Chuuk, Where Tradition and Culture Meet Modern Day Living

When in Chuuk, you will come upon the tallest building in the Federated States of Micronesia, the L5 Hotel, downtown in the capital Weno Island, where Café Laufer treats you with a delightful assortment of refreshing fare.

The Rachel’s Beach Resort offers the latest amenities in a cosy friendly space for work and relaxation, whether you feel like roaming exciting historic sites or chasing a rainbow runner on a boat of your choice.

Sometimes, an overnight stay at Pisar Island is the better option. The Mabuchi Hill, renowned as the Home Of The Navigators, is a good place for wandering through the history of Micronesia’s version of Ut Omnes Unum Sint. Not far from that campus is the nearby Japanese Lighthouse, which affords a panoramic view of the entire Chuuk Lagoon from a lush canopy of foliage.

No matter the type of traveller you are, Chuuk offers spectacular experiences from the sea floor to mountain ridges.

Treat yourself to exciting experiences and a variety of adventures. Go places. Meet people. Visit unique remnants of the intriguing past. Your satisfaction, our passion.

Chuuk State Federated States of Micronesia
– World Capital of Wreck Diving
– Best Modern Recreational Fishing
Traditional Reef and Bottom Fishing Observable

Exploring The Enchanted Islands of Micronesia

Journey across the charming world of Micronesia – where paradise awaits. by Dr Annette Santos.

Situated along the breathtaking waters of the Pacific Ocean, this secluded archipelago — comprised of Guam, Saipan-Rota-Tinian, Palau, Pohnpei, Yap, Chuuk, Kosrae, Nauru and the Marshall Islands — holds a treasure trove of unique experiences for the intrepid traveller. Whether you seek pristine beaches, ancient ruins, vibrant cultures, or thrilling adventures, Micronesia offers a mélange of unparalleled beauty, notable history, and extraordinary moments. Let’s dive into the hidden wonders of this remarkable region.

Vibrant Guam culture
Begin your adventure in Guam, a captivating gem in Micronesia’s crown. Immerse yourself in the vibrant fusion of history, food, and experiences that make up Guam’s culture. Explore the ancient latte stone parks, learn the history of the Spanish colonial era, witness the profound impact of World War II at war memorials like the Malesso Tinta and Faha Massacre sites, Fort Nuestra Señora de la Soledad, and the War in the Pacific National Historical Park that pay homage to the island’s tumultuous past. Delve into the vibrant Chamorro Village and indulge in tantalizing local cuisine. Not too far from the world’s deepest ocean, Guam offers a spectacular underwater experience for snorkelling and diving enthusiasts. Hike Mount Lamlam, the tallest mountain in the world. Experience the warmth of island hospitality along the sun-kissed beaches down Tumon Bay or escape to Ritidian Point Beach for a more peaceful and relaxed setting. The island offers a perfect blend of relaxation and cultural exploration.

Historical significance of The Marianas
Continue your journey to the enchanting islands of Saipan, Rota, and Tinian, collectively forming a trinity of natural wonders and ethereal beauty. Traverse the otherworldly expanse of the Grotto in Saipan, a limestone cavern popular for diving, and bask in the sun as you take in the remarkable view from the Bird Island Observatory lookout point. Experience the haunting tranquillity of the Last Japanese Command Post, a remnant of the Battle of Saipan. On Rota, explore ancient Chamorro culture at Taga Latte Stone Quarry and discover a serene escape with its idyllic beaches and lush landscapes where you may stumble across the Old Japanese Cannon. You might even sneak in some snorkeling to see the amazing underwater caves. Then, hop over to Tinian to explore its historical significance, particularly as a staging point for the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II. Discover pristine and secluded beaches like Taga Beach, Tachogna Beach, or Chulu Beach. Scuba enthusiasts need to experience the underwater Dump Cove and the Tinian Grotto, an incredible cavern diving experience. Each island, with its unique charm, adds a layer to the captivating appeal of this Marianas paradise.

