Micronesia

Micronesia

Etymology

1840, from Italian, literally “the region of small islands,” Modern Latin, formed on model of Polynesia from micro- “small” + Greek nesos “island”. [online etymology dictionary]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Current City – Landmark & Historical Place in Palikir, Pohnpei, Micronesia. [facebook]

Laidengki- Dolphin Divers – Landmark & Historical Place, Scuba Diving Center, Snorkeling Spot. [facebook]

Mangroove Bar – Chuuk’s Newest Local Hot Spot, located on the water, behind Truk Stop Hotel. Come Enjoy a cold beer with a friend, relax and unwind… [facebook]

Sunset Cove – Pool & Billiard Hall in Weno, Chuuk, Micronesia. [facebook]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Connecting Singles – Connecting Singles is a 100% FREE online dating site where you can make friends and meet Federated states of micronesia singles. Find an activity partner, new friends, a cool date or a soulmate, for a casual or long term relationship. Meet quality singles in your Federated states of micronesia area or worldwide (US singles, Canada singles, UK singles, singles in Western Europe and Australia) looking for online dating, friendship, love, marriage, romance, or just someone to chat or hang out with. [connecting singles]

Interracial Dating Central – Micronesia’s best dating scene won’t be found in the bars, clubs or restaurants; it’s online with InterracialDatingCentral! Sign up today! Modern technology makes it possible and easy to find love, and InterracialDatingCentral is the absolute best place to find your soul mate online. InterracialDatingCentral has matched interracial couples from all over the globe – will you be next? [interracial dating central]

Mingle 2 – Mingle2.com is a 100% Micronesia Free Dating Service. Meet thousands of fun, attractive, Micronesia men and Micronesia women for FREE. No gimmicks, no tricks. Stop paying for online dating now. [mingle 2]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Micronesia Grand Tour – Micronesia Grand Tour has a long-term commitment to operate business in a manner that is beneficial to the Sustainable Development of wonderful Kosrae. [micronesia grand tour]

Nature’s Way – From the wetland areas covered by mangroves on shorelines, semi-agricultural forests to dry savannah, vegetation in Yap varies depending on the environment. For bird watching, walking early in the morning will be the best. When walking into thick jungle area via a stone paved path of a village, you will find yourself surrounded by the lively twitter of birds. Yap monarch (Monarcha godeffroyi) and Micronesian fantail are often seen. [nature’s way]

Pure Travel – The Federated States Of Micronesia (FSM), to give this area its full name, is also known as the Heart of Micronesia. Made up of four states, Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei and Kosrae and each state has their own distinct cultural and traditional identity. Within Micronesia there are hundreds of small islands. Micronesia has become a favored holiday destination with its beautiful beaches and exquisite cuisine. Situated 2,300 miles north of Australia, Micronesia is renowned for offering visitors the chance to dive in the Truk Lagoon of Chuuk and explore the intriguing regions of Pohnpei and Kosrae. [pure travel]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

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 Nakpil River and a large natural pool. On the same river are the spectacular Lidudu Niap Twin Waterfalls. [world travel guide]

Dive down to a whole fleet of shipwrecks – Dive at the unspoiled Ant Atoll, Pakin Atoll and Black Coral in Pohnpei State. The state of Chuuk contains famous Truk Lagoon, where a whole Japanese fleet was sunk during WWII. More than 50 wrecks can be seen, some in shallower waters suitable for snorkelers. The island of Yap sees schools of manta rays year round. [world travel guide]

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. [world travel guide]

See mythical creatures at Pwu Doi Sanctuary – Eels play a prominent part in Pohnpei’s mythological past, portrayed as both benevolent and as terrifying monsters. Visitors can make their own minds about them at the Pwu Doi Sanctuary. See the large eels up close in the sanctuary’s eel pool and watch the locals to handle the slippery creatures. [world travel guide]

Settle down in your own shoreline paradise – When in paradise you have to hit the beach. Crowd-free bays with powder white sands and warm shimmering crystal seas are the norm in the Federated States of Micronesia but the tree-hemmed shores around Kosrae stand out and the charming shores of Yap’s Chamorro Bay should not be missed. [world travel guide]

