"Pohnpei, Micronesia" State of Pohnpei by kenmerk

State of Pohnpei Travel Guide: 33 reviews and 72 photos

Of the pacific islands that I have visited, Pohnpei is my favourite. While they do have some tourism industry, it is quite low key. Just a couple small hotels and restaurants and a few dive operators on the island. (No massive Tumon bay type developments, thank God...)

I am fortunate as I have a friend who lives here, and has the full dive setup, so it make diving here a breeze. Also, since he has many local friends in the area, it also provides for easy access to the local culture.

And as such I have been able to go to more than one native pig roast party and Sakau swilling sessions. (Sakau is the local semi-narcotic concoction that will make your feet fail to operate properly, and your face go numb....)

The diving in Pohnpei is just outstanding, and it is such a joy not to be on one of those cattle drive dives that you see in Guam or Hawaii... I have done about 25 dives here, and only once did we encounter any other divers underwater.

The amount of marine life you will encounter is incredible: Giant mantas, Reef sharks, Barracuda, as well as all the micro critters on the reef...

If you want a dive vacation far from the maddening crowds, I couldn't recommend this place more...

  • Last visit to State of Pohnpei: Sep 2002
  • Intro Updated Jun 22, 2003
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  • pikuu's Profile Photo
    Apr 16, 2008 at 12:25 AM

    I've just finished the Oliver Sacks book "The Island of the Colorblind" about his journey to Pohnpei and with pleasure I found your tips and impressions from this far areas. Great page!

  • Sharrie's Profile Photo
    Nov 13, 2005 at 7:46 AM

    After Tahiti, I'm beginning to explore the sea... heading Guam & Okinawa next, hopefully thereafter this place. Sounds interesting though not the rain!

  • melissa_bel's Profile Photo
    Dec 23, 2004 at 9:52 PM

    Another information-packed page Ken! And this time, not only underwater. And as usual, nice pics!

  • bpacker's Profile Photo
    Sep 29, 2004 at 11:29 PM

    Yummy-looking roast piggy, local liquor and good dive waters..Ken , you're really living the life, man! Bet the piggy taste heavenly. Btw, what's the max depth around here? Do you have to do any tech diving for those WWII antiques?

  • herzog63's Profile Photo
    Aug 9, 2004 at 10:59 PM

    Hahhaha You don't want to drink that stuff before a dive you might not be able to hold the mouth piece in your mouth tight!! hahaha

  • ecoquester's Profile Photo
    Jul 29, 2004 at 9:22 PM

    No pictures of the war ships?...

  • bkoon's Profile Photo
    Jun 27, 2004 at 7:29 AM

    Nice underwater pictures. Good stuffs. Nice picture of the girl on the swing too. You have indeed dived a lot a lot. I am envious. Cheers!

  • Geisha_Girl's Profile Photo
    Mar 14, 2004 at 2:43 PM

    A tank o' O2 and a can o' Heineken is all you need to battle the territorial Clown Fish, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.......

  • R.Dettmann's Profile Photo
    Dec 15, 2003 at 8:56 PM

    Wow like your underwater pix!!! The shark is nice, but the tuna sure doesn't look like a tuna :)

  • Janni67's Profile Photo
    Nov 19, 2003 at 1:12 AM

    What a place, no wonder it's you favorite :) Didn't quite enjoy seeing the pig though :P

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