The more than 2,000 islands that make up Micronesia
are scattered over 4.5 million square miles of
blue ocean. As you might expect, the terrain and
people found in this vast area are as diverse
as they are interesting. For example, in Yap,
they still use giant stone money. Guam, on the
other hand, is a United States territory, with
a bustling, modern way of life.
Underwater Micronesia has it all, from wreck
graveyards to thriving coral reefs, to fish of
all types and colors, to lagoons, drop-offs and
pinnacles. Everywhere, there is adventure and
abundant marine life. Space limits us to only
a small mention of some favorite islands and sites.
The most famous diving in the largely undeveloped
Marshalls is found around Majuro Atoll and
Bikini. Majuro Atoll diving includes airplane
wrecks near the airport, and shipwrecks off
Rita. The tropical fish found on the reefs
are plentiful and Gray Reef and Whitetip Reef
Sharks are common. Calalin Channel also has
its share of these predators, taking the label
of Shark Alley.
Bikini still suffers
from an undeserved radiation reputation,
left over from its use as an atomic bomb
test site in the 1940s and 50s. But
this has helped keep the diving pristine.
Here the Gray Reef Shark action is big,
as is wreck diving. The USS Saratoga is
the worlds only diver-accessible aircraft
The island of Kosrae and its people are,
today, much like they have always beenunspoiled
and friendly. The diving is, likewise, unspoiled.
There are vibrant coral reefs, complete
with Lionfish. There are bigger fish, such
as barracuda and stingrays, and there are
wrecks, including a sunken PBY plane.
The island of Pohnpei is wet and green and
bursting with flowers. The undersea world
is also bursting with life, especially with
colorful tropicals on the reef. Bigger animals,
such as Manta Rays are occasionally encountered.
You can also experience some excellent atoll
diving at Ant and Pakin Atolls. An unusual
offering is diving the canals of the ancient
stone city of Nan Madol.
Truk (or Chuuk) Lagoon represents the pinnacle
of wreck diving. Here, in clear and calm
tropical waters, lie more than 60 Japanese
shipwrecks dating from WW II. There are
tankers, subs, freighters, tugs and both
Japanese and U.S. warplanes. The ships have
also become artificial reefs, attracting
numerous marine animals. The outer edge
of the lagoon reef displays awesome visibility
and pelagics visit constantly.
Though evolving rapidly into the modern age,
Saipan still offers excellent diving. Wrecks
are plentiful, and The Grotto offers tunnels.
With its one small village, nearby Tinian
is the much quieter topside, and its underwater
attractions are just now being explored.
Guam is a United States territory, and very
busy, as it is home to more than 160,000
people. Wrecks from WW II are underwater
highlights, and there is a unique double
wreck, where a WW II vessel sank into
one resting on the bottom since WW I. Blue
Hole, at the end of the Orote Peninsula,
lets divers descend 60 feet into the reef,
and exit on the wall.
On Yap, time seems to have stood still.
The islanders maintain traditional dress
and customs. Yap diving is famous for Manta
Rays. At Manta Ridge, in Miil Channel and
other sites, huge Mantas are experienced
up-close. One hundred miles away from Yap,
Ulithi Atoll is surprisingly developed,
with more than 1,000 inhabitants. The atoll
offers a different diving angle to the Yap
The Republic of Palau (Belau) is famous
for its small rock islands rising mushroom-like
out of the sea. The dive specialties include
caves, channels, walls and wrecks. Giant
clams are common. The vertical wall at Blue
Corner is legendary for its big fish, including
barracuda, tuna and sharks. Palau also has
landlocked saltwater lakes, in which you
can snorkel with millions of stingless jellyfish.
to friendly, simple, peaceful,
mysterious, pristine, lush,
Close your eyes and imagine
a secluded white sandy beach
without a single foot print
to mar its pristine beauty.
Or gliding silently in a dugout
canoe thru ancient mangrove
forest. Or imagine yourself
in Neolithic archeological ruins
that defy both time and meaning.
How about trying to find the
lost treasures of the infamous
American pirate Bully Hayes
buried more than a century ago
in 20 meters depth in Utwe Harbor.
With its enchanting rainforests,
haunting historical ruins and
international reputation for
diving, Kosrae stands out among
the top in the world.
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Telephone: (691) 370-2228
Fax: (691) 370-2187
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