A diver’s paradise in Palau
Moving on to Palau, it is a diver’s paradise and more! Prepare to be enchanted by this mesmerizing destination abounding in majestic coral reefs and colourful marine life. Dive into the famed Jellyfish Lake, where you can swim amidst a surreal display of pulsating jellyfish. By boat, discover the hidden lagoons of the Rock Islands, kayak through emerald waters, and witness the gossamer beauty of the Milky Way lagoon at night. Discover the ancient ruins of Airai and delve into Palauan folklore and traditional customs. Palau’s natural magnificence is hypnotic.

Pohnpei’s prehistoric sites
Next, embark on a voyage to Pohnpei, a haven of tranquility and the site of the remarkable Nan Madol, a UNESCO World Heritage site and an architectural phenomenon of prehistoric stone technology. Traverse the verdant rainforest trails to reach the awe-inspiring Sokehs Rock, a towering basalt outcrop offering breathtaking panoramic views. Immerse yourself in the charming and enigmatic Kepirohi Waterfalls and explore the island’s rich history at the Pohnpei State Museum.

Ancestral traditions of Yap
We journey on to the remote island of Yap to experience a cultural immersion like no other. Witness the intriguing stone money banks, the whispering stone pathways, and enjoy traditional Yapese dancing. Dive beneath the crystal-clear waters and witness the majestic, graceful dance of the manta rays, which gather in numbers unparalleled anywhere else in the world. Unearth the enigmatic stone disc relics and marvel at the unique ancestral traditions that have endured the test of time on this captivating island.

Chuuk’s flourishing reefs
Make way to the island of Chuuk, where a submerged museum containing the remnants of World War II awaits beneath the unassuming turquoise sea. Dive amidst the eerie yet captivating sunken warships that, over time, have transformed into flourishing coral reefs, swarming with vibrant marine life. The astonishing beauty of the Truk Lagoon and its vibrant marine ecosystem are unique experiences you cannot ignore. Unwind in uninhabited tropical islands, where lush landscapes, idyllic beaches, and the gentle lull of the waves offer a serene escape from the rest of the world.

Protected heritage in Kosrae
Next, venture into the hidden paradise of Kosrae, the ‘Jewel of Micronesia’, where verdant rainforests reveal cascading waterfalls and the towering Mount Finkol offers panoramic views. Below the sparkling crystal waters spectacular coral reefs thrive, including the mesmerizing Blue Hole. The ancient relics of Lelu, a UNESCO World Heritage site, reveal Kosrae’s unique cultural tapestry. Engage in local customs, from traditional dances to coconut-infused cuisine and fresh seafood. In this convergence of untouched nature and protected heritage, Kosrae offers a unique blend of pristine landscapes and cultural immersion, adding yet another layer to the enchantment of Micronesia’s islands.

Nauru’s unique landscape
Nauru became an independent republic on 31 January 1968. The native seabirds are plentiful while lush vegetation includes pandanus, coconuts, frangipani, and Indigenous Hardwood Tomanos – Nauru’s national tree. Comprised of a raised central plateau surrounded by a fertile coastal fringe, Nauru’s plateau consists mainly of limestone pinnacles – a truly unique landscape.

Marshall Islands’ diverse marine life
Our journey across Micronesia would not be complete without a visit to the Marshall Islands, a fascinating archipelago steeped in history and surrounded by the pristine beauty of the Pacific. Along its reefs, sea turtles rest and can be seen swimming beneath the calm waters. The Islands’ history speaks of one of the bloodiest battles in all of World War II and in the hauntingly beautiful underwater landscapes, remnants of the U.S. nuclear testing program at Bikini Atoll tells yet another story of the Islands’ resilience and recovery. In the Marshall Islands, observe the building of traditional outrigger canoes and watch them as they are put to sail and where stories about the Islands’ heritage is told from one generation to the next. Admire the crystal-like waters and diverse marine life that has flourished in the absence of human interference.

