micronesiaSpread across 2,500 kilometers of the Western Central Pacific Ocean, just north of the equator, the five states of Chuuk, Kosrae, Mostakia, Pohnpei and Yap and their 607 islands (only 65 are inhabited) form the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).

The FSM combine a great climate, paradiselike islands and a laid back atmosphere. On the islands you have the chance to see a traditional village dance, take a hike to a secluded lake or waterfall, or make a dive beneath the sea to a coral laden shipwreck.

The Marshall islands are a group of islands in the pacific. Located about haldway between Australia and Hawai m the Marshall islands offer natural beauty and rich culture. Pristine coral reefs teeming with marine life make the Marshalls a premiere dive destination.

The Marshall islands form two vast parallel chains of atolls scattered over 750,000 square miles of the tranquil Central Pacific. The chains are called the Ratak (sunrise chain) and Ralik (sunset chain) and together, they encompass 29 atolls and 5 individual islands totaling abut 1,225 islands and 870 reef systems.

Among other attractions, the islands offer breathtaking marine environments, with over 800 species of fish and 160 species of coral, ample diving and snorkeling opportunities, serene outer islands, abundant big game, bottom, and fly fishing conditions, and a multitude of World War II wrecks and sites unparalleled anywhere in the Pacific.

Most people live on the island of Majuro in the Ratak chain. The most important atoll of the Ralik chain is the Kwajalein atoll . But probably the most famous island of the whole group is the Bikini atoll – a major US nuclear testing site, now mostly inhabited.

(by www.world66.com)

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