Pohnpei and Kosrae are high volcanic islands with cloud shrouded peaks, lush rainforests, cascading waterfalls and hidden mountain pools. They are situated far in the eastern portion of Micronesia, an easy stopover for a few nights on the way home from Palau, Truk or Yap. Both islands offer azure seas, pristine, fringing coral reefs, mangroves and sandy beaches, romantic retreats as well as ancient stone cities dating from the 12th century.
Marshall Islands, a string of pearls that rest in two parallel chains, known as Tatak and Ralik (Sunrise and Sunset) lie to the eastern edge of Micronesia. They are made up of more than 1,200 islands in 31 separate atolls scattered across 750,000 square miles of the Pacific Ocean. They total more than half of Micronesian`s islands, but have a total land area of less than 70 square miles or a third the size of Guam.
Classic atoll formations, they are flat, narrow and encircle a central lagoon. The widest of which, Wotje, is less than a mile across, and the highest, Likiep, just 34 feet above sea level. They are the true "Micronesia` (small islands).
These small, low islands were once home to Micronesia`s master canoe builders and navigators. Seamen who navigated by wave patterns, as they couldn`t see the tiny islands from any distance, and taught the secrets of their skills on unique stick charts made of wood and shells.
The Marshall`s are an untamed frontier for both sports fishermen and divers alike. Virtually every one of the 31 atolls that make up the Marshall Islands (and other outer islands that can be visited with advance bookings) offer spectacular game fishing and scuba diving, with action and adventure that most only dream of. On the capital island of Majuro you will find an urban center with several hotels and restaurants. Ebeye is another urban center as well as being considered the success story of the Pacific as it boasts paved streets, reliable power and the first water desalination plant in the Pacific. Now you can also dive the fascinating wrecks at Bikini Atoll, open for visitors the first time in over forty years!