- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
Micronesia (The Federated States of Micronesia) is a country spread across the western Pacific Ocean comprising more than 600 islands. Micronesia is made up of 4 island states: Pohnpei, Kosrae, Chuuk and Yap. The country is known for palm-shaded beaches, wreck-filled dives and ancient ruins, including Nan Madol, sunken basalt temples and burial vaults that extend out of a lagoon on Pohnpei.
Things to do and see in Micronesia
Bathe beneath beautiful waterfalls
Explore Pohnpei's magnificent waterfalls and bathe in the plunge pools below. Two of the most beautiful are Kepirohi and Sahwartik. A 20-minute ride out of Kolonia is the Nanpil River and a large natural pool. On the same river are the spectacular Liduduhniap Twin Waterfalls.
Hike to the summit of Sokehs Mountain
Tackle the moderately difficult hike up Sokehs Mountain, which offers breath-taking views of Sokehs rock and Kolonia harbour. As well as tropical vegetation and an abundance of birdlife, the trek along Japanese Road will reveal anti-aircraft guns, the remains of a power station and a searchlight platform atop the summit.
Visit the remains of Micronesia's colonial past
Today, the Spanish Wall acts as the outer boundary to a baseball pitch but they were originally the ramparts of the Fort Alphonso XII erected following a local uprising. A nod to the island’s Spanish colonisation of the late 19th-century, the wall is one of only a few colonial sites that remain.
Strike out with a baseball game
Watch islanders dabble in a game of baseball, which is an archipelago-wide passion. The sport became popular after US marines became based in Guam. There is a stadium in the centre of Yap, while baseball fields in Tofol and Guam boast a national team. Volleyball is also popular among islanders.