The Pacific heart
Micronesia – the heart of the Pacific, beckons with each island showcasing its own natural beauty and distinct culture. From the historical significance of Guam and the captivating allure of Saipan, Rota, and Tinian to the underwater wonders of Palau, the serene landscapes of Pohnpei, the cultural richness of Yap, the wartime relics in Chuuk, unique Nauru and the historic and natural fusion in the Marshall Islands, each island unveils a new facet of this enchanting region. So embark on this odyssey, and let the magic of Micronesia capture your heart and soul.

Annette Taijeron Santos, DBA, Interim Dean, School of Business and Communication, Chaminade University of Honolulu, has over
25 years of faculty and administrator experience in higher education, and is recognised for her research in entrepreneurial innovations and her positive engagement with business, government, community and not-for-profit sectors.

Coral Ocean Resort Saipan

Located in a stunning natural setting, Coral Ocean Resort Saipan is a perfect blend of exotic pool and beach club, contemporary dining experiences, and a world-class golf course, all inspired by a theme of wellness.

Enjoy a haven of calm and relaxation amid panoramic views of Saipan’s iconic ocean and surrounded by tropical greenery. Stunning ocean views are featured in all four luxury accommodation options including Deluxe Ocean Rooms and Premier Ocean Rooms while Premier Ocean Corner Rooms also offer views of the picturesque golf course. For a special occasion or for families, the Two Bedroom Villa, discreetly located in a stand-alone building, comprises two bedrooms with separate bathrooms connected by a shared living room space.

Experience a gourmet destination where wellness-inspired dining is available amid exotic poolside vistas. At Restaurant Olé explore a diverse daily menu beginning with healthy breakfast dishes accompanied by signature freshly squeezed juices. Contemporary reinterpretations of Korean Japanese cuisine are on the lunch menu while dinner features a selection of steaks and premium champagnes.

Signature photo zone
Featuring ethereal mists of water fog, the signature photo zone Ocean Ring in the stunning expansive pool is where guests delight in gathering to soak up the ambience. The Beach Club bar is the perfect destination to relax with a signature cocktail in a private cabana or an over-water hammock and soak up a romantic sunset.

Coral Ocean Resort’s signature pool party ‘Bubble Blast’ is held three evenings a week for guests who are 21 years and over. There’s free participation in underwater golf, beach ball, and a beer-pong giveaway game. Delightful welcome drinks and vibrant music enhances the experience.

Fancy a round
The only LPGA-level golf course on Saipan and Guam boasts 18 holes over 7,200 yards. A stunning seaside course designed by PGA Hall of Fame legend Larry Nelson reveals new island vistas at every hole, creating an unforgettable golfing experience.

The Club House offers wonderful guest facilities. For those celebrating a special occasion, the Banquet Room on the second floor can host up to 128 people. And when it’s time to depart, guests can avail themselves of the Lounge on the first floor, a convenient space to relax and await early morning flights.

On a sun-drenched Pacific beach or the manicured lawns of a golf course, feel your stress slip away over the horizon. At Coral Ocean Resort, recharge your body, mind and spirit, and share a getaway to remember.

S&C Hotel & Apartments

S&C Hotel Suites & Apartments offers visitors a central yet quiet location with airport transfers.

Each room offers a terrace, air conditioning, private bathroom, air conditioning, private bathroom, flat-screen TV, desk and water heater plus complimentary tea/coffee and water bottles as a welcome gesture.

All rooms are non-smoking, and some include a kitchen with a fridge and stovetop. As well as full service with daily cleaning, when guests wish to chillax, room service is also available. The property features a lounge and a self-service laundry, and includes free private parking as well as free Wi-Fi.

On-site restaurant & bar
Executive Lounge Restaurant and Bar is where culinary excellence meets warm hospitality. Nestled on the hotel’s second floor, the restaurant offers a symphony of international flavours. As the sun sets, the venue transforms into a vibrant bar where you can unwind, enjoy music, or unleash your inner rockstar with karaoke.

Exclusive car rental
The hotel’s exclusive car rental service gives guests the flexibility to explore at their own speed and in incomparable style. Whether you want a classy sedan for a night out or an adventurous SUV to explore neighbouring picturesque routes, the carefully selected fleet has the right vehicle for any occasion.

