The islands of Yap are heavily steeped in ancient tradition, making them a very unique travel destination. Explore the islands through mountain biking, jungle hiking and world-class scuba diving. The islands are infamous for their large population of manta rays. Nowhere else in the world can manta rays be seen so frequently year-round. Kayak across the coral reefs and take in everything these beautiful islands have to offer. Spend some relaxation time with the locals, who pride themselves on their ancient culture and art of dance.
The islands of Chuuk are the foremost place to scuba dive in Micronesia. Surrounded by a crystal-clear lagoon and offering a world-famous WWII-era shipwreck, these waters are a true haven for divers. Take in the sights of multicolored reefs and a wide variety of marine life. The islands contain many WWII relics, including Japanese lighthouses and command centers, that visitors can explore. Chuuk also offers hilltop camping amid the vast jungles as well as kayaking above the coral reefs from island to island. Hikers can enjoy the wide variety of flowers and other plants that grow around the islands, as well as the large wild bird populations.
Pohnpei is the largest island in Micronesia, with tall mountain peaks and a tropical rainforest available for exploration. Containing rich mangroves that teem with marine life, snorkeling is a popular activity on the mainland. In the ocean, divers can expect to see dolphins, sea turtles, manta rays and even the occasional shark. History and hiking enthusiasts can enjoy a day exploring the Nan Madol ruins, which once were home to a robust civilization. Pohnpei hosts a complex stream system and large spectacular waterfalls for hikers to cool off in on a hot day.
A few hours southeast of Hawaii, the islands of Kosrae are a destination like no other. With archeological ruins and relics that once belonged to pirates, Kosrae has a rich, unique history for visitors to enjoy. Walk down the pristine white beaches or spend some time visiting with the locals. The scuba diving at Kosrae is unlike any other, with visibility in the water over 200 feet. Over 250 species of marine life call the waters of Kosrae home. Kosrae also sports two WWII shipwrecks for diving enthusiasts to explore, as well as two underwater plane crashes. Experienced climbers and hikers can also tackle Mt. Finkol, a 2,064-foot peak overlooking the vast jungles and ocean.
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