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Micronesia is the northwestern region of Oceania and is home to many tropical and subtropical Pacific Ocean islands.

Countries and territories


  • 1 Hagåtña
  • 2 Kolonia
  • 3 Koror
  • 4 Majuro
  • 5 Melekeok
  • 6 Tarawa

Other destinations

  • 1 Nan Madol — a ruined city, sometimes called the Venice of the Pacific
  • 2 War in the Pacific National Historical Park — some of the best preserved WWII sights in the Pacific can be found here


Micronesia is a vast area that mainly consists of water. Transport can be a major issue because of the lack of an organized highway or byway, found in larger and more vast countries. Due to the lack of space on the islands, most activities are nautical, scuba diving etc.


English is an official language of all countries and territories here. Indigenous languages such as Chamorro, Palauan and Marshallese are also official in their respective countries and territories.

Get in

Palau and Guam have the best connections from outside Micronesia. The US territories, insomuch that civilians are allowed to enter, are connected to the US. As the airports often aren't large enough to accommodate large airplanes, expect flights to be of the island-to-island type which often means several landings and takeoffs before you're at your destination.

Get around


There are only three world heritage sites in Micronesia:

  • The Bikini Atoll Nuclear Test Site, Ralik, Marshall Islands
  • The Rock Islands outside Koror, Palau
  • The site of Nan Madol outside Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia




Stay safe

By using general common sense, most tourists and travelers will not have any difficulty around the islands.


Micronesia does not host many foreign embassies.

Go next

There are regular flights from some of the islands to East and Southeast Asia.

  • Australia
  • Fiji
  • Hawaii

Micronesia and Palau (Other Places Travel Guide)

Ben Cook

Micronesia and Palau have long been known to diving enthusiasts for some of the most intriguing and spectacular dive spots on earth. Yet as the reputation of these islands spread, more travelers are looking to escape the modern Western world and become transported to a calmer, slower pace of life. The writers of this guide all lived, worked and played on the islands which they write about. First-hand knowledge, cultural insight, and personal recommendations allow visitors to feel like locals while enjoying the indisputable beauty of these islands and people. - Learn the history and culture of the islands from writers who have each spent years living with local residents.

- Explore off-the-beaten-track locales relatively unknown to foreign visitors.

- Navigate on the islands and among islands, enjoying the best of Micronesia and Palau.

- Dive, surf, snorkel, and swim in some of the most stunning marine environments in the world.

- Choose the best places to eat, sleep, shop, and visit based on reviews of all the major islands.

On Your Mark, Get Set...: Tourism's Take-Off in Micronesia

Sj Francis X Hezel

When Continental Air Micronesia inaugurated regular jet air service to the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands in the late 1960s, it created new links between the Islands and both the US mainland and East Asia. The new flight service opened commercial possibilities for islands then struggling with an uncertain political and economic future. Tourism was at best a distant hope as an engine for economic growth. Chuuk, Marshall Islands, Northern Marianas, Palau, Pohnpei, and Yap all began promoting tourism at the same time, with roughly comparable infrastructure and a total of 238 hotel rooms among them. In 1970, Continental built three new 50-room hotels in Chuuk, Palau, and the Northern Marianas and began vigorously promoting the islands as a Pacific paradise getaway destination. What happened over subsequent decades in these three island groups is the subject of the study. Policymakers elsewhere in the Pacific may reasonably look to tourism as a catalyst for national economic development, but what these case studies suggest is that they should not assume all Pacific states can successfully summon a tourist industry at will. Moreover, since tourism is a highly mobile and competitive economic activity, the gains made in nurturing an emerging tourism industry can fluctuate almost overnight due to global forces well beyond the control of island governments or investors.

Travel Hack Your Way Through Federated States of Micronesia: Fly Free, Get Best Room Prices, Save on Auto Rentals & Get The Most Out of Your Stay

Tim Westin

In clear, easy-to-grasp language, the author covers many of the topics that you will need to know in order to travel hack your way through Federated States of Micronesia.

Micronesian Blues

Bryan Vila

His plane nearly crashed, the cops he'd been hired to train almost killed him, and he ingested a substance that bore a close resemblance to elephant snot -- all during his first two days on the job. Micronesian Blues tells the true story of former L.A. street cop Bryan Vila's hilarious road to cross-cultural enlightenment as a police chief in the far Pacific islands of Micronesia. Through lively narrative laced with wry humor, it chronicles his adventures and misadventures on Saipan, Ponape (now Pohnpei), Truk (now Chuuk), Palau, Yap, Kosrae, and Kwajalein. Trial and error was the name of the game in this dubious paradise, where Bryan had to learn the rules -- or make them up -- as he went. Yet he embraced island life, succeeded in his new role, and ultimately found himself profoundly changed by his experiences in Micronesia and the lessons he learned there.Authors' Note: A previous version of this book, titled Micronesian Blues: The Adventures of an American Cop in Paradise, was published by Paladin Press in 2009.

