You can travel on for ten thousand miles, and still stay where you are
— Harry Chapin, 1942 - 1981
EN
EN

Travel Guide: Federated States of Micronesia

Featured hotels in Federated States of Micronesia »

The Pathways Hotel

Price (US$):
$166 - $167 / night

Check rates »

Location. Connected to the airport, The Pathways Hotel is located in Yap's Colonia neighborhood and close to Colonia Public Park. Additional area… more »

Kosrae Nautilus Resort

Price (US$):
$166 - $167 / night

Check rates »

Location. Kosrae Nautilus Resort is located on the beach in Kosrae's Lelu Village neighborhood, close to Lele Ruins and Bird Cave. Resort Features… more »

FIESTA RESORT AND SPA SAIPAN

Price (US$):
$130 - $290 / night

Check rates »

Located in the heart of Saipans Tourism district on the white sands of Micro Beach near shopping centers and nightlife the Fiesta Resort and Spa… more »

About  •  Understand  •  Regions  •  Cities  •  Other Destinations  •  Get In  •  Get Around  •  Talk  •  Sleep  •  Work  •  More »

About

The Federated States of Micronesia is a country in the northwestern Pacific Ocean. It is composed of four major island groups totaling 607 islands that lie just north of the equator about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to Indonesia, to the north of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands and to the south of the Marshall Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam.

Understand

Climate

Tropical; heavy year-round rainfall, especially in the eastern islands; located on southern edge of the typhoon belt with occasionally severe damage; Natural hazards : typhoons (June to December).

Terrain

Islands vary geologically from high mountainous islands to low, coral atolls; volcanic outcroppings on Pohnpei, Kosrae, and Truk

Highest point: Dolohmwar (Totolom) 791 m

History

National holiday
Constitution Day, 10 May (1979)
Constitution
10 May 1979

In 1979, the Federated States of Micronesia, a UN Trust Territory under US administration, adopted a constitution. On 3 November, 1986, independence was attained under a Compact of Free Association with the US; economic provisions of the Compact are being renegotiated.

Independence
3 November, 1986 (from the US-administered UN Trusteeship)

Present concerns include large-scale unemployment, overfishing, and overdependence on US aid.

Regions

There are 4 states:

  • Chuuk (Truk)
  • Kosrae (Kosaie)
  • Pohnpei (Ponape)
  • Yap

Cities

  • Palikir - Capital

Ports and harbors

  • Kolonia - (Pohnpei)
  • Lele
  • Moen

Other Destinations

The remote atoll of Kapingamarangi is the southernmost island group in FSM.

Get In

If you are going to be in the FSM for less than 30 days you do not need an entry permit. Anyone who will be staying longer than that needs an entry permit. For citizens of the United States, Palau, and the Marshall Islands, this entry permit lasts 1 year. For everyone else, it lasts 60 days. You can get your entry permit on arrival, but if you're traveling for a purpose other than tourism, you need to apply for it in advance.

Most people will need to prove their citizenship with a passport that has at least 120 days of remaining validity, but if you're from Palau, Marshall Islands, or the United States, you can use your birth certificate or an FSM entry permit in lieu of a passport (but a passport still works, too).

If you need to apply for an entry permit on arrival, you must present an FSM Arrival and Departure Record. This is furnished by a carrier before entering the FSM. You will need a completed application form in addition to this.

By plane

The major airline that travels to FSM is Continental Airlines, which operates a thrice-weekly "island hopper" flight (CO956 eastbound, CO957 westbound) traveling Honolulu—Majuro—Kwajalein—Kosrae—Pohnpei—Chuuk—Guam and vice versa. The flight is fourteen and a half hours, leaving in the early morning and terminating in the evening, with a stop of about one hour on each island. There are also nonstop flights from various islands to both Honolulu and Guam.

Honolulu is the most direct gateway into the islands from North America. Guam is the most direct gateway from most points in Asia and Australia, although it is also possible to fly into the islands from Manila via Palau.

By boat

The major international ports are; Chuuk,Pohnpei and Yap. There are inter-island trading ships based in these major ports which visits the outlying islands.

Get Around

By bus

Even though there are no bus scheduled service on the island, some buses are available to hire or charter. Also, on Yap there is a school bus that runs twice daily from Colonia to the villages.

Taxi

Taxi service is available throughout the islands and are inexpensive.

Car Hire

There are self-driven cars available in the major towns of the islands. However, It is required to have a National Driver's License or International Driving Permit.

Talk

Languages
English (official and common language), Trukese, Pohnpeian, Yapese, Kosrean, Ulithian, Woleaian, Nukuoro, Kapingamarangi

Sleep

  • Kosrae Nautilus Resort, P.O. Box 135, Kosrae, Micronesia (15 minute drive from the airport on the eastern side of the island, adjacent to the ocean), ☎ + 691 370 3567, [2]. checkin: When the flight arrives; checkout: 10.30AM. 18-room modern hotel with air-conditioned rooms and restaurant, or outside dining by the swimming pool. Free airport transfers, full service scuba dive operation including NAUI scuba instruction. Tour and rental cars arranged. Located adjacent to the Lelu causeway facing east to the Pacific Ocean, with 3 acres of manicured gardens. US$115 to $130. (5.20,163.0)

Work

U.S. citizens may live and work freely in Micronesia.