Pohnpei Marine Protected Areas (MPA)

Pohnpei currently has eleven marine protected areas, including three mangrove forest reserves and two stingray sanctuaries. These are some of the most diverse and beautiful natural environments that the island has to offer. Entry into MPAs is by permit only.


Pohnpei Diving – Pakin Atoll

Pakin Atoll, the second and more distant of Pohnpei’s two satellite atolls, offers excellent advanced-level diving for those willing to make the 90 min-2 hr trip and brave the sometimes rough conditions in the crossing. All dives are drifts along the vertical outer walls of Pakin’s barrier reef, which is riddled with tunnels, caves, and holes. Like And Atoll, Pakin’s sites are known for large pelagic species, very healthy coral life, and lots of sharks and turtles. Visibility is some of the best — exceeding 60 meters. Pakin has five marine protected areas which require a permit for entry.


Pohnpei Diving – And Atoll

Uninhabited, but privately owned, And Atoll has some of the best advanced SCUBA diving that Pohnpei — and perhaps even the FSM — has to offer. With a couple of exceptions, dives are all drifts along the vertical outer walls of And’s barrier reef or along the walls of its single passage. Sites are most famous for large pelagic species, jacks, barracudas, congregations of sharks, turtles, rays, large groupers, wrasses, clams, unicorn fish, eels, an abundance of healthy coral life, and extremely good visibility. The entire atoll is a UNESCO Marine Biosphere Reserve and is protected under law.

A local canoe in a mangrove passage in western Kitti, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia

Paddling Around Western Kitti

Paddling destinations in western Kitti include Pwudoi Mangrove Sanctuary, kilometers of stunning coastline, several small islands including Kiparalap, Pohn Lahpar, the Dauahk Islands, Kehpara, and Black Coral, and a variety of small mangrove channels.


Temwen Vicinity Paddling

The area around Temwen is one of the richest for paddlers. Mangrove channels, rocky points, deserted lagoon islands, beaches, historical sites, marine sanctuaries, and a 12th century megalithic city are just a few of the options available.

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Paddling Around Central Madolenihmw

Why paddle in central Madolenihmw? Serene mangrove channels, a half a dozen perfect uninhabited islands, coastal hills to climb, marine sanctuaries, a beautiful bay, and a wide river inlet are some of the reasons.

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Paddling Lenger & Sapwtik

Lenger and Sapwtik offer several days worth of fun places to explore, including coastal historical sites on both islands, swimming spots, and snorkeling on reef walls.

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Sokehs Island Paddling

Circumnavigate Sokehs Island, cruise through the mangrove forests of Daumwoakote, explore the “Labyrinth,” and kick back at the “Doldrums.” Paddlers will never have a opportunity for boredom.

Sunset at Pakin Atoll, Pohnpei State, Federated States of Micronesia.

And & Pakin Atolls

This page discusses And and Pakin, two gorgeous atolls near Pohnpei Island both with excellent SCUBA diving, snorkeling, camping, and swimming. The atolls are featured in the Marine Attractions Eco-Adventure Map Guide, funded by the Australian Government and available at the Australian Embassy and around Kolonia Town. READ MORE . . .

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Takaieu & Dehpehk Islands

Takaieu & Dehpehk Takaieu and Dehpehk are two large volcanic islands connected by a bridge […]