ROAD: Good roads are limited to the major island centres. Bus: There are no local bus systems other than tourist services. However, public transport is widely available in all the Micronesia district centres in the form of sedans, pickups and jeepneys. Taxi: Inexpensive taxis are available throughout Micronesia. Car hire: Each major centre offers rental cars, either through international or local agents. Documentation: A valid national driving licence is required.
AIR: The region's major airline is
Continental Micronesia (CS).
Approximate flight times: Flight durations from London to destinations in the Pacific vary considerably depending on the route taken. The most common route would include a stopover in Los Angeles and Honolulu; eg the flight time from London to Honolulu is 19 hours 30 minutes and from Honolulu to the Marshall Islands 4 hours 30 minutes.
International airports: Saipan (SPN), Guam (GUM) and Koror Babeldaob (ROR) when entering from the north and west, Pohnpei (PNI) from the south and Majuro (MAJ) from the south and east.
Regional airlines: Scheduled inter-island travel, charters and sightseeing are offered by several local airlines. There is excellent provision for travelling from Guam and Majuro to the various islands.
Flights between the islands tend to be rarer. Airlines include:
Air Marshall Islands (CW): This government-owned airline runs charters, sightseeing tours and point-to-point flights between Majuro and other islands in the Marshalls; also international flights to Honolulu, Fiji, Kiribati and Tuvalu.
Continental Micronesia (CS): Operates between islands in all four groups, and to Hawaii, Guam, the Philippines, Australia, Papua New Guinea, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan. Several smaller airlines fly to Guam.
SEA: The major ports are Pohnpei, Majuro, Saipan, Tuik, Yap and Koror. The following cargo/passenger lines serve the islands: Nauru Pacific, Royal Shipping Co, Daiwa
Navigation Co, Oceania Line Inc, P&O, Saipan Shipping Co and Tiger Line.
There are numerous boats for touring, ranging from small speed boats to large glass-bottomed boats for fishing, sightseeing, sunset cruising, scuba diving and
short-distance travel. A ferry provides service between Saipan and Tinian. Inter-island vessels provide limited and irregular service between Saipan and the smaller islands.
Requests for reservations should be directed to the Office of the Government of the following: Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas; Office of Transportation in
Majuro, Marshall Islands; Koror, Palau; Kolonia, Pohnpei; Moen, Chuuk and Colonia, Yap. Cabin space is limited, and passengers may be required to sleep on deck (bring
own mat). The field trip ships are leased by the governments to private firms, and rates are subject to change.
Cruise lines: Princess, Royal Viking and Norwegian American currently offer cruises to the islands.
AIR: Continental Micronesia (CS) flights link the major islands with Guam, Tokyo, Manila and Honolulu. Air Nauru provides services twice a week from Kosrae, Pohnpei, Chuuk and Guam. Flights also run daily between Pohnpei and Kosrae on Pacific Missionary Aviation aircraft.
International airport: Pohnpei (PNI) is 5km (3 miles) from Kolonia.
Departure tax: US$5 for domestic and international departures.
SEA: International ports are Pohnpei, Chuuk and Yap. Nauru Pacific Shipping Lines provide passenger sailings from Honolulu to Pohnpei and Chuuk. Inter-island trading
ships based in Pohnpei, Yap and Chuuk visit the outlying islands.
ROAD: There are good roads in and around major island centres. Bus: No service. Taxi: Available throughout the Federated States and inexpensive. Car hire: Self-drive cars are available in major towns. Documentation: National driving licence or International Driving Permit required.
MS Sun Dancer II, Schöner Tauchen, Peter Hughes, Hideaway Holidays
Die Einheimischen von Palau sind überzeugt, dass ihre märchenhafte Inselwelt am Ende des Regenbogens liegen muss. Palau liegt rund 1000 Kilometer östlich der Philippinen, dort wo der Marianengraben eine Tiefe von 7000 Meter aufweist. Die Rock Islands, wie die grünen Felsen vulkanischen Ursprungs heissen, die sich die Pilze aus dem Meer erheben, gehören zu den interessantesten Naturformen von Palau. Die 370 Felsformationen erstrecken sich von der Hauptinsel Korror bis hinunter nach Anaur im Süden. Die Rock Islands bieten auf vielen Tauchgängen die Möglichkeit, Grossfische zu treffen.
