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Micronesia is the northwestern region of Oceania and is home to many tropical and subtropical Pacific Ocean islands.



  • Hagåtña
  • Koror
  • Majuro
  • Melekeok

Other destinations


Micronesia is a vast area that mainly consists of water. Transport can be a major issue because of the lack of an organized highway or byway, found in larger and more vast countries. Due to the lack of space on the islands, most activities are nautical, scuba diving etc.


English is the official language of all countries and territories here.

Get in

Palau and Guam have the best connections from outside Micronesia. The US territories, insomuch that civilians are allowed to enter, are connected to the US. As the airports often aren't large enough to accommodate large airplanes, expect flights to be of the island-to-island type which often means several landings and takeoffs before you're at your destination.

Get around


There are only three world heritage sites in Micronesia:

  • The Bikini Atoll Nuclear Test Site, Ralik, Marshall Islands
  • The Rock Islands outside Koror, Palau
  • The site of Nan Madol outside Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia




Stay safe

By using general common sense, most tourists and travelers will not have any difficulty around the islands.


Micronesia does not host many foreign embassies.

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Hear about travel to the countries of Kiribati, Tuvalu and Nauru in Micronesia as the Amateur Traveler talks to Stefan from Rapid Travel Chai about these small difficult to reach island nations. 

MARCH 1-3 was Yap Day, the biggest cultural celebration in Yap and its most colorful days of the year, with traditional dances, crafts, tattoos, competitions, and demonstrations in ceremonial dress. Everything Yapese — Micronesia’s most intact traditional culture — is celebrated. On March 1, the 49th annual Yap Day kicked off, with a conch-shell blowing, a parade, a presentation of colors, a blessing, stone money transfer and presentation, plus opening remarks and speeches by members of traditional and governmental leadership. 1

Sitting dances

Each Yapese dance tells a different story. Sitting dances typically are more somber.



Many Yapese decorate their bodies with intricate tattoo patterns, often denoting high social status, expertise in fighting, or master navigation skills.


Traditional dances

Bamboo and standing dances are physically taxing and usually reserved for the young. The Yapese start dancing as children and often dance well into advanced adulthood when hysical fitness required for dancing starts to wane.


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Ornamental dress

Even the youngest dancers wear beautiful costumes, like multicolored hibiscus skirts and ornamental headdress. Their bodies are often decorated with flowers, coconut oil, and yellow turmeric powder.


Traditional boats

The art of canoe construction and traditional navigation are still practiced in Yap, although many of the magic rituals and initiation rites have been forgotten or abandoned. Here, Yap Day guests are given a taste.


Fighting dance

Men of Ma’ap village in a traditional dance showcasing fighting prowess.


Youth parade

The first event of Yap Day is a youth parade and dance, seen beginning here at the Yap Living History Museum in the heart of Colonia.



Traditional weaving of Yapese arts and handicrafts is always a hit with guests at the event.


Picnic in the park

For many Yapese, Yap Day is just another picnic at the park.


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Youth awaiting their first dance performance in Ma’ap.


Learning traditional navigation

Students of traditional navigation getting ready to take Yap Day guests out into the windy lagoon.


Palm wine

When in Yap, you do as the Yapese do, deliciously so with tuba, the local palm wine. This gentleman was feeling it in Ma’ap.



It begins with a thunderous clap, repeated over and over by a line of solemn dancers until a simple rhythm is firmly established. From the center of the line a solitary voice emits a powerful rasping wail introducing a story told in a forgotten tongue.


Navigational tools

Traditional navigators crossed the treacherous waves in search of adventure without the aid of modern navigational tools or even a simple compass. Their tools were the celestial compass – a system of 32 stars whose positions and movements they memorized – and directional messages from the crisscrossing swells of the ocean.



Like everywhere in the tropics, coconuts are vital for survival. During Yap Day, coconuts were offered for thirstquenching—and for life.

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Exercise normal security precautions

The decision to travel is your responsibility. You are also responsible for your personal safety abroad. The purpose of this Travel Advice is to provide up-to-date information to enable you to make well-informed decisions.


Petty crime occurs, particularly house break-ins. Ensure that doors are locked while you are away, and that your personal belongings, passports and other travel documents are secure at all times.

Women’s safety

Women should avoid walking or jogging alone at night or in the early morning. Consult our publication entitled Her Own Way: A Woman’s Safe-Travel Guide for travel safety information specifically aimed at Canadian women.


Most roads are in poor condition. Roads outside towns are often unpaved. Street lights are rare. Many drivers do not follow safe driving practices.

There is a public bus system on the island of Yap and rental cars are available. Shared taxis are available; however, most cars are poorly maintained, and services on the weekend and in the evening can be sporadic and unreliable. Travel between islands is done by boat.

Consult our Transportation Safety page in order to verify if national airlines meet safety standards.

