Cheap Flights to Micronesia
Flights to Micronesia
The Federated States of Micronesia is a sub-region and country found in Oceania, comprised of hundreds of small islands in the Western Pacific Ocean. It has a shared cultural history with two other island regions, Polynesia and Melanesia, occupying the country's east and south sides respectively. The country is an independent sovereign island nation and a United States Associated State divided in four states namely Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei, and Kosrae, which are spread across the Western Pacific, along with some 607 islands with a combined land area of 702 square kilometres. Lying northeast of New Guinea, south of Guam and the Marianas, west of Nauru and the Marshall Islands, east of Palau and the Philippines, and a stone's throw away from Australia, the country is dominated by Chuukese, and was a former member of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, a United Nations Trust Territory under US administration.
While the states' total land area is quite small, it occupies more than 2.6 million square kilometres of the Pacific Ocean. Its capital Palikir is located on Pohnpei Island, while the largest city is Weno, found in the Chuuk Atoll.
What to see & do
Kosrae – Dubbed as the “Sleeping Lady”, Kosrae is one of Micronesia's least spoiled and developed areas – a space rich with natural beauty. The island's residents are generally hospitable and positive that they will consistently return smiles when you flash one to them, and that the locals are very much curious about newcomers as they step down the plane. Tropical greenery, flowering hibiscus, and fruits are scattered around the area – filling the air with a rich and potent aroma that is enticingly sweet and worth remembering. Check on the diving and surfing sites in the area, and don't forget to catch the ruins of Lelu, Kosrae's ancient stone city.
Pohnpei – Lush and fruitful vegetation, adventurous hillsides, and the iconic hibiscus best describe Pohnpei, one of the islands of the Federated States of Micronesia. Typically tropical and South Sea-ish, the island is filled with nature's gifts, a true destination for those who seek natural beauty. Pohnpei's Sokehs Rock, a steep cliff face often compared to Honolulu's Diamond Head, is one of its icons, along with the ancient stone city of Nan
Madol, abandoned on nearly 100 artificial islets off the Southeast coast and is brimming with archaeological treasures.
Yap – Yap is an atoll that is worth noting, especially to those who look for information and knowledge about the beginnings of the country. It is the most traditional district in the whole of the Federated States, a place where the caste system survives and village chiefs hold as much political power as that of elected public officials. Donning loincloths and woven hibiscus skirts, the men and women of Yap welcome incoming passengers with encouraging and energetic smiles. Even the very official looking customs officers tend to delve into the fun – living life like how the locals do. Out in the villages, connected by centuries-old stone footpaths, faluw (men's houses) can be found, constructed in the elaborate, traditional style of wood, thatch, rope, and bamboo. All the locals only ask for one thing – respect – a virtue that is more than deserved by these tribes who have surpassed the leap of centuries.
How to get around within Micronesia
Even for a nation comprised of islets, Micronesia has decent transport modes that travellers can utilise. By air, travellers may use the “Island Hopper” operated by United Airlines to go on tour around the islands. Regular bus services are not available; however there are charter buses or rental buses which can take travellers to various destinations especially in the main islands. Taxi services are available throughout the main islands as well, and are cheap and efficient.
How to get there
The Pohnpei International Airport is an airport located on Pohnpei Island, the main island of the state of the same name. It is close to the capital of the Federated States of Micronesia, and is one of the airports where commercial air service is possible. United Airlines is the sole airline flying to the destination, as part of the “Island Hopper” service between Guam, Honolulu, and the other islands in the region.
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