Palau's famed "Rock Islands" are a collection of rounded, foliage-covered isles which seem to float above the surface of the water. A boat trip through them will reveal a number of magnificent white sand beach hideaways perfect for a secluded picnic or adventurous overnight stay. Below the water's surface, divers and snorkelers are treated to a diverse technicolor paradise of fabulous drop-offs, blue holes , breathtaking reefs, crystal caves and World War II wrecks.
Palau offers an enormous number of diversified diving experiences not duplicated anywhere else in the world. There are over 100 different dive sites in and around the 90 mile coral lagoon and adjacent islands. Palau was named the Number One Underwater Wonder of the World by CEDAM -- a group of marine scientists and conservationists. Over 1300 types of fish inhabit the region, including manta rays, barracuda, sharks and giant clams. The world famous Rock Islands are a divers "must" with magnificent wall diving at such legendary sites as Blue Corner, Ngmelis Drop-off, Blue Hole and Peleliu Corner. Because of the clarity of the waters, snorkeling is excellent in or near almost all of the famous dive sites of Palau.
Carp Island Resort, located on Ngercheu Island, sanctuary to frigate birds, white
egrets and a variety of additional bird life, near the fabulous Ngemelis Dropoff, offers
panoramic views of the Rock Islands. White sand beaches, littered with seashells, lure sunbathers. Daily transfers, a one hour boat ride from the city of Koror, depart
the island at 8:00am and return at 4:00pm.
Comfortable accomodation ranges from individual bungalows, duplex seaside cottages and the divehouse, dormitory style for the budget conscious traveler or diver. The
island restaurant offers a variety of choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Seafood specials must be requested 24 hours in advance.
Coral reefs teeming with brilliant marine life furnish world class diving for every level of certification, and snorkelers, alike. Certification courses are available at the dive
center. Sports fishing excursions, bottom, casting and trawling, are available.
Discover Palau with Sam's Dive Tours! Whether you are a novice or experienced diver,
let Sam's Dive Tours personalized service ensure your safety and satisfaction. Sam's Dive
Tours, an affiliated PADI resort, limits the number of divers per boat to eight, well
below the limits of other tour operators. This allows you the chance to see
less bubbles and fins, and more coral and fish. Along with trips to award-winning sites like Blue Corner, Blue Holes and Big Drop Off, discover exciting sites such as Devilfish City, Ulong Channel, Peleliu, and a wide variety of spectacular wreck dives. Sam's original Land Tours by boat feature an array of exciting excursions to Palau's beautiful Rock Islands and lush waterfalls, historic World War II relics and monuments as well as ancient Yapese stone money and indigenous stone faces and monoliths. ECO kayak tours with our marine biologist can be arranged upon request.
Traditionally, Yap has been renowned for its stone money, carved from the Rock Islands of Palau and transported over 300 miles of open ocean in sailing canoes. These disks are still in use today. Today, diving has overtaken stone money as the islands most popular attraction. Every day the combination of plankton, tide and current sets the stage for an undersea ballet featuring some of the oceans largest creatures. Manta Rays, some weighing more than a ton with wingspans of 14 feet or more, piroutte through Yaps clear Pacific waters. Theres more to Yap diving than Mantas. Off colorful vertical walls, tropical fish, moray eels, turtles, sharks, lionfish and more parade through ridges past numerous Manta ray cleaning stations. Yap Divers, a 5 star PADI facility has a modern fleet of 21-38 feet radio equipped, fast, covered dive boats to take you on drift dives, wall dives, cavern dives, night dives and of course, Manta dives.
The Manta Ray Bay Hotel is a dedicated dive resort,
designed by divers, built for divers. It's 23 rooms offer air conditioning, satellite TV,
mini-bars, and VCR's. The Manta Ray Bay Bar and Grill features a variety of cuisine
prepared by our Chef, Bill Munn. Manta Ray Bay has been called "The Best Little Dive
Hotel in the Pacific".
