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About the Eco-Adventure Map Guides

Welcome to the companion web site for the Pohnpei Eco-Adventure Map Guide Series, a collection of 13 high-quality printed tourist guides covering Pohnpei Island, And Atoll, and Pakin Atoll. This web site provides supplementary information, photos, maps, and GPS data that we couldn’t provide in the printed material. It’s a work in progress. As each guide in the series is completed, corresponding pages will be added.

Our Motivation

As avid adventurers ourselves, the motivation to create the Pohnpei Eco-Adventure Map Series came naturally. Hiking, camping, climbing, kayaking, swimming, snorkeling, diving, surfing, and biking are what we’re all about, and we know there are a lot of people out there who love these activities as much as we do, who thrive on the beauty of nature and the thrill of exploration. The first time we visited Pohnpei in the mid-1990s, we were aware of the great potential the island had as an eco-tourist dream destination. What it didn’t have then and still does not have today is a reliable tourist infrastructure — a network of hotels, local companies, and other businesses devoted to tourism. We realized that it is quite possible for a person to visit Pohnpei and have absolutely no clue what can be done on or around the island — or how to do it. And that’s where it all started.

The simple truth is, we aren’t interested in creating new infrastructure or being key players in the development process on Pohnpei. All of that is the domain of the Pohnpeian people. They have to figure that out for themselves in order to secure their own future.

What we are able to do is gather the information, make the maps, and provide tourists with everything they need to know to get the most out of their Pohnpeian experience, infrastructure or no.

So there it is. Our motivation comes from passion, from love, from excitement, from the appreciation of beauty and complexity and culture, from the desire to share all of that with other people. It also comes from belief — the belief that Pohnpeians are special people with a special island, and that, despite what anyone might tell them or they might tell themselves, Pohnpei has a great deal to offer the world. It is not resource-poor. Its resources are wonder and adventure and wildness, and these are things with great worth, things that should be protected and cultivated rather than exploited.

Our Mission: Adventurers Wanted

Our mission is rather simple — to make it clear to active, independent, and ecologically-minded travelers from around the world why a visit to Pohnpei would be worth their while (and money). We have absolutely nothing against luxury tourists that travel for the extravagant hotels and fine dining, for the bus tours and manufactured landscapes. But that’s just not our thing.

By creating the eco-adventure map guides, we’re focusing on what we think is a more realistic demographic, a collection of diverse people who routinely step outside their comfort zones in the spirit of personal growth and would fall in love with Pohnpei now, just the way it is.

We’re looking for dreamers, for wanderers, for quixotic romantics, for thrill-seekers and tree-huggers, for bird-watchers and plant-lovers, for people who see the world with the enthusiasm of children and seek their experiences outside in the ocean, on the waves, on the mountains, on sheer rocky crags, and in the steaming forests.

Come along with us. Pohnpei is waiting.
Eco-Adventure Map Guide Zones

The Eco-Adventure Map Guides

Each of our thirteen Eco-Adventure Map Guides covers a distinct region of Pohnpei (shown on the map at right). An effort was made to have some overlap so that no area was excluded.

Pohnpei Island was divided into nine zones: Greater Nett & Western U, U & Northern Madolenihmw, (Central) Madolenihmw, Southern Madolenihmw (& Rohi), Southern Kitti, Western Kitti, Mainland Sokehs, Kolonia Town, and the Interior Highlands.

Additionally, three of the small lagoon islands were given their own guides, because of the high concentration of tourist attractions in those areas (Sokehs Island, Temwen Island Vicinity, and Lenger Island). The final guide — Marine Attractions — focuses on the coasts, mangrove forests, lagoon, barrier reef, and nearby atolls, And and Pakin.

All of the hikes covered on the Pohnpei Eco-Adventure Map Guide Series

An incredible amount of effort was put into making these maps as comprehensive and informative as possible. Every trail shown on the guides was hiked by us (often multiple times) and logged with a sensitive GPS data logger. Paddling routes were paddled. Every site was visited and explored thoroughly. Historical sites were mapped using a combination of GPS logging and traditional methods. Countless days were spent in the forest, in the mountains, in the ocean, on islands, hiking, trekking, biking, camping, birding, swimming, paddling, snorkeling, climbing, talking to people, and poring over books and manuscripts in the library. It was certainly a labor of love, and we hope you all like it and can benefit from it.

Map Guides

As of January 2016, eleven guides in the series are available at the Australian Embassy, hotels, restaurants, the Pohnpei Visitors’ Bureau, Pohnpei Public Library, and other locations around Kolonia Town.

Phase 1: Released October 2013 / Updated reprint released January 2017

The following three guides were self-funded. The FSM Department of Resources & Development, of which the FSM Visitors’ Board is a part, paid for printing of the first run, while the reprint was paid for by Pohnpei State Tourism.

Phase 2: Released July 2014

The two guides below were funded by the Australian Government through a Direct Aid Program (DAP) grant.

Phase 3: Released May 2015

The following four guides were funded by the Australian Government through a Direct Aid Program (DAP) grant.

Phase 4: Released January 2016

These two guides were funded by the Australian Government through a Direct Aid Program (DAP) grant.

