Micronesia

The region known as Micronesia covers an area of approximately 2.4 million square miles of the Northern and Central Pacific Ocean, between the Equator and the Tropic of Cancer from Palau (sometimes known as Belau) and Guam in the west, to the Marshall islands in the East. There are 6 Island nations states within the area, the independent States of Belau (Palau) and the Marshall Islands, and the four States of Yap, Chuuk, Kosrae and Phonpei which collectively make up the Federated States of Micronesia. Guam is also in this area but it is an American

territory.

 

Early explorers and traders from Europe passed through in the 18th century, but the most prominent visitors were the Spanish in the 19th century, who discovered the islands during their voyages between their colonies in South America and the Philippines. After Spains defeat in the Spanish-American War in the late 1890's, the Spanish sold Palau and other islands to Germany, who controlled the island for only 15 years. From 1914 and up to the end of the Second World War, the Japanese were a major influence on the region occupying many of the islands, and many japanese workers were brought in to colonise and develop the islands.  At the end of hostilities, the US liberated the islands and the Japanese workers and their families were all repatriated to Japan, so returning the islands to their original native inhabitancy.

 

Today, the island states still have a very close relationship with the USA, and all the states use the US Dollar as their currency.  As a consequence of the American influence, we feel that the Micronesians are less visibly in touch with their cultural history than their Melanesian and Polynesian cousins.

 

The Micronesian island's geography are all very similar, with one main island on which most of the population live, and many other smaller outer islands, most of which are uninhabited and those that are, are often not easily accessible to overseas visitors.  The scenery ranges from white sandy beaches and coves, teeming with marine life, to lush, dense jungles, with an abundance of plant and wildlife.

 

Regrettably, the main town areas are not so attractive,  as they tend to have been developed around the islands seaport.  There has not been much attention paid to building design or quality, with a high usage of concrete and corrugated roofing, though things have improved in recent years, with newer buildings having a more american influence.  There has also been little or no attention paid to controlling building development to ensure that it complements the islands natural beauty.  Sadly as a result of this, there is almost no sign of any historic buildings left.

 

Until recently, the island's tourism industries have not been of a high priority, though this is gradually changing as respective Governments try to move away from accepting foreign aid.  The little tourist facalities that there are is based around scuba diving, as in addition to the oceans many natural offerings, there are a great number of sunken war wrecks to be seen.  This is especially evident in Truk lagoon, in the state of Chuuk, where during an attack on the 16th and 17th of February 1944, American naval aircraft sent 42 Japanese ships to the bottom of the lagoon, where they have become home to an abundance of beautiful corals and colourful exotic fish.

 

Cruises around Micronesia

Currently, there are no locally based cruise companies offering cruse itineraries around the Micronesian Islands.  There are a few major cruise companies operating the large luxury liners, who offer itineraries across and around the Pacific that will visit some of these islands, but they are not frequent or on a regular basis.

 

There are live-aboard dive boats, that provide a cruise base for scuba divers, however, they are not for clients who may just want to cruise and not dive.

 

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Transpacific's recommended hotel selection
Palau Pacific Resort

Palau Pacific Resort

Situated on its own private beautiful white sand beach offering the very best in luxury to be found anywhere in Micronesia.

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Truk Blue Lagoon Resort, Chuuk

Truk Blue Lagoon Resort, Chuuk

Enjoy a view of the lagoon from your balcony or enjoy a refreshing swim in the clear waters of the lagoon.

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Manta Ray Bay, YAP

Manta Ray Bay, YAP

Enjoy a view of the sea from your balcony and some of the best diving in South Pacific.

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 Outrigger, Guam

Outrigger, Guam

At the Outrigger, guam, enjoy a view of the ocean from your balcony and a refreshing swim in the clear waters of Tumon Bay.

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Nautilus Resort, Kosrae

Nautilus Resort, Kosrae

A very friendly and comfortable home for home,

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Marshall Islands Resort-Majuro

Marshall Islands Resort-Majuro

Enjoy a view of the lagoon from your balcony or enjoy a refreshing swim in the clear waters of the lagoon.

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