The Manta Ray Bay Hotel was built with divers in mind. All of the dive facilities and equipment storage are conveniently located within steps of the Hotel. The third floor houses the Manta Ray Bar and Grill, the Island's finest restaurant with a great view of the lagoon. The Nautical Weaver Bar on the back deck is a relaxing way to spend an evening after a day of exciting diving.
Yap Divers, located on the premises of the Manta Ray Bay Hotel, offers a full service dive shop, all levels of instruction, Scubapro equipment rental, morning and afternoon two tank dives to either the Manta sites or the reefs, and night dives on request.
The Pathways Hotel combines modern tourism with preservation of the enviroment and the
local culture of Yap. Traditionally built thatched cottages provide comfortable
accomodation while featuring air-conditioning, ceiling fans, refrigerator, 24 hour water,
private bath and balcony.
Dive packages are available and the hotel can arrange land tours, excursions to local villages and colorful dance ceremonies. While the modern facilities are designed to make you feel totally at home, the Yapese hospitality and service make you never want to leave this charming destination.
Liebhaber von Wracks ist Truk eine der weltbesten Tauchplätze. Seit dem Zweiten Weltkrieg
liegen hier über 60 Wracks von Kriegsschiffen und Flugzeugen der japanischen Flotte.
Während des Zweiten Weltkrieg war die 2000 Quadratkilometer grosse Lagune einer der
wichtigsten Häfen der Japanischen Marine. Diese Wracks sind bunt bewachsen und heute
unter Naturschutz gestellt. Dieser Inselstaat liegt rund 1000 Kilometer süd-östlich von
Guam und umfasst über 290 Inseln in 14 Atollen. Chuuk (formerly known as Truk) lagoon is
another of Micronesia's incredible undersea phenomena. The giant lagoon is almost 40 miles
in diameter and reaches depths of 300 feet. Aside from the sheer beauty of the undersea
coral reef beneath the clear water, the bottom of Chuuk lagoon is the final tomb for more
than 100 ships, planes and submarines--the legacy of a fierce World War II battle between
the Japanese Imperial Fleet and Allied carrier attack planes. For the past 50 years these
wrecks have rested on the bottom virtually undisturbed, creating the greatest underwater
museum in the world.
The warm tropical water, prolific marine life and ocean currents have transformed the wrecks into breathtakingly beautiful coral gardens and artificial reefs, home to hundreds of exotic marine animals and fish. Today, Chuuk lagoon is a mecca to the world's sport divers, underwater photographers and marine scientists.
To the diving enthusiast, Chuuk offers unquestionably the finest wreck diving experience available. It is a rare opportunity to find so many ship wrecks so close together and so completely intact. Chuuk also grows better with time and exploration. With each year of submersion the wrecks become more gilded in a lacework of brilliantly colored soft coral, sponges, anemones and sea fans. This dense marine life, in turn, attracts great schools of jacks, tuna, grouper and other creatures of the deep.
The S.S. Thorfinn is superbly equipped to serve as your ideal base for your dive
adventures in Truk Lagoon, or on a Pan Micronesia "Voyage of Discovery". At 170
feet in length, and a displacement of 1,100 tons, you are assured of stable, deep comfort
whether diving in Truk or cruising the fantastically beautiful outer islands of
The S.S. Thorfinn offers 11 spacious air-conditioned staterooms with a total capacity for 22 guests. All of the staterooms feature full vanities, in-room televisions, video cassette players, indirect lighting, full length closets, new carpeting and modern decor. Eight staterooms located on "D" & "E" decks have double or queen-size beds with an additional berth alongside. Private facilities with shower and toilet are fitted in each of these rooms. Three additional rooms on "C" deck are bright and spacious with adjacent semi-private showers and toilets.
A large open air spa deck is located aft of the main guest lounge on "C" deck. Our custom designed hot tub comfortably seats 10 divers, affording them an opportunity to unwind and relax after a dive and enjoy cool drinks under tropical skies. Ample seating space surrounds the spa for pleasant interfacing with other guests.
Under the experienced leadership of Captain Lance Higgs and his Trukese wife Narinta, our experienced Micronesian crew of 21 is dedicated to serve your every need. Our crew to guest ratio of 1:1 is the highest in the Pacific, assuring you a truly pampered visit.
