With coral-studded lagoon pools, reef walls plummeting into the azure depths, barrier reef passages, marine protected areas and stingray sanctuaries, there are plenty of places to snorkel on Pohnpei’s wild east side. READ MORE . . .
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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.
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.
Nahpali is a long, narrow uninhabited lagoon island northeast of Temwen Island that was fortified by the Japanese navy prior to World War II and retains many interesting World War 2-related sites. It also has good snorkeling nearby, sandy beaches, and occasionally excellent surfing in the channel to the north. It’s possible to camp with permission. Half-day / Over-night. This location is featured in the Temwen Island Vicinity Eco-Adventure Map Guide, funded by the FSM Visitors’ Board and available around Kolonia Town. READ MORE . . .
Mwudokolos is a fair-sized island in Madolenihmw that probably once was home to foreign traders. The island has prehistoric stone structures to explore and makes a fun paddling and camping location.
Dekehmwahu is a small island in Madolenihmw with a small beach or two and nearby snorkeling.
Dahu Reirei is long, skinny, man-made island in Madolenihmw, where visitors can picnic or camp overnight and swim or snorkel in the adjacent channel. There’s also a rope swing for the kids.
Nahnalaud is the highest peak in the FSM (772-780 m) and is located almost in the exact middle of Pohnpei Island amid the high altitude rainforests, also called cloud forests. There are many routes to the summit, but all require intensely strenuous climbs through very rugged highland terrain.
Nankepinmerepw is a narrow valley at the headwaters of the Nan Riohk Stream with several waterfalls and pools along it and an alleged prismatic basalt quarry site. The route leads up into the mountains and connects with a ridgeline leading to Pohnpei’s highest peak, Nahnalaud.