Nan Madol, Pohnpei

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Described by locals as "the city built on coral reefs," Nan Madol was inhabited as early as the 1st or 2nd century CE. Constructed within a lagoon, the city consisted of a series of artificial islands linked by canals. Today, the semi-submerged site can only be explored by taking a kayaking tour. Drive or take a boat to the island, and then paddle to the man-made islands and their ancient ruins, preserving the story of a long-lost civilization. Prepare for your adventure by wearing footwear suitable for rugged terrain, and don't forget to bring plenty of bug spray. To visit Nan Madol and get the most from your holiday in Pohnpei, create itinerary details personal to you using our Pohnpei day trip website .
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  • It seems to be a place inhabited by people who came here first in the Guide. To hear familiar with the mysterious and magical impression. Toll paid by car go into private land went way up close. Am I crossing a River along the way have not taken the bridge and was not normally experience. Spread clean waters in the depths of the ruins and place in shallow water, if you have time you can relax.
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  • There not much to see in the Federated States of Micronesia especially in Pornphei, but Nan Madol should be a definite place to see when in FSM. This site is a truly remarkable and mysterious site - r...  more »
  • If you visit Pohnpei, you MUST visit Nan Madol. It is truly the Venice of the Pacific--the ruins of a complex of buildings constructed a thousand years ago from volcanic basalt "logs" weighing tons. T...  more »
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  • A very interesting place to visit. Petty easy access but you need substantial foot wear and expect to get your feet wet. Not much information at the site so google it beforehand.
  • The ruins of Nan Madol "spaces in between" is located in the island of Temwen, Madolenihmw Municipality. It is often times called "the Venice of the Pacific". It is about an hour and a half drive from Kolonia town. Tourist fees varies from $5 when you ride the boat from the chief's place and $7 if you will use the trail. ($1 fee near the Nan Madol sign, $3 on the house near the parking area and $3 on the bridge before you reach the ruins). Bring sandals and wear shorts because you will definitely get wet when you on your way to the ruins.
  • Very powerful ruins, with a foreboding feel. There is no interpretation at the site, so read up before you go. A couple of islands are readily accessible with just a little wading, but I would love to come back with a boat. Even better, I hope the land ownership issues are worked out and this site can become a World Heritage site. It would be amazing to have more of the sites cleared of vegetation and some interpretive signs. I suppose the price would go up, but the access fee right now is only $4. $1 for the road and $3 to the landowners. However, the road guy told us he would take both payments so we gave him $4 each and still had to give the owners $3 each. Still worth it. But don't give him both payments.
  • The place is really historic and mystique. The ancient ruins in Pohnpei put me in awe and questions. How did the Pohnpeian ancestors built such a things? Enormous and magical!
  • Worth the visit, Hired car instead of taking the boat, low tide made it easy to access. Beautiful ruins. Highly recommended.

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Where to stay in Pohnpei

The accommodations in Pohnpei are primarily concentrated in Kolonia and along Nan Mal Road. Standard hotel rooms and more expensive resort stays are available, along with some apartments available for short rentals. However, the number of accommodations is fairly limited, so pre-booking is advisable. Many of the hotels offer airport pickup and car rental, along with onsite restaurants, bars, and tour booking services. Pick lodgings next to the lagoon, or farther out of town for easiest access to the landscape at additional cost.
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