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 Kolonia, create itinerary details personal to you using our Kolonia day trip website .
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  • Nan Madol is a magical abandoned city built on 15 artificial islands. It is extremely impressive and it is the last thing you expect to find in laid back pohnpei. There is a 1+3+3 dollar fees to get t...  more »
  • Nan Madol Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia It is amazing place. You wonder how did the locals built this walls and canals 1000 years ago. They call this place the Venice of Pacific. And expect ...  more »
  • I toured Nan Modal twice with Destinations Pohnpei (Shawn is easy to reach via the Seven Stars Inn or email/website). The first time was by car/foot, so there was only so much I could see beyond the m...  more »
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  • Absolutely incredible site that is just as impressive as any ancient city. You will be the only tourist here. Make sure to bring swimming trunks or a kayak because there are few bridges to connect the islands.
  • We arrived by boat, didn't know there was a walking path to get there, that would have been very neat to check out. It is extremely hot and humid. You will get wet. Good walking/hiking shoes are a must, or at least a good pair of Teva sandals. Bring plenty of water to drink, a hat and sunscreen. I was at Nan Madol some years ago, but the feeling of that place has never left me. Equally as impressive as the temples and pyramids in Mexico, but more stunning knowing that the islands that the buildings sit upon are man made. One of the last true mysteries in the world are how those basalt logs were transported and placed by a civilization that didn't have the wheel! If you happen to be on Pohnpei and have the time, Nan Madol is absolutely worth a visit.
  • The best way to see Nan Madol is by kayak. Paddling through the mangroves and man made channels is really fun, as is checking out all of the gorgeous stonework from a time almost forgotten.
  • A very interesting place to visit. Pretty 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.

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