This Japanese operation specializes in SCUBA diving and has some very experienced staff, but caters primarily to Japanese tourists. Staff may not be very comfortable communicating in English with non-Japanese customers. Contact the club for details.
Daniel Kenji Lopez is a native of Nett municipality and is the owner and chef at Nett Ramen. He runs eco-tours to a few locations. Rates are $50 for 1-2 individuals or $40 for 3 or more people. The fee includes transportation and guiding to and from each site (entrance fees are extra). Tour reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance.
Options: Nan Madol, Kepirohi Waterfall, Pahntakai, Pohnpaip Petroglyphs, Liduduhniap Waterfall
Nett Ramen also runs snorkeling trips in the Nahlap Island area. Rates are $50 for 1-2 individuals or $40 for 3 or more people. The fee includes boat transportation and grilled fish or BBQ chicken dinner (island entrance fees are extra). Tour reservations must be made at least 3 days in advance. Contact the restaurant for the most up-to-date info.
Nihco Surf at NIHCO Marine Park focuses mostly on surfing expeditions, but also rents kayaks to guests, and runs trips to And Atoll. Contact Wilbur Walter for details.
Pohnpei Surf Club’s specialty is obvious, but in addition to surfing, the club has jetskis, kiteboards, and stand-up paddleboards for rent, and can arrange both land and ocean tours (Nan Madol ruins, waterfalls, island hikes, And Atoll and Pakin Atoll) and SCUBA diving trips. The camp currently operates out of the brand-new (2014) Mangrove Bay Hotel. Contact Allois Malfitani for details.
Seabreeze Hotel has its own small tour service which can arrange snorkeling, SCUBA diving, surfing, hiking, and Nan Madol trips. Contact the hotel for details.
Yvonne’s is just starting to get into the touring business and can arrange a limited number of trips to well-known sites, such as Nan Madol and some of the popular waterfalls around the island. Contact the hotel for details.
Miller Benjamin (pronounced My-ler)
Miller grew up in the community of Saladak, U, where his father served as the paramount chief (Nahnmwarki) for a number of years. After working at Pohnpei Island Central School, Miller began to teach Micronesian history and other subjects at the SDA School, where he was eventually appointed principal. During his 15 years as principal, Miller made it his duty to introduce his American volunteers to the island’s many terrestrial and oceanic wonders, leading mountain-climbing excursions, acting as a guide on forest treks to remote waterfalls and obscure cultural sites, and taking groups of teachers camping, snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, and fishing. Miller is respected island-wide for his experience as a boat pilot, fisherman, and mountain guide as well as for his extensive knowledge of Pohnpei’s cultural traditions, oral histories, and local medicine. If you can’t get Miller by phone, you can usually find him at his small store near the corner of Ohmine and Mesenieng Streets.
Options: Nan Madol (land / boat / kayak), Kupwuriso (from Saladak), Sokehs Mountain, Sokehs Rock, Pahn Sile Waterfall, Pahnsapw Waterfall, Nahnalaud (from Pehleng), Lehnpaipohn Waterfall, Sahwartik & Sahwarlap Waterfalls, 6 Waterfalls Hike, Lenger Island, Liduduhniap Waterfalls
Options: Kupwuriso (from Awak)
Rihlent lives at the house at the foot of Dolen Palikir and his family owns the land going up that mountain, which he knows intimately. They don’t have a phone, but you can find him easily enough by going straight to the house.
Options: Dolen Palikir
Denster was born and raised in the Palikir area and works as a security guard at the College of Micronesia National Campus. If you can’t reach him by phone, you may be able to find him at the COM campus security office.
Options: Dolen Palikir, Dolen Pahniepw, Lovebug Wreck
Relio Lengsi (pronounced Ray-lee-o)
Relio is one of the most experienced professional guides on the island. He regularly works with Conservation Society of Pohnpei (CSP) and the Nature Conservancy, guiding visiting researchers and conservation workers. In addition to knowing the island’s trails and topography like the back of his hand, Relio’s also an expert on local flora and fauna. If you can’t get a hold of him by phone, CSP can usually track him down.
Options: Nahnalaud (all approaches), 6 Waterfalls Hike, Dolen Eirike, Lou Rahn, Nan Koropwung, Dolen Nahnsapwe, Kupwuriso (from Awak), Dolen Saladenre, Sengnaip Waterfall, Nan Madap Waterfalls, Pohnlehr, Nan Kiepw, Nihpit, Pohn Penmen, Dolotomw, Ngihneni, Nankepinmerepw, Nan Malek, Kipar Wetlands, Sapwtakai, Temwetemwensekir, Dol Rakied, Dolente, and much more
Allen, who hails from the municipality of U, is an experienced SCUBA diver, tour guide, and trek leader. In the past Allen was employed as one of the divemasters at the Village Hotel and has an intimate knowledge of Pohnpei’s reefs, passes, and marine life. He currently works for Pohnpei Port Authority and is training to be a marine pilot for Pohnpei State. If you can’t get Allen by phone, try visiting his father, Adelino Lorens, at the Pohnpei State Agricultural facility next to the Public Swimming Pool.
Options: Nan Madol (land / boat / kayak), Kupwuriso (from Saladak), Sokehs Mountain, Sokehs Rock, Pahn Sile Waterfall, Pahnsapw Waterfall, Nahnalaud (from Pehleng & from Nanipil), Lehnpaipohn Waterfall, Sahwartik & Sahwarlap Waterfalls, 6 Waterfalls Hike, Lenger Island, Liduduhniap Waterfall
Welten Panuel (pronounced Wel-chin)
Welten is a native of Salapwuk, Kitti, a region central to Pohnpei’s magical origin story. In the 1980s, Welten founded the trail now known as the Six Waterfalls Hike. Since that time, he has led countless treks to the waterfalls in Kitti and to Pohnpei’s highest mountain, Nahnalaud, proving himself to be a skilled mountain guide with considerable knowledge of the island’s geography, flora, and fauna.
Options: 6 Waterfalls Hike, Nahnalaud (from Salapwuk), Ngihneni (from Salapwuk), Sahwartik & Sahwarlap Waterfalls, Lehnpaipohn Waterfall