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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.

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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.

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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.

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Pohnpei Diving – West Side Sites

This page focuses on SCUBA diving sites located on the western side of Pohnpei Island, including Dauahk Wall, Dauahk Bridge, Pehleng Wall, Pehleng Corner, and Kehpara Wall.

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Pohnpei Diving – South Side Sites

This page focuses on SCUBA diving sites located on the western side of Pohnpei Island, including Nahlap and Ros.

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Pohnpei Diving – East Side Sites

This page focuses on SCUBA diving sites located on the eastern side of Pohnpei Island, including Joy / Nahnningi, Nan Madol, Na, Nanwap Corner, Areu Pass, and Areu Wall.

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Pohnpei Diving – North Side Sites

This page focuses on SCUBA diving sites located on the northern side of Pohnpei Island, including Manta Road, Mwahnd Wall, Mwahnd Pass, North Point, Lighthouse, Lenger, Parem, Middle Pass, Main Pass, Palikir Bridge, and Palikir Wall.

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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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Ros Island

Ros is a long, narrow uninhabited island in Kitti with beautiful sandbars and nearby swimming, diving, and snorkeling.

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Penieu Island

Penieu is a small lagoon island in Kitti with sandy beaches, excellent swimming, and nearby snorkeling, diving, and surfing. It is also a major seabird nesting spot.