Game and Nature Reserves

Chuuk Lagoon, previously Truk Lagoon, is a sheltered body of water in the central Pacific. About 1,800 kilometres (1,100 miles) north-east of New Guinea, it is located mid-ocean at 7 degrees North latitude, and is part of Chuuk State within the Federated States of Micronesia. The atoll consists of a protective reef, 225 kilometres (140 mi) around, enclosing a natural harbour 79 by 50 kilometres, with an area of 2,130 square .

Kepirohi Waterfall is the most popular waterfall in Pohnpei. The large, open lake at the base is perfect for swimming, and is popular for both visitors and locals alike. Kepirohi falls is about 66 feet tall, 98 feet wide, and is made up of large, square basalt stones. It is truly breathtaking and should not be missed. It is an easy 5-minute walk from the main road along a stone path hedged by tropical flower varieties of excellent color and beauty.

Pahn Takai Cave and Falls It is a 30-minute hike into the rainforest to this huge overhanging cave and waterfall. The waterfall is 150 feet high and the cave more than 900 feet across. A large colony of bats live in the cave and there is access behind the waterfall that leads to the Kupwuriso cannons, relics from the WWII era. Indeed this is where the name Pahn Takai, which means “underneath the rock”, is derived from.

Yela offers the visitor that rarest of dreams: a pristine series of tropical island ecosystems nearly untrammeled since the beginning of time. Indeed, Yela, one of the last roadless areas in the Pacific, remains largely closed to the public due to lack of access. At the center of the area is the increasingly famed Yela Ka Forest, a globally unique freshwater swamp dominated by hundreds of towering Terminalia carolinensis (Ka) trees. These trees have been referred to by leading Micronesia conservationists as the “Redwoods of Micronesia”.

The James Palsis Marine Park offers visitors a look at some of Micronesia’s most pristine forests, mangrove and lagoon and sea-grass meadow ecosystems. Located between Tafunsak and Walung villages the Park is a community-based conservation area, recognized by the people and state of Kosrae for its outstanding and sustainable biodiversity. One may snorkel in crystal clear, 83 degree F waters over colorful reefs teeming with life, or stroll along the isolated beaches near Walung Village, which is only accessible by boat, or for the real adventurous.

Wiya Bird Cave is a natural cave of impressive size with thousands of Resident Island swiftlet birds, it is the only residing place for this type of bird, which easily number in the hundreds. At the base of the cave is a pool of guano, accumulated over the decades, which locals use as a high-nutrient additive to the ubiquitous Kosrae home gardens in all of the villages. Legends say this cave to be home to a family of real giants, and that the cave goes through a tunnel to the other side of the island. Easy to get too just off the main road.

Nanpil River and Liduduhniap are twin falls with an upper and lower level and are a popular place to swim. It is only a short walk to the falls and there is a large pool, thatched huts and picnic area. The picnic area overlooks the falls from above and provides an awesome panorama of pure tropical jungle and mountain valley vistas.

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