Blue Lagoon Resort, formerly the Truk Continental Hotel, is
set in lush tropical gardens on a point of Weno Island with breathtaking views across one
of the largest coral
enclosed lagoons in the world.
With its long, narrow, flowing design and shrouded in a garden of tall coconut palms, the hotel blends comfortably into the island's landscape. The 56 air-conditioned
rooms have individual balconies from where the views of Truk Lagoon, outer islands, sunrises and sunsets are magnificent.
The Blue Lagoon Resort has a cosy bar and the restaurant offers excellent cuisine of fresh seafood and tempting Pacific and Asian delicacies. The friendly, attentive service by islanders is a natural part of Micronesian hospitality.
Customized dive services for all levels of expertise: computer diving, unsupervised
buddy diving, wreck and reef diving available. Known throughout the dive industry as
Micronesia's leader in enviromental protection and historic preservation, Micronesia
Aquatics has served divers for more than 20 years.
Micronesia Aquatics, operated by Clark and Chineina Graham on southern Moen Island and adjacent to Chuuk's largest hotel, is a complete aquatics sports facility. Chineina was the first Micronesian woman to dive the wrecks. Clark, a certified instructor, has lived and worked in Micronesia for many years.
The staff of Micronesia Aquatics is well trained and highly qualified with resumes including divemaster and water safety training, years of ocean experience and thousands of dives on the sunken ships of Truk Lagoon. Guides are knowledgeable, courteous and have a sincere desire to share their islands, ocean and culture with
This owner-operated hotel is located on the waterfront and less than one mile from the
International Airport. Situated just on the outskirts of town, guests are within easy
walking distance of major shops, stores and dive facilities.
The Truk Stop Hotel features 23 guestrooms: 13 standard rooms, 6 deluxe oceanfront rooms, 2 executive suites, and 2 presidential suites.
Tastefully decorated accommodation offer all the comforts of home, amenities include: feature split-type air conditioning, overhead ceiling fan, private bathroom,
refrigerator, telephone, and color TV hooked on island cable which features live CNN and ESPN International. Additional services offered are car and moped rental, land
tours, dive tours, fax and copy service, safety deposit box, restaurant and bar, 24 hour electricity and water.
These 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. Both offer azure seas, pristine, fringing coral reefs, mangroves and sandy beaches as well as ancient stone cities dating from the 12th century.
Better known as Christmas Island, the Republic of Kiribati lies 1300 miles south of Hawaii and is part of the Line Island Group. Previously one of the Gilbert Islands, Kiribati (pronounced kirabas) is reached from Honolulu by Air Marshall Island charter with just one flight per week. This idyllic tropical paradise on the largest coral atoll in the western Pacific is surrounded by virgin reefs teeming with marine life comparable to the best found anywhere in Micronesia. You must have a visa to enter Kiribati.
Just 30 miles long and less than 9 miles wide, Guam is the largest of Micronesia's
islands. Guam is also America's gateway to the West Pacific and Asia, and is a booming
international resort destination.
Guam's dramatic coastline and white sand beaches are ringed by coral reefs and clear, crystalline waters teeming with exotic marine life and blessed by a balmy tropical climate and gentle trade winds.
Guam's natural beauty, the luxurious high-rise hotel and resort complexes that dominate the beach front at Tumon and Agana, the surrounding restaurants, malls, golf courses, water sports and entertainment facilities combine to create a perfect playground for visitors.
Diving & Snorkeling
Three hundred varieties of coral make Guam a diver's delight. Whales, dolphins, mantas and skip jacks are just some of the sea life seen offshore. Popular wreck dives include a World War II Japanese "Zero", a U.S. tanker and a World War I German cruiser. The waters at Asan Beach contain several pieces of submerged military equipment embedded in the colorful coral reefs.
Snorkeling is an absolute must to discover the multitude of exotic coral and marine life to be found alongside ocean treasures of incomparable beauty that line the reef.
Guam Tropical Dive Station is a PADI 5 Star IDC facility. Their professional staff of
instructors conduct classes in everything from beginning open water to instructor
development, and all specialties.
The Sea Spinner and Sea Explorer, depart daily to the best dive sites around the island. In addition to boat dives, Guam Tropical Dive Station's divemasters conduct FREE beach dives on the weekends. The divemasters will take you to unusual and exciting dive sites around the entire island.
