Micronesia consists of more than 600 tiny islands in the eastern Pacific, north of Papua New Guinea. People are poor, and rely on subsistence farming and fishing to survive. Tourists are as rare as tourist facilities. The island of Yap is notable for its uses of huge stones as money.

The capital, Palikir, is on the largest island. It is one of the wettest places in the world and has no dry season. The islands achieved independence from the USA in 1986 after being administered by the Americans since World War II. The islands had previously been controlled by Japan, Germany and Spain.


Micronesia flag

Why you should go:

You are a Pacific island-nation completist.

Why you shouldn't:

You hate the rain.

Map of Micronesia