Weno Island

Weno, formerly known as Moen, is Chuuk’s capital. Compared to other Chuuk islands, Weno reflects a modern aura. The Chuuk International Airport stands here, and concrete roadways are spread across most of the villages.

With plenty of historical attractions, Weno is a traveler’s destination. You can start your journey by visiting Sapuk Lighthouse, a structure built during the Japanese occupation. All over the structure are hit marks, and below the lighthouse are guns used during World War II.

Visit the Nefo Cave as well. This is where some soldiers used to live to guard the north entryway. The cave is quite big, with a width of 10 feet, height of 6 feet, and length of 78 feet. A six-inch gun still lies inside the cave.

The Tonata Guns and Caves is another strategic cave used by the Japanese army. It is a natural cave that was fortified and enlarged by the Japanese to store and transport weaponry.

The historical sites only serve as a prelude to the attractions of Weno. Here in this island, the sight of waters, sand, and tall trees are inescapable, do make sure to savor the dazzling display of nature.

By the way, don’t forget to visit Mt. Tonachau, which, with a height of 229 meters, is the highest peak in Weno. The mountain offers a striking view of the island.

Eten Island

If you wish to satiate your World War II curiosity, pay Eten Island a visit. It is a small island in Chuuk, which was heavily leveled by the Japanese army and was turned into an airstrip.

The present shape of the island still resembles an aircraft, a seeming reminder of its past.

The war relics in Eten Island, which include the war-torn command post and old planes, will fill you in on wartime tales.

But aside from such remains, Eten Island also boasts of a certain serenity. Palm trees adorn the island, while the blue water is largely inviting.

So whether you want to take a rest from your water adventures or visit historical sites, Eten will be a relaxing getaway.

Yap

Yap is generally untouched by urbanity, so its centuries-old traditions and customs remain intact. In fact, its well-preserved island culture is Yap’s number one attraction.

Here in Yap, houses are made of wood and thatch, stone money is still widely used, traditional clothing is worn (woven hibiscus skirt for women and loincloth for men), weaving is an everyday activity, and traditional dance remains the most prominent art form.

Visits to villages, which include Wanyan, Waaloy, Balabat, and Okau, are culturally enriching and will leave you in awe at the simplicity and traditional living of the Yapese. With zeal, the locals will show you their huts, demonstrate coconut husking and other daily activities, allow you to sample their fresh fruits, and present to you their dance. Yapese, although shy at first, are generally friendly and accommodating.

Village tours can be arranged by your hotel. But when visiting a Yap village, make sure to wear proper attire. Women are expected to wear clothes that don’t show the thighs and are at least knee-length. Men, on the other hand, should wear long shorts.

Yap Outer Islands

Visiting the outer islands of Yap is an experience of a larger scale. In silent isolation, these islands are truly a lost paradise, boasting of a distinct island life and ancient traditions.

In the outer islands, you will witness the magnificent beauty of the unspoiled beaches and lagoons, mingle with the traditional chiefs, be one with the locals, and experience a life stripped of modernity.

If you’re considering an outer island tour, make sure to visit Ulithi. It is the fourth largest atoll in the world and offers pristine beach and spectacular dive sites.

When you’re in Ulithi, going from one island to another is easy. You can either take a boat or, if you happen to visit during the low-tide season, walk to the islands.

Fais is another lovely destination. An elevated coral island, Fais is ideal for snorkeling and underwater cave exploration. Fais has no electricity and water, so when here, expect to experience authentic island life.

West Fayu, Sorol, and Woleai also make a wonderful island vacation. Flights from Yap to all these outer islands are available but should be arranged at least six weeks before your visit.

Kosrae

Kosrae is a jewel island state of Micronesia. A profile of this state resembles a lady lying on her back, giving Kosrae the name the “Sleeping Lady.” Blessed with pristine water, abundant reef, and verdant terrains, Kosrae is a must-see destination.

You can spend your vacation in Kosrae in a variety of ways. If you are into hiking, you can traverse the trails in Mt. Finkol, which is the highest peak in the state, and Mt. Oma, which leads to gorgeous waterfalls and World War II caves.

A visit to archeological sites is ideal if you are interested in ancient history. Here in Kosrae, you will find Lelu Ruins, which, like Nan Madol Ruins, is proof of early human activities. The ruins are part of basaltic walls enclosing an ancient complex.

Menke Ruins, although smaller than Lelu, is also an interesting site. It is believed to be where the ancient people worshipped the goddess Singlaku. The site also has hiking trails that feature medically useful plants.

Punctuate your vacation by diving into the waters teeming with vibrant and brilliantly colored marine species. Dolphins, whales, tropical fish species, and corals all make a beautiful underwater world.

 

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