Diving in Pohnpei

Both the state and the main island in the region, the most extensive and tallest island of the Federated States of Micronesia, take the name of Pohnpei. This island is also home to Palikir, the country’s capital. The remoteness of the islands as well as their beauty make the perfect conditions for pristine and untouched diving. Pohnpei is truly a nature lover’s paradise. These islands are covered in lush rainforests, making the whole region one of the wettest places you will find, jagged coastlines, and spectacular waterfalls. Pohnpei is an excellent destination for a slow and quiet getaway, full of culture as it is home to a local population who take pride in the preservation of their ancient culture. Most of the diving in this region takes place around the main island of Pohnpei. This area boasts incredibly healthy reef ecosystems and has nine named Marine Protected Areas. Be prepared, as you will only find a handful of dive operators to choose from since diving is not a popular activity in the region; however, this also means you will find most places to be uncrowded. Plenty of different places are available for exploration, including jaw-dropping drop-offs, lots of passages, channels, and swim-throughs, and coral gardens extending way farther than the eye can see.

Dive Sites in Pohnpei

Featured places to go in Pohnpei

Ant Atoll & Pakin Atoll

The outer atolls of Ant Atoll and Pakin Atoll are home to some of the best dive sites in Pohnpei, as well as home to some of the best dive sites in Pohnpei.

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Mwand Pass

If you are looking for the best to see the majestic resident manta rays on a daily basis, head to Mwand Pass, the northern side of Pohnpei.

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Aquatic Life in Pohnpei

Marine life in Pohnpei is as rich and diverse as any other region of the Federated States of Micronesia. Healthy reefs, colorful sponges, and hard and soft corals make up a jaw-dropping underwater landscape. You can expect to see hundreds of different fish species including humphead wrasse, schooling bump head parrotfish, grouper, clownfish, shrimp, and even pygmy seahorses. Cruising the reefs, you’ll also see green sea turtles and eagle rays. Grey reef sharks and manta rays are seen year-round, especially near channels and cleaning stations where they like to gather.