Micronesia Travel Overview

Micronesia Travel Overview

Important facts

Capital: Palikir

Official language: English

Currency: Dollar 1USD = 0.91EUR

Continent: Australia and Oceania-Australia-Oceania

From Hawaii to Guam

Micronesia is understood to mean the region on the one hand, and the Federated States of Micronesia on the other. Regardless of whether it is a region or a federation, the diversity of the islands is incredible.

Region

According to Countryaah, Micronesia denotes on the one hand the state of the Federated States of Micronesia and on the other hand a region in the South Pacific, which extends over a width of about 4000 km to an area of ​​about 7 million km². The region includes the island states of Palau, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, the Northern Marianas, Guam and Wake. The last three are part of the US territory. Only the Micronesian Federation is described here.

Federated States of Micronesia

The archipelago is located in the western Pacific. The federation consists of the states of Chuuk, Kosrae and Pohnpei, which make up the East Carolina, and the state of Yap, which together with the independent nation of Palau forms the West Carolina. The largest city in the country is Weno with about 17,624 residents on the island of Moen in the east of the Chuuk Atoll; The capital is Palikir on the island of Pohnpei.

Vacation in the Federation of Micronesia

Most of the islands have a tropical climate. Due to the geological properties, i.e. the volcanic base and offshore coral banks, the water is always turquoise and warm! In the atolls, the water is sealed off from the strong waves of the Pacific, which is ideal for snorkeling, diving and floating with boats.

The best way to get to the Federation is from Honolulu. So-called island hopping flights are offered from there. The planes land within 15 hours on 7 islands between Guam and Honolulu, each stopping for an hour. In addition to small flights, the islands are also very popular with sailors.

Important facts

Capital: Palikir

Official language: English

Currency

Currency (sub-unit)

Dollars (100 cents)

ISO 4217 code

USD / 840

Geography

Continent: Australia-Oceania

Region: Australia and Oceania

Geo coordinates: N 7 ° 25 ’32 ” E 151 ° 52′ 60″

Highest mountain: Totolom (791 m)

Total area: 702 km²

Mainland: 702 km²

Coastline: 6,112 km

Politics

Dependency: United States of America since association

UN member since: 1991

Economy

Micronesia GDP - gross domestic product

Export goods: Fish, food, pepper

Cultivation area: 51.42%

Bovine: 14,700 pieces

Pigs: 35,000 pieces

Fishing: 17,000 t

Demographic data

Residents: 108,000

Residents in cities: 33,300

0-14 years: 36.6%

15-64 years: 60.4%

> 65 years: 3%

Population growth: -0.11%

Birth rate: 24.68 / 1,000 residents

Death rate: 4.75 / 1,000 residents

Migration: -21.03 / 1,000 residents

Fertility: 3.16 children / woman

Infant mortality: 29.16 ‰

Life expectancy men: 68.24 years

Life expectancy women: 71.95 years

Country codes and abbreviations

ISO 3166 Alpha 2: FM

ISO 3166 Alpha 3: FSM

ISO 3166 numeric: 583

Top Level Domain: fm

IOC country code: FSM

UN / LOCODE: FM

Source: Abbreviationfinder

Health

Number of doctors: 80

Daily food intake: 2,650 kcal / resident

Education

Illiteracy: 11%

History

Foundation: 1986

Last sovereign since: 1986

Religion

Main religious group: Christians

Crime

Prison inmates: 40

GETTING THERE

Arriving by plane

Air Marshall Islands (CW) operates charter, sightseeing and scheduled flights between Majuro and the other Marshall Islands, as well as international air services to Hawaii, Fiji, Kiribati and Tuvalu.

Some smaller airlines fly to Guam.

Flight times

Flights mostly go via Los Angeles and Honolulu: Frankfurt – Honolulu: 19 hours; Honolulu – Marshall Islands: 4 hours 30 minutes

Air passes

The Sky Team Asia Pass (Internet: www.skyteam.com) is valid for flights between Korea (Rep.), Japan, American Samoa, Australia, the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. 3-8 flights (coupons) can be combined with each other. The pass is only valid in conjunction with an international ticket from a Sky Team airline; the trip must start outside the South Pacific and it is advisable to book flights in advance.

Arrival by ship

The largest ports are Pohnpei, Majuro, Saipan, Tuik, Yap and Koror. I.a. following freight and passenger shipping lines operate on the islands: Nauru Pacific, P & O (website: www.pocruises.com) and Saipan Shipping Co. The islands are also visited by cruises.

Boats: Excursion boats, small speed boats and large glass-bottom boats are used for regular services, sightseeing and sunset cruises, as well as for fishing and diving.

A ferryconnects Saipan with Tinian, connections to the smaller islands are rather irregular.

The following government offices take bookings: Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Saipan; Majuro Office of Transportation, Marshall Islands; Koror, Palau; Kolonia, Pohnpei; Moen, Chuuk and Colonia, Yap. There are only a few cabins and it can happen that you have to sleep on deck, which is why you should bring your own mat. The ships can also be chartered by the government for short trips.

ON THE GO

On the way by car / bus

There are only good roads on the larger islands, which also have inexpensive taxis. The road network on all islands covers around 240 km, 40 km of which are paved.

Bus:
No public buses on the islands, only tourist buses. Limousines, minibuses and jeepneys (repurposed military jeeps) serve as public transport.

Rental cars are available in larger towns from local or international companies.

Documents:
National driver’s license (only for stays of up to 30 days), international driver’s license recommended.

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