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Pohnpei is largest island in the island-nation of Micronesia. It is home to the capital, Palikir, and also the main island in the state of Pohnpei, which also includes numerous outlying atolls, some of them hundreds of kilometres away from the main island. An estimated population of 35,000 calls the island home.
Pohnpei is a large volcanic island, surrounded by 8 nearby small atolls. It covers a total area of 344 square kilometres. Most of the island's coastal area is covered with mangrove swamps. The nice beaches are found on the small islands situated within the reef.
The interior of the island is rugged and mountainous. At its highest, at Mt Nahna Laud, it is 798 metres. Owing to a high annual rainfall, there are numerous streams flowing towards the ocean with some spectacular waterfalls along the way.
The weather in Pohnpei is invariably hot and humid, with temperatures throughout the year hovering around 80 °F. Pohnpei is one of the wettest places on earth, with an average rainfall in excess of 400 inches a year.  Don't think you have had bad luck if it is raining every day. It is in fact unusual to have a dry day on Pohnpei.
There are no regular boat services coming into Micronesia. The most likely reason to arrive in Micronesia by boat is if you own your own yacht.
There no scheduled flights within Pohnpei.
Irregular boat services run from Pohnpei to the outlying atolls. It is not uncommon for these boats to only run once every few months, depending on whether or not the boats are in a good state of repair.
Cars drive on the right in Micronesia. Interestingly though, many of the cars on the road also have the driver's seat on the right. Roads are generally in a poor condition and driver education leaves a lot to be desired. It is not uncommon for cars to stop suddenly in front of you to take on passengers or for pedestrians to practically leap in front of the car. Fortunately, speed limits are very low (40km/h, about 25 miles an hour), ensuring a reasonable level of safety. Nonetheless, drivers are well advised to be alert at all times.
Taxis are abundant, particularly around Kolonia and are a convenient way to get around town.
Bicycles can be a very convenient way to get around due to the relatively slow traffic and small distances. Some hotels may be able to provide a bicycle for your use. Alternatively, buying a cheap one for use while there may be an option.
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