Micronesia

Jellyfish-micronesiaSpread across the Pacific ocean between Papua New Guinea and Japan, Micronesia has three major factors attracting divers to this beautiful area.

First is the rich biodiversity. Micronesia is in the Indo Pacific Coral Triangle, right near the Philippines, PNG and Indonesia, and the number of species and abundance of marine life is astounding. Both Yap and Palau sit atop huge ocean trenches, and are frequented by many large visitors including sharks and manta rays.

Micronesia is also home to world-class wreck diving. The Pacific Ocean was the stage for many an ocean battle during both World Wars, and the ocean floor bears proof. In February and March 1944 several battles took place, sending almost 400 ships and aeroplanes to the bottom across Kwajalein, Chuuk (Truk) and Palau. A great number of these are diveable not only by those with technical qualifications but also recreational divers.

From Australia the main entry point is the US territory of Guam. The main diving regions in Micronesia are Palau, Chuuk (Truk), Yap, Kosrae, Guam and the Marshall Islands.

DIVE DESTINATIONS

Guam
Palau
Yap
Marshall Islands
Truk Lagoon
Kosrae
Pohnpei
Micronesia Liveaboards

GENERAL INFORMATION

Entry Requirements

All visitors to Micronesia travelling through Guam are required to complete the online US Customs and Border Protection ESTA application. The cost is approximately $15 USD. Australian passport holders require a valid passport with a validity of at least 6 months beyond their intended stay. For more information and for holders of other passports, please refer to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website for the latest travel advice.General Information

Money

The currency is the US Dollar (USD). One Australian dollar is worth approximately $$0.75USD.

Language

English is widely spoken, and there are around 20 Micronesian languages.

Electricity

110-120V and uses the USA plug type.

Time Zone

GMT+11 in Truk and Kosrae, and GMT+10 in Palau and Yap.

Clothing

Light casual clothing is recommended, and please dress modestly in public places.

Climate

Micronesia has a warm, tropical climate. The rainy season in southern districts is from mid-May to late November, with the greatest falls between July and October. The rain is rarely heavy however and there is still much sunshine. Temperatures average around 28°C and humidity averages 80%.

Water Temperature

In Micronesia the water temperature is a fairly stable 27-29°C year round.

Departure Tax

$20USD from Truk and Palau payable on departure.

Tipping

Tipping is considered normal in the service industries in Micronesia and while not expected, it rewards a good job.

REGION MAP