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Nan Madol, Pohnpei
(4.5/5 based on 65+ reviews on the web)
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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Nan Madol and many more Pohnpei attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Pohnpei vacation planner.
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Reviews
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  • Absolutely amazing site. Ashamed to say had never even heard of it until in Pohnpei for business. Don't leave Pohnpei until you have seen this. A little bit hard to get to unless you rent a car - but ...  more »
  • You know there is places is this world that are just mysterious...well this is one. The stones are so massive, configured so precisely and have lasted so long!!! I believe this is the most awesome pla...  more »
  • Nan Madol is a fascinating trip back into a mystery. It is a city built on a coral reef. No one knows who built it or how they built it, but it consists of nearly 100 man-made islets constructed on th...  more »
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  • 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.
  • The last time i was there i was an eight grader...when my classmates and I left, i felt loneliness. I wanted to go back there so bad, it is like i left my mind and heart back there... I did not just like the place. I loved it... It was one hell of a place to be...
  • Stunningly serene place a must visit whilst on the island