25 May, 2009

Kolonia – The Main City of Pohnpei


Kolonia is a city in Pohnpei, at the Federal States of Micronesia. It is a relatively small city with 4,500 habitants and it is known with several different names; among them are the Colony Koronia, Colony Town, Colonia, Koronia, Kolonie, Ponape Town. Although the origins of the name are not completely clear, it is believed that it took its name due to the colonial regime of the Micronesia Archipelago and the several foreign reigns throughout its long history.

Although Palikir is the capital city of Pohnpei, Kolonia is the main city of the island as well as the cultural hub of this state. There are several art shops and craftshops in the city. The Spanish wall featured there is also among the top tourist attractions in Micronesia, included in every travel guide.

Tourists who come to the island and this city in particular come to enjoy the amazing waters of the region; the city has world class surfing, due to the amazing geological structure. The Coral reef of Palikir Pass which is in close proximity to the shores of the city is known for the wave breaks. There are boats taking off both from the city of Kolonia and Palikir that take travellers to the reef to enjoy the waves, or just to practice dive and snorkelling, the other popular activities of the region. The city has the amazing privileged to be built between the ocean and the jungle – crossing the jungle and reaching the shores of the city is considered to be one of the most scenic routes on the island.

Although the island doesn’t feature many hotel resorts the city of Kolonia boasts the only jungle resort on Pohnpei. It is set amidst the jungle but offers incredible views of the ocean. There are bungalows and studios as well as private villas for the guests and visitors.

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