Map Guides in Pre-Production

The final two guides are still in the research and fieldwork stage and awaiting the sourcing of funds. If you or your organization are interested in funding either of these guides or learning more about them, please contact stepoutside@pohnpei-adventure.com.

Map Guide Features

Each 18″ x 20″ printed, folding guide contains the following:

  • Precise topographic projections of the terrain with contour lines every 10 meters and shaded relief
  • Highly accurate representations of surrounding lagoon islands, mangrove forests, and coral reefs drawn from recent geo-referenced satellite imagery
  • GPS-verified roads, hiking trails and routes, bike routes, paddling (kayaking, canoeing and SUP) routes, surf breaks, snorkeling and SCUBA diving spots, historical and cultural sites, and major landmarks
  • Detailed inset maps of historical sites, prehistoric ruins, hiking routes, and other featured attractions
  • Precise distance information on all featured roads, hiking trails, bike routes, and paddling routes
  • Percent grade calculations and difficulty ratings for hiking and biking routes
  • Practical notes on road conditions, tides, biking and paddling routes, and more
  • Camping recommendations
  • Suggested launch points for kayaks or canoes
  • Thorough descriptions of all activities and information about fees, obtaining permission to cross private land, and hiring guides
  • Brief summaries of myths and/or history associated with each point of interest


Web Site Features

In addition to what the print guides contain, travelers will be able to visit this web site for supplementary content, including:

  • GPS coordinates for all points of interest and major landmarks at GPS Central
  • Supplementary maps available for free download in PDF format
  • Information on local conservation issues and how you can help to keep Pohnpei’s environment beautiful and healthy
  • Expanded sections on history and mythology
  • Basic travel information and recommendations (hotels, restaurants, shopping, electricity, getting around, staying healthy, nightlife / entertainment, etc.)
  • Practical cultural tidbits
  • Expanded information about all eco-activities— hiking and trekking, sport-climbing and traditional rock climbing, surfing, kiteboarding, paddling, biking, camping, swimming, snorkeling, SCUBA diving, visiting lagoon islands and atolls, special cultural events and experiences, and the prehistoric ruins of Nan Madol
  • Photo galleries

How to Read the Maps

In all our maps, ten-meter contour lines have been combined with shaded relief to provide adventurists with a clear understanding of the island’s terrain, as contour lines alone can sometimes be difficult to “read.” Indexed contour lines occur every 50 meters and are labeled with elevation in meters. Roads, trails, and routes are broken up into logical segments, usually between points of interest. Each segment begins and ends with a red square marker. Distance information refers to the segment between a given pair of markers. Distances are listed both in metric and English measurements–usually kilometers (km) and miles (mi) — when space allows. In the case of inset maps that cover very small areas, distance is measured in meters (m) and yards (yd).

Map Symbols

AccommodationAccommodation A hotel, inn, apartment or other over-night lodgings Paddling RoutePaddling Route A suggested route for kayaking, canoeing, or paddleboarding
AirportAirport An airport or airstrip Picnic SpotPicnic Spot An appropriate location for picnicking, but not necessarily one with any special facilities
AnchorageAnchorage A location where boats are frequently anchored Post OfficePost Office A post office or international courier service
Archaeological Site or RuinArchaeological Site or Ruin An historic or pre-historic site that did not have a direct military purpose, such as walls, house foundations, and other stone structures Restaurant or CafeRestaurant or Cafe A restaurant, cafe, or snackshop
Bar or pubBar or Pub A drinking establishment Restroom / ToiletRestroom / Toilet A public restroom or toilet
Biking RouteBike Route A suggested mountain bike / fat-tire route Sand BeachSand Beach A natural or artificial beach with fine coral sand
BirdingBirding Location A suggested location for watching birds SCUBA Diving SpotSCUBA Diving Spot An established location frequented by SCUBA divers with unique underwater features, conditions, or wildlife
Camping SpotCamping Spot A suggested location for camping without any special facilities Snorkeling SpotSnorkeling Spot A suggested location for snorkeling with above average conditions, optimal depth, and notable features
Computer FacilityComputer Facility A computer facility for the public Sport-Climbing RouteSport-Climbing Route A bolted rock climbing route
Drinking WaterDrinking Water A business that produces and sells purified or filtered drinking water StoreStore A store or shop
Exercise FacilityExercise Facility An exercise facility or gym open to the public Surf BreakSurf Break A known reef-break frequented by surfers
Hiking Trail or RouteHiking Trail or Route A clear, established footpath OR a route used by knowledgeable local guides that does not follow a true path Swimming SpotSwimming Spot A suitable location for swimming with optimal depth and clean conditions
Launch SiteLaunch Site A suitable location for launching a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard Underground SiteUnderground Site A natural cave or man-made cave, tunnel, bunker, dug-out, or other underground feature
Laundry FacilityLaundry Facility A laundromat open to the public WaterfallWaterfall An accessible waterfall
LibraryLibrary A library facility open to the public World War 2 FortificationWorld War II Fortification A Japanese site having a direct military purpose, such as a gun site, bunker, pillbox, rifle pit, or trench system
Marine ReserveMarine Reserve A marine or mangrove location designated as a reserve, sanctuary, or Marine Protected Area (MPA)