General safety information

You are encouraged to register with the Embassy of Australia in Pohnpei in order to receive the latest information on situations and events that could affect your safety.

Tourist facilities and services are limited.

Exercise caution when swimming offshore due to dangerous currents.


Related Travel Health Notices
Consult a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic preferably six weeks before you travel.

Routine Vaccines

Be sure that your routine vaccines are up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.

Vaccines to Consider

You may be at risk for these vaccine-preventable diseases while travelling in this country. Talk to your travel health provider about which ones are right for you.

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a disease of the liver spread by contaminated food or water. All those travelling to regions with a risk of hepatitis A infection should get vaccinated.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver spread through blood or other bodily fluids. Travellers who may be exposed (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment or occupational exposure) should get vaccinated.


Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person when they cough or sneeze or through personal contact with unwashed hands. Get the flu shot.


Measles occurs worldwide but is a common disease in developing countries, particularly in parts of Africa and Asia. Measles is a highly contagious disease. Be sure your vaccination against measles is up-to-date regardless of the travel destination.

Yellow Fever Vaccination

Yellow fever is a disease caused by the bite of an infected mosquito.

Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.

* It is important to note that country entry requirements may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.
  • There is no risk of yellow fever in this country.
Country Entry Requirement*
  • Proof of vaccination is not required to enter this country.
  • Vaccination is not recommended.

Food and Water-borne Diseases

Travellers to any destination in the world can develop travellers' diarrhea from consuming contaminated water or food.

In some areas in the Oceanic Pacific Islands, food and water can also carry diseases like hepatitis A. Practise safe food and water precautions while travelling in the Oceanic Pacific Islands. Remember: Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!

Travellers' diarrhea
  • Travellers' diarrhea is the most common illness affecting travellers. It is spread from eating or drinking contaminated food or water.
  • Risk of developing travellers’ diarrhea increases when travelling in regions with poor sanitation. Practise safe food and water precautions.
  • The most important treatment for travellers' diarrhea is rehydration (drinking lots of fluids). Carry oral rehydration salts when travelling.


Insects and Illness

In some areas in the Oceanic Pacific Islands, certain insects carry and spread diseases like chikungunya, dengue fever, Japanese encephalitis, lymphatic filariasis and malaria.

Travellers are advised to take precautions against bites.

Dengue fever
  • Dengue fever occurs in this country. Dengue fever is a viral disease that can cause severe flu-like symptoms. In some cases it leads to dengue haemorrhagic fever, which can be fatal.  
  • Mosquitoes carrying dengue bite during the daytime. They breed in standing water and are often found in urban areas.
  • Protect yourself from mosquito bites. There is no vaccine available for dengue fever.



There is no risk of malaria in this country.


Animals and Illness

Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, monkeys, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats. Certain infections found in the Oceanic Pacific Islands, like rabies, can be shared between humans and animals.


Person-to-Person Infections

Crowded conditions can increase your risk of certain illnesses. Remember to wash your hands often and practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette to avoid colds, the flu and other illnesses.

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV are spread through blood and bodily fluids; practise safer sex.


Tuberculosis is an infection caused by bacteria and usually affects the lungs.

For most travellers the risk of tuberculosis is low.

Travellers who may be at high risk while travelling in regions with risk of tuberculosis should discuss pre- and post-travel options with a health care provider.

High-risk travellers include those visiting or working in prisons, refugee camps, homeless shelters, or hospitals, or travellers visiting friends and relatives.

Medical services and facilities

Medical services and facilities

Medical facilities are adequate for routine services. All public medical services are provided from the local hospital. There are few medical clinics. Services are limited and should be used only in an emergency. Specialist services are extremely limited. In the event of a major accident or illness, medical evacuation is often necessary. Medical transport is very expensive and payment up front is often required. Decompression chambers are available in Yap and Chuuk.

Keep in Mind...

The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.

Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a travel health kit, especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.

You are subject to local laws. Consult our Arrest and Detention page for more information.


Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are strict.

Homosexual activity is illegal.

An International Driving Permit is recommended.


The currency is the U.S. dollar (USD). Major credit cards are accepted at most hotels and tourist facilities. There are few automated banking machines. U.S. dollar traveller’s cheques can be exchanged at branches of the Bank of the Federated States of Micronesia.


The rainy (or monsoon) and typhoon seasons in the South Pacific are from November to April. Severe rainstorms can cause flooding and landslides, resulting in significant loss of life and extensive damage to infrastructure, and hampering the provision of essential services. Disruptions to air services and to water and power supplies may also occur. Keep informed of regional weather forecasts, avoid disaster areas and follow the advice of local authorities.

During a typhoon or monsoon, hotel guests may be required to leave accommodations near the shore and move to safety centres inland. Travel to and from outer islands may be disrupted for some days.

Consult our Typhoons and monsoons page for more information.