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Nan Madol

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Address: Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia
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This center of an ancient civilization is surrounded by 92 islets.

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Must see attraction for Pohnpei

We traveled here by boat which was a lot of fun. We were able to get out and explore the ruins. The kids enjoyed walking around the ruins.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Guam, Mariana Islands
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Guam, Mariana Islands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We traveled here by boat which was a lot of fun. We were able to get out and explore the ruins. The kids enjoyed walking around the ruins.

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Majuro, Marshall Islands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Absolutely amazing site. Ashamed to say had never even heard of it until in Pohnpei for business. Don't leave Pohnpei until you have seen this. A little bit hard to get to unless you rent a car - but well worth the cost or a taxi.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

You know there is places is this world that are just mysterious...well this is one. The stones are so massive, configured so precisely and have lasted so long!!! I believe this is the most awesome place, it's definitely a place to check out!

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Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Nan Madol is a fascinating trip back into a mystery. It is a city built on a coral reef. No one knows who built it or how they built it, but it consists of nearly 100 man-made islets constructed on the reef in the south-east of Pohnpei island. Visitors can enter from land; they can kayak the remains during high... More 

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Soufrière, Soufriere, St. Lucia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

The site is very interesting but the travel guides tell you nothing. Look on the internet before you go to find out all the interesting facts. Ware shoes that can get wet. Slipper if it is raining and it rains a lot. Some history would have been great. We only got the opinion of the guide. Overpriced for trip.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

Nan Madol is constructed of thousands of natural basalt columns (columnar basalt) formed by cooling and contraction within basalt lava flows. The ancient People of Ponhpei quarried vast quantities of these columns, each weighing maybe a ton or more, and apparently rafted them to the coastal Nan Madol site to build a complex of artificial islands and temples. Paths were... More 

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Willow Springs, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

Like most places on Pohnpei, not traditional "tourist friendly". Not easy to find, no amenities, and most of the ruins are buried in the jungle. Probably best done with a guide who might be able to explain what you see (no brochures or signs). The ruins were interesting to look at and the trail to get there is scenic and... More 

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Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

If there is one thing you have to see in Pohnpei, this is it. A magnificent historical treasure. To get the most of it, make sure you read up on it. With Pohnpei's young population sadly and increasingly losing its ties to the past, very few locals know the full or even a significant portion of the stories of Nan... More 

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Suva
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

This place is too massively impressive to put into words. To think at a time before machinery these rocks were cut shaped and stacked upon each other to form this city. It is city sized and I would like to wish the Pohnpeians all the best in their fight making this city a recognised UNESCO heritage site

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Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

A sacred place for those who wish to explore the origins of the Pohnpeians. It was a long walk, but the people who owned the land were friendly.

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