Micronesia Coral Reef Creatures Guide Franko Maps Laminated Fish Card 4" x 6"

Franko Maps Ltd.

A colorful guide with beautiful illustrations that will help you identify more than 100 species of coral reef creatures found in the waters of Magnificent Micronesia. Great for snorkelers, divers and nature lovers! This handy, waterproof reference is made of rigid, laminated plastic with hole for lanyard. 4" x 6".

Nowhere Slow: Eleven Years in Micronesia

Jonathan Gourlay

The Bygone Bureau presents Nowhere Slow: Eleven Years in Micronesia, Jonathan Gourlay's memoir of cultural confusion, hilarity and tragedy, and a decade of soul-searching.In 1997, Jonathan Gourlay travels to the island of Pohnpei, in the western Pacific Ocean, to teach English at the College of Micronesia. He is a stranger in a strange land, unfamiliar with the language, the intricacies of Pohnpeian social life, and most of all, the mildly psychotropic drink sakau. But the society that he blunders into eventually becomes his adopted home for the next eleven years. Along the way, Gourlay endures plenty of minor embarrassments and one major heartbreak: his whirlwind marriage to a Pohnpeian woman comes apart and ends in tragedy, leaving him to pick up the pieces of his life and to raise his daughter alone. The Bygone Bureau (www.bygonebureau.com) is an online arts and culture magazine, winner of Best New Blog at the SXSW Interactive Web Awards in 2009.

Atlas of Micronesia

Bruce G. Karolle

Expanded edition of a reference to the natural, manmade, and human resources of the archipelagic areas of the Mariana, Caroline, and Marshall Islands. Includes text, maps, charts, data tables, and illustrations nothing fancy, b&w throughout. Published by Bess Press, PO Box 22388, Honolulu, HI 98622.

Micronesia (Moon Micronesia)

Neil M. Levy

Covering four great archipelagoes - the Marshalls, Gilberts, Carolines and Marianas - this handbook provides an in-depth look at the history, culture, politics and social issues of Micronesia, as well as useful travel information.'

Lonely Planet Micronesia

Kate Galbraith

The fourth edition of Micronesia provides information on the whole of the region including Kiribati and Nauru. It also includes information on local customs, culture, arts and languages and tips on the best diving & snorkelling spots.

Lonely Planet South Pacific & Micronesia (Multi Country Guide)

Geert Cole

Embrace the tyranny of distance. Be it Tuvalu, Tokelau, Tonga, Tutuila or the Tuamotus, our authors have braved paradise to give you the lowdown on island exploration. Get lost among the thousands of beautiful islands in the Earth’s largest ocean. Hike to active volcanoes, lush forests and crashing waterfalls. Use this guide to reveal the Pacific’s myriad cultures, landscapes and activities. Island hop, or just drop out…Take The Plunge – discover delicate reefs, deep lagoons, pristine atolls, shipwrecks and jellyfish lakes with our expert in-depth diving sectionStuff Your Face – our new Food & Drink chapter unlocks the culinary style of each island nationUnrivalled Coverage – no other guide takes you to every bit of the Pacific’s ‘big backyard’Luxury Or Budget – paradise to suit your pocket, from basic beach huts to radically lush resorts

Exercise normal security precautions

The decision to travel is your responsibility. You are also responsible for your personal safety abroad. The purpose of this Travel Advice is to provide up-to-date information to enable you to make well-informed decisions.


Petty crime occurs, particularly house break-ins. Ensure that doors are locked while you are away, and that your personal belongings, passports and other travel documents are secure at all times.

Women’s safety

Women should avoid walking or jogging alone at night or in the early morning. Consult our publication entitled Her Own Way: A Woman’s Safe-Travel Guide for travel safety information specifically aimed at Canadian women.


Most roads are in poor condition. Roads outside towns are often unpaved. Street lights are rare. Many drivers do not follow safe driving practices.

There is a public bus system on the island of Yap and rental cars are available. Shared taxis are available; however, most cars are poorly maintained, and services on the weekend and in the evening can be sporadic and unreliable. Travel between islands is done by boat.

Consult our Transportation Safety page in order to verify if national airlines meet safety standards.

General safety information

You are encouraged to register with the Embassy of Australia in Pohnpei in order to receive the latest information on situations and events that could affect your safety.

Tourist facilities and services are limited.