Stay the night at Black Coral Island – Spend a night on Black Coral Island. Situated in the lagoon behind Pohnpei’s barrier reef, this small, sandy islet is untouched by the modern hand. Simple thatched huts offer shelter for those that chose to stay overnight, the barrier reef makes for fantastic snorkelling and sharp eyes will hope to spot an eagle ray. [world travel guide]

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. [world travel guide]

Tour the states’ historical sites – See the states’ most important historical sites: the pretty German-built Catholic Bell Tower in Pohnpei; the Japanese Wartime Communication Centre at Xavier High School in Chuuk; and the ancient ruins of Insaru in Kosrae. Dating back to 1,300 AD, the ballast blocks were once an important city. [world travel guide]

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. [world travel guide]

Visit the Venice of Micronesia, Nan Madol – Located off the eastern shore of Pohnpei, Nan Madol is considered an ancient feat of engineering. The ruins are atop artificial islands intercut by a series of canals and have been set in place without pulleys, levers or other such modern techniques. Explore the remains of what were once bathhouses, temples and burial sites. [world travel guide]

Festivals

Festivals

Constitution Day – Each of the Federated States of Micronesia have their own constitution day holidays, but the entire island nations celebrates the date, May 10, on which the country’s national constitution was founded in 1979. This is not really a lively festival, but rather a day of rest and relaxation which Micronesians spend at shopping centers and parks on this day off from school and work. [iexplore]

Liberation Day – September 11 remains a day of celebration on the Pacific Islands of Micronesia, whose citizens still associate this date as the anniversary of the United States WWII victory over Japan. The island of Kosrae marks the date with a Mardi Gras-style parade, while Pohnpei’s main Liberation Day events are sporting competitions among the island’s communities. [iexplore]

United Nations Day – Few places celebrate United Nations Day with more fervor than the Pacific Islands of Micronesia. The island of Yap, in particular, marks each October 24 by closing all government offices, schools, and virtually all businesses. Fairs serving foods around the world and international cultural performances also fill this day celebrating the anniversary of the United Nations charter. [iexplore]

Yap Day Festival – The biggest of the island of Yap’s many mitmit feasts takes place on the first weekend in March. Each village on Yap takes turns hosting this unique festival which has only recently been open to visitors outside the island. Yap Day is most famous for the intricate dances the villagers practice throughout the year and perform only once in a lifetime. The brightly dressed villagers perform stick dances, standing dances, sitting dances, and kneeling dances. The Yap Visitors Bureau hosts a reception during the festival’s final days and pays special honor to the guest who has traveled the longest distance to attend. [iexplore]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Taxis and Car Rental – None of the Pacific Islands of Micronesia have widely available public transportation options except for taxis. Each island has its own variety of taxi companies to choose from like Pohnpei’s Capital Taxi (+691-320-5485) or Yap’s Twenty-Four Seven Taxi Service (+691-350-8294). Taxis on all the islands are fairly cheap, but sometimes unreliable. [iexplore]

Trains and Buses – A school bus service between Yap’s capital of Colonia and smaller villages is the only significant public bus network on any of the Pacific Islands of Micronesia. Some island hotels also operate their own private charter buses. None of the Federated States of Micronesia have rail service. [iexplore]

Water Taxis – The islands of Yap, Pohnpei, and Chuuk all contain major international ports which welcome cruise and trading ships from around the world. The main ships which travel between the Pacific Islands of Micronesia are called the FSM Caroline Voyager and the Micro Glory. [iexplore]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

iSolutions – Technology, Rural Deployments, Solar Systems, multimedia entertainment, networking, tshirt printing. [facebook]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Your Expat Community in Micronesia – Yokwe and welcome to our expat community in Micronesia in the South Pacific! There is nowhere you need your fellow expats more than a far-flung corner of the world, and Micronesia, a collection of islands and territories in Australasia, is certainly off the beaten track. “Which languages do they speak in Micronesia?”, “what are the best travel routes to Europe?” or “how long would it be before I could apply for citizenship?” might all be questions on your lips, and the InterNations expat community is a good place in which to start looking for answers. [internations]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Resources

Resources

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