Pohnpei, Micronesia

Pohnpei combines the stereotypical Pacific Ocean island allure with lush vegetation, cascading waterfalls and abundant precipitation. This amount of rainfall makes it one of the wettest places on Earth and is directly related to the plethora of biodiversity found in Pohnpei. 

The unique Nan Madol archaeological site is a mysterious city constructed in a lagoon, consisting of a series of small artificial islands linked by a network of canals.  It was once home to a thriving royal civilization and archaeologists and engineers are endeavoring to learn more about the Saudeleur Dynasty which occupied the island until 1628. Nan Madol is often called "Atlantis", the "eighth wonder of the world," or the "Venice of the Pacific". 

Nan Madol
Our visit will involve walking through dense foliage and then traveling by small local boat around the perimeter of the ancient complex. The remains of this once impressive royal complex are at the mercy of the tide and the means of our visit will be determined by the depth of water during our visit.