The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) is made up of four
states from West to East: Yap, Chuuk (previously known as Truk),
Pohnpei and Kosrae. Theses states make up approximately 607 islands
(only 65 are inhabited) spread over 2,500km just north of the
equator in the Western Pacific. The land area of the FSM is only
about 270 square miles however it occupies more than one million
square miles of the Pacific Ocean with numerous atolls and in fact,
venturing beneath the waves is what makes a visit to these islands
When it comes to the diving in Micronesia, it is hard to believe
the variety on offer. How about the best wreck
diving in the world at Chuuk Lagoon? Over 70 wrecks lie in
the shallow waters of the lagoon, historically fascinating, at
times harrowing and overflowing with coral and fish life. Or
Yap which has a resident population of
rays, and for 10 months of the year they are absolutely
guaranteed. And then there is Kosrae with virtually untouched reefs
coral - more than 150 species of coral and 250 species of fish.
These waters really do have it all.
Each of the four states have their own culture and adventures
which are worth experiencing if you can tear yourself away from the
diving. Highlights include the old stone money banks in Yap or
canoeing through ancient mangrove forests.
We know it's a long way to get there but we think this is
actually a good thing: not another diver in sight in such
fascinating waters. This is rare to come by. So the message is
simply, go diving in Micronesia, before it changes!