Having served valued guests since 2011, S&C Hotel Suites & Apartments is renowned for its superb service, cosy rooms and budget-friendly rates. Here, hospitality is not just a service, it’s a promise.

Airai Water Paradise Hotel & Spa

Surrounded by mountains and facing the dark blue sea, the Airai Water Paradise Hotel & Spa features Palau’s largest and only water park.

The resort’s European architecture offers guests comfortable and intimate spaces, and also features authentic local décor with a large collection of traditional Palauan storyboards in the lobby area.

Variety of accommodation
Accommodations are available in Standard, Jungle View, Ocean View, Ocean View Suite and Honeymoon Suite categories, some with a spa bath. Or, for a tropical experience, choose a classical Palauan-style room.

Designed to suit all travellers, rooms feature modern conveniences such as televisions with satellite programs and air conditioning, with free Wi-Fi at the lobby and restaurant. Divers, students and groups enjoy economical rates combined with excellent service. The resort conveniently offers a free roundtrip airport transfer service that takes approximately 15 minutes from Koror.

Indulge yourself as you relax in the tropics at the Rainbow Spa Cottage where legend has it that the cottage, surrounded by ocean and rainforest, is exactly where rainbows end. Enjoy a massage, aromatherapy or beauty treatment or head to one of the two swimming pools to enjoy a thrilling ride on one of the waterslides.

Savour some of the best local dishes in the restaurant, across from the lobby, while viewing the scenic panorama through the French windows. Children can stay free at the hotel, and there’s also a children’s pool. The free local shuttle helps with guest transfers especially to nearby attractions.


A pretty raised atoll with a surrounding reef which is exposed at low tide, the Republic of Nauru is 19.3 kilometres in circumference and has a land area of 21 square kilometres. Most of the 10,000 population live on the narrow coastal belt.

A small isolated Central Pacific island, it lies some 42 kilometres south of the equator and is readily accessible by regular services on the island’s national carrier, Nauru Airlines, from major Pacific ports including Brisbane and Nadi.

The mining of phosphate has been the mainstay of the island’s economy since the 1900s, providing the locals with a steady source of income. Phosphate reserves are expected to be exhausted in the next few years.

The people
The Indigenous people of Nauru are believed to be of mixed Polynesian, Melanesian and Micronesian descent, with predominantly Micro/Polynesian characteristics. Their native language is Nauruan, though English is used for government and commercial purposes.

Nauru existed as an independent island society until it was annexed by Germany in 1888 and became part of the Marshall Islands protectorate. In 1900 a British company discovered phosphate on the island and negotiated with Germany for mining rights.

In November 1914 Nauru was seized by Australian troops and remained in British control until 1920.

In 1920, when the German colonies were distributed, a League of Nations Mandate was granted to Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain.

In 1947 the island was placed under United Nations Trusteeship and Australia resumed administration on behalf of the three partner governments. Nauru became an independent republic on 31 January 1968.

Native seabirds are plentiful. Vegetation includes pandanus, coconuts, Indigenous hardwood tomano trees, and frangipani. The climate is tropical with temperatures ranging between 24.4°C and 33.9°C, kept temperate by the sea breezes.

The sights
Nauru is made up of a raised central plateau surrounded by a fertile coastal fringe. The plateau, known as ‘topside’ is the site of mining and is, for the most part, made up of limestone pinnacles, a truly unique landscape.

Where to stay
There are two hotels on Nauru, the Menen Hotel and the Od-N-Aiwo Hotel, the tallest building in Nauru and run as a family business.

Getting around
Self-drive cars are available for a daily charge, plus a charge per kilometre. Both hotels operate a courtesy airport service.

Food and entertainment
Traditional feasts are popular. The Menen Hotel’s restaurant serves mainly western style food. The Bay Restaurant in Anibare Bay is a popular venue serving euro-Asian cuisine and popular with tourists and locals alike.

Nauruans play a number of sports, including weight-lifting and Australian rules football. Fishing, scuba diving, and snorkelling are popular. Deep-sea fishing is also available, and inquiries can be made to Capelle & Partner. Inquiries about tours of the mine area can be made at the Menen Hotel and through the Nauru Tourism office at the Civic Centre in Aiwo.

