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From the mysterious ruins of Pohnpei to Saipan's historic beaches, the islands of Micronesia offer the traveler hundreds of intriguing destinations to explore. Looking for more than the standard itinerary? Explore the sunken Japanese fleet in Chuuk Lagoon or celebrate with the locals at the annual Arts Festival in Palau. Neil Levy, a renowned South Pacific travel expert, brings the islands and atolls of Micronesia within reach of travelers who, on any budget, are looking to experience the full bounty of these incredible islands. This guide covers all four Pacific archipelagos: Guam; the Republics of Palau, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, and Nauru; the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, including Saipan, and the Federated States of Micronesia. Completely updated and revised, the sixth edition of Moon Handbooks Micronesia, is packed with the most current information on sightseeing options, diving and recreation, accommodations, and restaurants, as well as custom maps, color photographs, fascinating sidebars, and a complete coverage of the area's culture, history, and social issues.… (more)
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I visited Kiribati, Nauru and the Marshall Islands way back in 1996/97 and used this, already dated, guidebook. The trip itself was a real eye opener and the guide did its job, with Stanley's easy writing style keeping you reading even when you have no intention to visit where he is describing.

Sadly, with climate change and rising sea levels, some of the attractions listed here are either no longer above water or not that far away. And how long before all that is left of Kiribati are guidebooks like this and memories like mine? ( )
  MiaCulpa | Feb 25, 2016 |
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For the tropic stars did flame for us, just as the travel books had promised. The nights were amethyst clear and cool. Eddies of warm air, loaded with earth scents and jungle dreams from islands beyond sight enmeshed us and were gone again. The swing of the old ship was so quiet she seemed to be poised moveless while the stars themselves were rocking to the croon of the bow-wave, back and forth above their mastheads, as we lay tranced while watching.

- Sir Arthur Grimble, "A Pattern of Islands"
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Although Micronesia has yet to be fully "discovered" by the promoters of packaged consumer tourism, Guam and Saipan already figure alongside such fleshpots of Bali, Thailand and Hawaii in the tourism markets of Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka.
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From the mysterious ruins of Pohnpei to Saipan's historic beaches, the islands of Micronesia offer the traveler hundreds of intriguing destinations to explore. Looking for more than the standard itinerary? Explore the sunken Japanese fleet in Chuuk Lagoon or celebrate with the locals at the annual Arts Festival in Palau. Neil Levy, a renowned South Pacific travel expert, brings the islands and atolls of Micronesia within reach of travelers who, on any budget, are looking to experience the full bounty of these incredible islands. This guide covers all four Pacific archipelagos: Guam; the Republics of Palau, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, and Nauru; the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, including Saipan, and the Federated States of Micronesia. Completely updated and revised, the sixth edition of Moon Handbooks Micronesia, is packed with the most current information on sightseeing options, diving and recreation, accommodations, and restaurants, as well as custom maps, color photographs, fascinating sidebars, and a complete coverage of the area's culture, history, and social issues.

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