Micronesia

MICRONESIA TRAVEL GUIDE

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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

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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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MICRONESIA TOURIST SEASONS

Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists. 

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SNOW SPORT IN MICRONESIA

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.

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HEALTH RISKS IN MICRONESIA

Be aware of possible health risks in 

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Yellow fever - The yellow fever virus is found in tropical and subtropical areas of Africa and South America. The virus is spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no medicine to treat or cure an infection. To prevent getting sick from yellow fever, use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and get vaccinated.

Zika Virus - Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects. There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.

Malaria - Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. People who get malaria are typically very sick with high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness. Although malaria can be a deadly disease, illness and death from malaria can usually be prevented.

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.

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