Micronesia

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If travel is the elixir of life, then a visit to Micronesia is truly a feast of exotic experiences and underwater adventures.

From seeing a traditional village dance, taking a hike to a secluded lake or waterfall, or making a dive beneath the sea to a coral laden shipwreck, there's something for every adventuresome taste. Micronesia offers a diverse range of natural ecosystems, from mangrove swamps to lush tropical rainforest and pristine coral reefs.

The islands are blessed with many indigenous and introduced bird species. The lucky visitor may even spot the occasional rare deer, monitor lizard or fruit bat in the more rural areas.

A profusion of tropical shrubs, flowers and trees numbering more than six hundred species of higher plants are found in Micronesia. Hibiscus, Hong Kong orchid, ironwood, eucalyptus, Honduras mahogany, papaya, banana, coconut and plumeria trees can be found just about everywhere.

Images courtesy of Federated States of Micronesia Visitors Board

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Kosrae dancers
Yapese Ceremonial attire
Traditional Yapese House

Climate

Micronesia enjoys a tropical climate, with relatively even, warm temperatures throughout the year. Tempertaures average 27¬?C year round, with highs in the low 30s and lows in the high 20s. Rainfall is heaviest during the summer months. The rainfall on each island varies, however, so check with the local visitor authority for anticipated dry and wet seasons. Trade winds come mainly from the northeast from December through June.

Underwater Recommendations

The surrounding coral reefs abound with tropical fish of every description and colors, as well as marine turtles and manta rays. The surrounding oceans are home to several large species of game fish such as marlin, mahi-mahi, tuna, barracuda, sailfish and assorted bottom fish. The State of Micronesia has attracted divers from virtually every corner of the world. Clean, clear waters mean excellent visibility. And the waters are rich with marine life. The diving in the islands is truly spectacular. There are opportunities for every level of diving experience as there many sites to choose from. Underwater photographers will be amazed at the water visibility and diversity of the reef's ecosystems.

Getting There

Each island airport has its own customs and immigration officers. If you plan on visiting several islands on one trip, you will be passing through customs and immigration lines at each stop and filling out the usual paperwork.

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