Micronesia Oceania Region

Micronesia

Micronesia, meaning small islands, is a sub region of Oceania located in the Western Pacific Ocean that comprised of thousands of little islands. Since it’s also located between many other islands and archipelagos, the culture of Micronesia is composed of mostly Melanesian, Filipino and Polynesian influences. Consists of a slands are located several exotic volcanoes which are covered with lush, primeval forest.

Special Attraction

Nan Madol : Federated States of Micronesia, Pohnpei. Unique archaeological monument in this part of the world – ruins of prehistoric city. Consists of nearly 100 artificial islets with massive stone walls, with the largest stones weighing up to 50 tons. A capital of Saudeleur dynasty. The megalithic structures were built in 12th – 13th century and inhabited until the early 14th century.
Jellyfish Lake :Palau, Eil Malk in Rock Islands. Unique, 5.0 ha large marine lake, has underground connection to the sea. Stratified in two layers which do not mix. Isolated from the sea 12,000 years and contains a distinct population of two species of jellyfish - endemic Mastigias cf. papua etpisoni and most likely endemic Aurelia sp. Millions of these jellyfishes make strict daily migration around the lake. Four more marine lakes with jellyfish in the nearby islands but Jellyfish Lake is the only one open to tourists. Number of jellyfish has reached up to 31 millions (January 2005), currently circa 5 millions.
Sawarlap and Sawartik Falls : Federated States of Micronesia, Pohnpei. Two beautiful, tall waterfalls located close to each other.
Lelu ruins (Leluh) : Federated States of Micronesia, Kosrae. The former capital of Kosrae, developed circa 1400 AD and inhabited until the coming of Europeans in 19th century, when some 1,500 people lived in the city. This large island city now has ruins of more than 100 walled enclosures made of stone, royal burial compounds and shrines.
Pohndollap:Sokehs Mountain or Pohndollap, which means “on the big hill,” is a long, mostly flat-topped ridge running north-south along the length of Sokehs Island with a knoll-like summit near the middle. The mountain was a refuge for the insurgents of the Sokehs Rebellion and later a key location in the Japanese defense of Pohnpei during World War II. The mountain’s attractions are almost exclusively war-related.


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