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Micronesia is made up of four islands, also known as the Federated States or Caroline Islands. There has been a history of turbulence with much political change and foreign control. Despite international influences from the US government, Spanish and German governments the cultural traditions and heritage of Micronesia has been retained by its inhabitants. The Pacific Islands of Micronesia are predominantly Roman Catholic, with 50% of inhabitants following Catholicism. The rest of the inhabitants are Protestant Christians. There are nine local languages in the country. However, the official language remains to be English with some elderly islanders speaking Japanese.

Over 3 million square miles, there are 2,000 islands splattered across the country. The wet season is from April to November whilst May to October is much cooler and less humid making it the ideal time to visit Micronesia. It is a tropical climate but extreme humidity and temperatures are balanced by the cooling sea breezes.

Continental Micronesia is the major airline which is part of Continental Airlines. Local airlines offer charters, sightseeing and inter island travels. Visitors can use boats from glass bottomed boats to speed boats for sightseeing, fishing, scuba diving, sunset cruising and a range of other travel related activities. There’s a ferry operation available to travel between smaller islands.

There are hundreds of hotels and other forms of accommodation available in Micronesia. Most hotels serve Western style, Japanese, Chinese and local cuisine. On certain islands, remote and away from the main islands, visitors can taste fish, octopus, clams, eels and sea cucumber. Some of the more traditional and delicious local cuisine include food like breadfruit, rice, Taro, cassava, mangrove clams and coconut crabs. Tropical fruits and marine life are in abundance in Micronesia with coconuts and bananas, along with lime, tangerine and oranges galore.   

There’s much to see and visit on the main four islands, including Pohnpei, Chuuk, Kosrae and Yap. There’s lush green vegetation, mountain peaks, deep valleys, tumbling waterfalls, rivers and streams, flowing hibiscus and stunning scenery. Pohnpei is the more westernized islands of the four, whilst Yap tends to be more traditional.

The islands are colourful with distinctive characteristics separating one island from the next. The houses are brightly coloured with women wearing loin cloths and clothes woven with banana leaves. A common sight to behold is children playing in water, most while the women do their laundry.

During World War II with the presence of Japanese in the country, to this day, remains World War II relics and ship wrecks which have been turned into an underwater museum where sunken war relics lay in the floor of the blue lagoon. Visitors traveling to Micronesia must make visiting the underwater museum a top priority as this attraction cannot be seen anywhere else in the world. It is considered to be the largest naval loss in history!

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