Shopping guide
Menen Hotel Boutique has gifts and books. Other stores sell a variety of food and goods. The Nauru Philatelic Bureau offers a range of sought-after philatelic issues of Nauru.

Paranuii Resort

Paranuii Island has opened to tourism and the new Paranuii Resort offers well-appointed overwater bungalows in a stunning location for both locals and tourists seeking an exclusive getaway.

Bungalows are furnished with a queen or king size bed plus futons. Meals can be prepared and cooked in the bungalows’ well-equipped kitchenettes, or at convenient BBQ areas until the completion of the resort’s Teppanyaki Grill and Coffee Bar Pavilion.

Paranuii Resort features bungalows that stretch out into the surrounding azure lagoon so guests can enjoy taking a dip in the crystal clear water at their doorstep. The main appeal of the island is the many shallow sandy areas, as beautiful beaches form at low tide, making it ideal for swimming as well as stingray-watching. In addition, the Namwen Nahnningi Stingray Sanctuary is within a short distance of the island.

Island of joy
Known formerly – and still by many – as Nahnningi which means Joy Island, Paranuii is one of Pohnpei’s most popular picnic spots and visitors can also avail themselves of refreshing local waterfalls.

Kiteboarding and canoeing are popular activities and there’s good snorkelling and SCUBA diving along the outer reef and at a small channel near close by Mall Island, which has a prehistoric stone tomb located at its north end. Being square in shape, the Paranuii Island is believed by most archaeologists to be man-made and constructed during the Nan Madol Period. Visitors can take in the historical atmosphere at Paranuii Resort as well as enjoy the abundant natural attractions.

Explore the prehistoric
For the more adventurous who want to explore some ruins, not far from Paranuii and linked to Pohnpei’s southeast coast by a short causeway is the large volcanic island of Temwen, famous for the awe-inspiring ruins of Nan Madol itself, off its coast— a megalithic complex on par with Machu Picchu and Angkor Wat.

A prehistoric ‘city’ of more than 90 man-made islets, Nan Madol features large, complex structures comprised of stones as heavy as 90 tons. The islets were a major political and spiritual hub for native Pohnpeians. Between 1200 and 1700 CE, the city served as a religious centre, a royal enclave, a fortress, an urban marketplace, and the high seat of government for the island of Pohnpei.

Nan Madol has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and on the List of World Heritage in Danger, and a wide range of exciting outdoor activities is available. Whether looking for adventure or luxury relaxation, visitors are spoilt for choice at Paranuii Resort.

Kurassa Hotel

Delight in restful accommodation with modern conveniences at Kurassa Hotel.

Featuring a selection of 17 rooms furnished with total relaxation in mind, Kurassa Hotel provides home-away-from-home comfort and convenience during your stay in Chuuk.

There is a telephone and television in each room, as well as comfortable bedding and lounge, table and chairs. Each room also offers kitchen facilities.

Convenient location
United Airlines flies direct to Chuuk from Guam and the hotel is only five minutes from the airport.

Located on Weno Island, Kurassa Hotel offers an excellent base from which to explore the surrounding wonders of Chuuk.

Local insights
The hotel has been family owned and operated for over 40 years and the friendly, helpful staff are happy to provide local insights and information about enjoying the best of Truk Lagoon and nearby dining, activities, and sites.

For added guest convenience, Kurassa Hotel offers free transportation between the airport and hotel plus many services onsite including a tailor shop – which can sew any style of shirts and dresses – and a retail store which can supply any items required for your stay.

The convenient on-site car rental service has six cars available which can be packaged with the room.

Diving mecca
Chuuk is particularly renowned for its wreck diving and Truk Lagoon is considered among the world’s best shipwreck diving destination for both daytime and night diving and attracts divers from all around the world.

Here, more than 80 hulks have been transformed into ship reefs with the very best of the undersea world and maritime history in one site.

Outer Islands accessibility
Surrounded by a string of islets on a barrier reef, Chuuk also includes outer island groups that can be accessed by boat.

Discover a pristine marine life where hard and soft corals in a kaleidoscope of colours offer amazing snorkelling and diving experiences.

Pisar Beach Resort

Nestled on an enchanting island, Pisar Beach Resort offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, vibrant marine life, and a unique sandy beach.

Whether you seek an adventure or relaxation, Pisar Beach Resort promises to captivate and leave an indelible impression.

Jewel of Chuuk
The breathtaking island of Pisar is a jewel in Chuuk State, and the resort is perfectly placed to capture views of the stunning sunsets and enjoy the calming ocean breeze. With its pristine white sandy beach, crystal-clear turquois water, and diverse maritime life, Pisar is a paradise for those seeking an unforgettable tropical experience. It is a secluded yet peaceful and perfect place to escape for a weekend. As soon as visitors arrive on the island, the serene, crystal-clear water beckons people to jump in.

Snorkelling and diving enthusiasts will be awestruck as Pisar Island is home to an abundance of tranquil coral reefs which provide shelter for an array of exotic fish species.

Unique changing beach
Another fascinating feature of the resort is its unique sandy beach. Different from all the other beaches in the lagoon, Pisar is renowned for its changing sand – amazingly, the beach looks different each time you visit. Around a convenient 45-minute boat ride from Chuuk’s capital Weno Island, the resort also offers two speed boats available for guest activities – each of which can accommodate up to eight people. The resort rooms can accommodate up to 20 people and have futons and shower facilities, with cooking utensils also provided. Being a small resort, Pisar Beach Resort has the comfortable ambience of a home, so guests can feel free to unwind or be as active and adventurous as they wish.

Royal Sonesta Kaua’i Resort Lihue

Escape to paradise at The Royal Sonesta Kaua’i Resort Lihue, surrounded by lush, verdant landscapes.

Stay mere moments from stunning stretches of golden sand and an array of thrilling outdoor adventures. Settle into the comfort of well-appointed rooms boasting views of the ocean, gardens, or pool. Enjoy lavish amenities such as four on-site restaurants, beachside spa treatments, the largest one-level pool in Hawaii, a fitness centre, and 27,000 square feet of versatile indoor and outdoor meeting and event space. This Kauai beachfront resort is perfectly located just two miles from Lihue Airport. Enjoy a stress-free arrival and departure with the complimentary shuttle service. This convenient service is available to all resort guests around the clock.

Culinary delights
The resort’s main restaurant Kukui’s on Kalapaki Beach offers culinary delights that blend international and local flavours. Unwind beside the pool as you begin your day with a satisfying breakfast or conclude it with a beautifully crafted tropical drink. Or jumpstart your morning with a rich, aromatic cup of Kaua’i coffee, a steaming latte, a warm fresh-from-the-oven pastry at Aupaka Terrace or enjoy a delectable array of other breakfast treats at this airy terrace spot.

Savour Hawaiian-style dishes, steaks, and seafood at the seaside location of Duke’s Kauai which boasts breathtaking vistas. Indulge in the classic flavours of Italy at Café Portofino, where you can dine al fresco and take in the panoramic ocean views. And for those times when you’d rather stay in, convenient and delicious In-Room Dining is available.

Work out and relax
The resort features a modern, round-the-clock fitness centre equipped with cardio gear, weightlifting machines, free weights, exercise mats, and stability balls. Or pamper yourself with beachside treatments at the Alexander Day Spa & Salon.

The resort’s spa offers a range of services designed for complete relaxation, including beach massages, spa massages, facials, body treatments, and more.

Special activities & events
At The Royal Sonesta Kaua’i Resort Lihue, there is no shortage of special activities to enjoy. A full calendar of complimentary cultural events, wellness classes, and hula performances happen throughout the week. Perfectly situated on the breathtaking Kalapaki Beach, The Royal Sonesta Kaua’i Resort Lihue brings together stunning spaces and unparalleled culinary experiences, creating the ideal setting for that dream wedding, amidst the gorgeous scenery of this beachfront oasis. With dedicated staff handling every detail of your special day, experience a wedding that will be remembered for a lifetime.