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

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Nan Madol - a 1500 year old relic

A very interesting archeological site. Finding it can be a little challenging , while there is a sign on the main roads, once you turn in you need to ask locals which way to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 29, 2015
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

A very interesting archeological site. Finding it can be a little challenging , while there is a sign on the main roads, once you turn in you need to ask locals which way to turn again - though it not too far off the main road. Bring some waders , as walking in the water the best view points, unless... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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96 reviews 96 reviews
11 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Probably number one site in Micronesia. I would never expect such high lever of engineering these people had a thousand years ago and were able to move and organize precisely huge blocks of stones from other islands. Most of the blocks and sites are in surprisingly good condition.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

If you visit Pohnpei you must visit this amazing site. You will be left wondering how this structure was built. To visit this location, ask your hotel manager to set up a tour and make sure you bring water!

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Manila, Philippines
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63 reviews 63 reviews
12 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

During my third visit to Phonpei, FSM (while working towards the finalization of a population survey), our office arranged a visit to Nan Madol during the weekend. A short drive from the hotel and a short walk down a path, we were able to get permission from the owners of the land to visit Nan Madol After a short walk... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Very impressive, truely awesome construction (not only the buildings but the islands are manmade as well. There is definitively a human craving for eternity that can be felt clearly here. Definitively worth being included as world heritage site (application submitted). Very nice easy walk on well maintained path through the mangroves, you have to wade through knee to hipdeep water... More 

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Saipan, Mariana Islands
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91 reviews 91 reviews
13 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

If you do nothing else on Pohnpei, you must see Nan Madol. The stark and striking ruins of a pre-contact civilization call to mind Machu Picchu and Stonehenge.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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79 attraction reviews
493 helpful votes 493 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Nan Mado is a mysterious place that kind of reminded me of Nasca lines in Peru, not because there were any lines or they looked alike, but because this was also a set of ruins without a clear explanation as to how they came to be. I do not think you can find a guide who could tell you very... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

When in Pohnpei you have to go to Nan Madol. It is a mysterious place that will leave you in awe. The stories about Nan Madol is fascinating. This is a must see.

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Chicago, Illinois
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

The trek to Nan Madol is amazing! Make sure to wear a swimsuit because you will trek through the water. Check for low tide when visiting the ruins.

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Prague, Czech Republic
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58 reviews 58 reviews
24 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

Pohnpei Island has not a lot of attraction. Nan Madol is the best! Rent a car and go to southeast place od island. First fee is 1 USD ea at crossway, second fee is 3 USD ea at parking and last fee is 3 USD on the end of road. Walking distance is about one kilometer. Take water shoes yourself!... More 

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