Pohnpei (sometimes spelled Ponape) is one of the Federated States of Micronesia. Before we get to what's probably its biggest attraction, the ancient ruins of Nan Madol, here are some general shots.
The main city of Kolonia is a short ride from the airport. Kolonia is the place to stay if you want "action." A nice place to stay and eat -- a few miles from Kolonia -- is the Village Hotel.
View from The Village Hotel's restaurant:
Mangroves and coast under The Village Hotel:
You get to the Kepiroki Waterfall by a mostly-shady (and not too long) jungle hike after a boat ride. (You can also take a path from Kolonia, but it's a long way.) Standing under the falls is great, but climbing the falls on the cable (or scrambling up the edges) is even better -- if you're up for it.
West of Kolonia, at Palikir, is the national capital of the FSM. The buildings are in a style that's a nice combination of traditional and modern.
This is one of the main buildings:
And here's the parking place for the president and vice-president (this is no large first-world country with drivers, security gates, etc!):
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