MICRONESIA TRAVEL GUIDE
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.
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MICRONESIA QUICK FACTS
- Capital: Palikir
- Currency : US dollar ($, USD)
- Area: 702km² (includes Pohnpei (Ponape), Chuuk (Truk) Islands, Yap Islands, and Kosrae)
- Population: 112 640 (2018)
- Language: English (official and common language), Trukese, Pohnpeian, Yapese, Kosrean, Ulithian, Woleaian, Nukuoro, Kapingamarangi
- Religion: Roman Catholic 50%, Protestant 47%
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MICRONESIA PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
- 31 March, Pohnpei Culture Day
- 10 May, Constitution Day
- 24 October, United Nations Day
- 3 November, Independence Day
- 11 November, Veterans Day
MICRONESIA WEATHER SYNOPSIS
With less than 1.5°C between its hottest and coldest months, FSM experiences very little seasonal variation in mean air temperatures. Mean annual temperature (1901-2016) is 27.1°C. Mean annual precipitation (1901-2016) stands at 3,810.4mm. The wet season takes place between May and September, with the West Pacific Monsoon affecting rainfall in the western islands by contributing additional rain. The extreme weather events that occur in FSM include typhoons, storm waves, droughts and flooding.
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HIKING & CYCLING IN MICRONESIA
The dry season in Micronesia runs from December to April. The rainy season from May to November can sometimes include typhoons. Pohnpei is reputedly one of the wettest places on earth!
BEACH OPTIONS IN MICRONESIA
The dry season in Micronesia runs from December to April. The rainy season from May to November can sometimes include typhoons.
SURFING IN MICRONESIA
Micronesia has some of the best waves in the world and Pohnpei has by far the best surf, but the only way to get to the waves is by boat! Western Pacific typhoons produce swells in Micronesia from September to May, which is the main surf season.
KITESURF IN MICRONESIA
Kitesurfing in Micronesia is becoming more popular. Pohnpei’s position in relation to the annual northeasterly trade winds results in exciting conditions off and on throughout the year, but the primary times for kiting around the island happen from October through May (for northern reef breaks) and September through December (for eastern breaks). The western and southern reefs are sheltered by the island and don’t get much in the way of wind.
HEALTH RISKS IN MICRONESIA
Be aware of possible health risks in
Dengue - Dengue is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. About one in four people infected with dengue will get sick. For people who get sick with dengue, symptoms can be mild or severe.