Federated States of Micronesia
Micronesia encompasses an extensive area of the western Pacific. It’s really a subregion of Oceania. There are nearly seven and a half million square kilometres/three million square miles of ocean and less than three thousand square kilometres/one thousand square miles of land. The region is comprised of small islands and even smaller coral-ringed atolls. If you think it sounds tailor made for divers, you’d be right. The reputation as a premier dive destination is well deserved. The main dive destinations — Palau, Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei and Kosrae — offer countless dive opportunities.
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Visit Yap from December to April to see manta rays during mating season. Males will chase the tails of larger females, and you might sometimes spot a pregnant female. Manta rays are almost a guaranteed sighting in Yap as are reef sharks at a drop-off called Vertigo.
In the Truk Lagoon at Chuuk, shipwrecks attract all manner of sea creatures looking for food and shelter. Sharks are often seen passing by as schools of fish like fusilier and snapper hang around the wrecks. Mandarin fish, anthias and anemone fish always delight. A closer look will reveal critters like nudibranch, scorpion fish and shrimp. Palau has its famed Jellyfish Lake filled with non stinging jellyfish.
At Pohnpei, you’ll find huge schools of barracuda near the atolls and other pelagic species like sharks, trevally, tuna and sea turtles. Look out into the blue for eagle rays, which come to the atolls to feed and clean. Kosrae will reveal beautiful coral reefs buzzing with life. Colorful reef fish, critters and also resting nurse sharks can be found, and this is also frequently visited by eagle rays.
How to Get There
The Federated States of Micronesia is relatively difficult to get to. Fly to Palau or Guam and take connecting flights to the four main island states. Guam’s main airport is Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport (GUM). Many international flights arrive here and then go on to other Micronesian destinations. On Palau, you arrive at Roman Tmetuchl International Airport (ROR). In Yap, the airport is Yap International Airport (YAP) and Chuuk International Airport (TKK) in Chuuk.
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