Exercise caution when swimming offshore due to dangerous currents.


Related Travel Health Notices
Consult a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic preferably six weeks before you travel.

Routine Vaccines

Be sure that your routine vaccines are up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.

Vaccines to Consider

You may be at risk for these vaccine-preventable diseases while travelling in this country. Talk to your travel health provider about which ones are right for you.

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a disease of the liver spread by contaminated food or water. All those travelling to regions with a risk of hepatitis A infection should get vaccinated.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver spread through blood or other bodily fluids. Travellers who may be exposed (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment or occupational exposure) should get vaccinated.


Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person when they cough or sneeze or through personal contact with unwashed hands. Get the flu shot.


Measles occurs worldwide but is a common disease in developing countries, particularly in parts of Africa and Asia. Measles is a highly contagious disease. Be sure your vaccination against measles is up-to-date regardless of the travel destination.

Yellow Fever Vaccination

Yellow fever is a disease caused by the bite of an infected mosquito.

Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.

* It is important to note that country entry requirements may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.
  • There is no risk of yellow fever in this country.
Country Entry Requirement*
  • Proof of vaccination is not required to enter this country.
  • Vaccination is not recommended.

Food and Water-borne Diseases

Travellers to any destination in the world can develop travellers' diarrhea from consuming contaminated water or food.

In some areas in the Oceanic Pacific Islands, food and water can also carry diseases like hepatitis A. Practise safe food and water precautions while travelling in the Oceanic Pacific Islands. Remember: Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!

Travellers' diarrhea
  • Travellers' diarrhea is the most common illness affecting travellers. It is spread from eating or drinking contaminated food or water.
  • Risk of developing travellers’ diarrhea increases when travelling in regions with poor sanitation. Practise safe food and water precautions.
  • The most important treatment for travellers' diarrhea is rehydration (drinking lots of fluids). Carry oral rehydration salts when travelling.


Insects and Illness

In some areas in the Oceanic Pacific Islands, certain insects carry and spread diseases like chikungunya, dengue fever, Japanese encephalitis, lymphatic filariasis and malaria.

Travellers are advised to take precautions against bites.

Dengue fever
  • Dengue fever occurs in this country. Dengue fever is a viral disease that can cause severe flu-like symptoms. In some cases it leads to dengue haemorrhagic fever, which can be fatal.  
  • Mosquitoes carrying dengue bite during the daytime. They breed in standing water and are often found in urban areas.
  • Protect yourself from mosquito bites. There is no vaccine available for dengue fever.



There is no risk of malaria in this country.


Animals and Illness

Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, monkeys, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats. Certain infections found in the Oceanic Pacific Islands, like rabies, can be shared between humans and animals.


Person-to-Person Infections

Crowded conditions can increase your risk of certain illnesses. Remember to wash your hands often and practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette to avoid colds, the flu and other illnesses.

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV are spread through blood and bodily fluids; practise safer sex.


Tuberculosis is an infection caused by bacteria and usually affects the lungs.

For most travellers the risk of tuberculosis is low.

Travellers who may be at high risk while travelling in regions with risk of tuberculosis should discuss pre- and post-travel options with a health care provider.

High-risk travellers include those visiting or working in prisons, refugee camps, homeless shelters, or hospitals, or travellers visiting friends and relatives.

Medical services and facilities

Medical services and facilities

Medical facilities are adequate for routine services. All public medical services are provided from the local hospital. There are few medical clinics. Services are limited and should be used only in an emergency. Specialist services are extremely limited. In the event of a major accident or illness, medical evacuation is often necessary. Medical transport is very expensive and payment up front is often required. Decompression chambers are available in Yap and Chuuk.

Keep in Mind...

The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.

Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a travel health kit, especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.

You are subject to local laws. Consult our Arrest and Detention page for more information.


Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are strict.

Homosexual activity is illegal.

An International Driving Permit is recommended.


The currency is the U.S. dollar (USD). Major credit cards are accepted at most hotels and tourist facilities. There are few automated banking machines. U.S. dollar traveller’s cheques can be exchanged at branches of the Bank of the Federated States of Micronesia.


The rainy (or monsoon) and typhoon seasons in the South Pacific are from November to April. Severe rainstorms can cause flooding and landslides, resulting in significant loss of life and extensive damage to infrastructure, and hampering the provision of essential services. Disruptions to air services and to water and power supplies may also occur. Keep informed of regional weather forecasts, avoid disaster areas and follow the advice of local authorities.

During a typhoon or monsoon, hotel guests may be required to leave accommodations near the shore and move to safety centres inland. Travel to and from outer islands may be disrupted for some days.

Consult our Typhoons and monsoons page for more information.

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