Guam Tropical Dive Station will be happy to arrange your off island dive trips to any of Guam's neighboring islands, or anywhere else you want to go. GTDS sells and rents only the latest and best in dive equipment from such international dealers as Sherwood, Oceanic, Mares, Apollo, Underwater Kinetics, Ikelite, etc. Guam Tropical Dive Station has a full service and parts department to repair and maintain your equipment.
Situated on the sands of beautiful Agat Bay, the Inn on the Bay is within walking
distance of restaurants, grocery stores, shops, historical sites and parks, it is
secluded from the hustle of downtown Agana, and yet only 15 minutes away.
Our 70 air-conditioned rooms include your choice of studios, one and two bedroom suites. All are distinctly furnished and each has a delightful view of the Philippine Sea. Features include: kitchenette in every room, private balconies, daily maid service, valet dry cleaning, cable TV, video player rentals, coin operated laundromat and vending machines, long distance direct dialing from all rooms, fax service, room for those with disabilities, picnic tables, beach barbecue grills, Chamorro hut, shuttle bus service, tours by arrangement, and a playground for the children.
Pohnpei offers possibly the most diverse scenery among the islands of Micronesia and is
considered by many to be the most beautiful. There are rushing rivers and tranquil fresh
water pools as well as some of the most spectacular waterfalls in Micronesia--due to the
large amount of rainfall. The tropical forest which covers the island teems with more than
40 species of birds, reptiles and even deer. Of special interest is the ancient
"city" of Nan Madol. Said to be over 700 years old, this Venice-like community
complete with canals, stone towers and bridges, offers a fascinating tour of Micronesia's
most famous ruins.
Diving & Snorkeling
The many reefs of Pohnpei give the diver an opportunity to see a variety of sea life -- fish, turtles and manta rays. Pohnpei displays some of the most beautiful coral formations in the world, including the exotic black coral. Hotels can arrange introductions to dive operators.
Papua Neuguinea liegt südlich des Äquators, ca. 150 km nördlich von Australien. PNG,
wie die Einwohner von Papua Neuguinea ihr Land nennen, besteht aus dem Festland sowie aus
einer Vielzahl von Inseln unterschiedlicher Grösse. Mit seinen 461000 km2 ist die Insel
Neuguinea die grösste Insel des Südpazifiks. Papua Neuguinea ist ein Land der
Gegensätze. Die 1000 Stämme sprechen ca. 700 verschiedene Sprachen. Mehr als ein Drittel
der Bevölkerung lebt in den Bergen, zum Teil weitab der Zivilisation. Erloschene Vulkane
und üppige Regenwälder machen die Insel zu einem tropischen Paradies.
Die Tauchgründe lassen keine Wünsche offen. Typisch für Papua Neuguinea ist, dass sehr tiefes Wasser ganz nah an die Küsten reicht. Nur wenige Meter von den Stränden entfernt, fallen vertikale Riffwände 1000 Meter oder mehr in die Tiefe. Diese Steilwände findet man auf der gesamten Nordküste der Hauptinsel Papua Neu Guineas, an der Südwestküste von New Irland und Kavieng sowie an den dEntre-Costeaux-Inseln und am «des Louisiade-Archipel». Hunderte von Wracks, vorwiegend aus dem Zweiten Weltkrieg, sind über und unter Wasser im ganzen Gebiet verteilt. Flugzeuge, Schiffe und U-Boote, viele in sehr gutem Zustand, sind zu künstlichen Riffen geworden. Rabaul, aber auch Madang, haben diesbezüglich einiges zu bieten.
Die Korallenwelt ist absolut intakt und äusserst filigran. Weichkorallen, Gorgonien und Schwämme sind in grosser Vielfalt anzutreffen. Obwohl Fische nicht in erwähnenswert grossen Mengen anzutreffen sind, überraschen doch täglich ihre Vielfalt und Buntheit. Besondere, zum Teil seltene Arten sind täglich zu finden. Grossfische kommen vereinzelt vor, an mehreren Tauchplätzen trifft man auf grosse, stationäre Schulen von Makrelen und Barrakudas.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA