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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Len P
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Willow Springs, Illinois
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Willow Springs, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed June 2, 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 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 stars Reviewed April 20, 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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Washington D.C.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016

Located on Pohnpei’s southeastern coast, Nan Madol is a complex of nearly 100 architectural sites built during the 12th century atop a coral reef flat. Scientists and archeologists are still unsure exactly how islanders transported the massive basalt monoliths that make up the structures, but agree that the sites were built as homes for high-ranking religious and political leaders. Nan... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2016

Step back in time. Think about how this place was built? Massive basalt pillars and rocks moved with ease? Must have been done with magic or beings from another planet. To visit and wonder. A must see on anyone's bucket list.

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2016

I was blown away by this amazing place. If you make it to Pohnpei, you are silly to miss this. it is a bit of a drive out of town but these ruins are spectacular. Be certain to read up on them before you go. Also be sure to check whether it is low or high tide! If high, you... More 

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Beaufort, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2016

I lived in this area as a Peace Corps volunteer, and loved to visit. It is difficult to get to now that The Village Hotel, one of the only reputable hotels on the island, no longer is in operation. This site was featured on underwater mysteries due to possible submerged ruins in the area. (Later proved to be a coral... More 

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Suva, Fiji
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2016

it is a lost city within Pohnpei but no one knows exact details. Several version of a tale exists but a must visit in FSM. Took at least 60 min from city and a guide is a must. A long walk and must be ready to wet below the knee depending on the tide.

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2016

Its well worth the hassle to get to. To get there, first understand that almost all land in the FSM is private. This means you need permission to cross peoples lands to get to Nan Madol. If you can manage to find a ride out there (It is over 40 minutes from Kolonia.) and it is low tide, you can... More 

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