this be the only city you visit. Most tourists quickly fall in love with the coastal town of Kolonia, which is also the capital of Pohnpei, so make sure to put it on your bucket list. Additionally, if you’re into exploring the surrounding with the help of some exciting activities, then try out snorkeling or be part of some of the fantastic surf camps on the island.
The Yap Islands are a part of the Coraline islands. Apart from the atolls, the main islands of Yap are considered to be formed by four separate islands, which are: Marbaq, Gagil-Tamil, Maap, and Rumung. Even though considered to be connected, all of them are separated by water and are wonderfully surrounded by a coral reef. The capital of Yap is Colonia, which is not to be confused with Pohnpei’s capital Kolonia. This place, even though it is mostly rolling hills and rich in vegetation, has some stunning beaches and incredible flora. However, probably one of the most interesting stuff about Yap is the culture and traditions of the
Yapese people, something you’ll get in touch with once you step your foot on the land. And when your heart starts to ache for some vigorous fun activity, then go ahead and try out diving, snorkeling, hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking and fishing. So many things to do in Yap!
The state of Chuuk consists of several island groups and is known to be the most populous state of all four in Micronesia. Most people live in the Chuuk Lagoon, where the Weno Island, which is also the largest city in the Federated States of Micronesia, functions as the capital of Chuuk. People come here to explore the stunning beauty of the Lagoon, the white sand beaches and the exotic palms and sea life. It’s the perfect getaway, ideal for a romantic vacation.
Kosrae is the easternmost located island, and it will drown you in delight. Nature is extraordinary, and there are natural resorts you’ll never wish to leave. For some people, it is even regarded as the jewel of Micronesia! The mind-blowing unspoiled beaches and the lush mangrove forests are nicely decorating the shoreline, but once you get deeper in the island, you’ll learn more about its real value. Its diverse flora and fauna may enchant you, so you better keep your eyes open if you want to be part of this fairytale.
Amazing atolls of Micronesia
A big part of the Federated States of Micronesia are not just the main islands, but also the numerous atolls scattered throughout the Pacific Ocean. These atolls are a stunning form of coral to be seen, especially from an aerial view. There are around 38 atolls that belong to the Federated States of Micronesia, all of which are exceptional. Places like the Ant Atoll, Pakin Atoll, Gaferut, Namoluk, Etal, Sorol and many others are worth the journey.
So, the question remains: would you travel this far to explore such a spectacular paradise?