The Pohnpei Surf Club does offer boat trips to Nan Madol.
Nan Madol is a ruined city that lies off the eastern shore of the island of Pohnpei that was the capital of the Saudeleur dynasty until about 1628. It is in the present day Madolenihmw district of Pohnpei state, in the Federated States of Micronesia in the western Pacific Ocean. The city consists of a series of small artificial islands linked by a network of canals. The site core with its stone walls encloses an area approximately 1.5 km long by 0.5 km wide and it contains nearly 100 artificial islets—stone and coral fill platforms—bordered by tidal canals.
The name Nan Madol means “spaces between” and is a reference to the canals that crisscross the ruins. The original name was Soun Nan-leng (Reef of Heaven), according to Gene Ashby in his book Pohnpei, An Island Argosy. It is often called the “Venice of the Pacific.
The usual tour to Nan Madol leaves our dock based on the Pohnpei tides for that day taking you for a boat ride around 1/3 of the island of Pohnpei, from the Northern most point of the island to the east tip of Pohnpei where Nan Madol is located.
Our first stop is at Manta Road. On the location around 15 minutes away from our dock we can swim, snorkel and scuba dive with the manta rays. On most days you will be able to witness one to ten manta rays feeding on plankton in schools of other bait fish, trevallys, small sharks and other reef fish. The waters at Manta Road are usually very calm but currents can get strong. The manta rays usually aggregate during low tide so we try to always be there 30 minutes before peak low tide.
Between Manta Road and Nan Madol we will do a few more stop at scenic places to snorkel or stop at a unspoiled island with a beautiful beach to have lunch while we wait for the tides to come up in order to be able to enter Nan Madol by boat (we can only access Nan Madol by the water under a mid high to high tide).
From there you should have enough time to explore this mysterious site before we go back to our hotel.
This trip can last around 5 to 6 hours from the time we leave dock.
The Pohnpei Surf Club will provide for this trip drinking water, mask and fins (but if you have your own we suggest you also bring it), Nan Madol entrance fee (around $7) a snack (one of the following, banana bread, cookies, bananas or coconuts). We highly recommend guests bring some extra food. Take out tour lunch can be ordered at PCR Restaurant. Please make sure to order your lunch by the night before or ask our staff to order for you when you book your tour.
Bring sun block, bathing suit and any water toys you might want to use during this trip. You will get wet so prepare accordingly.
The price for this tour is $95 per person and we need a minimum of 3 guests to get this trip going. If you are on your own please check with our reservation desk as we might have more guests signed up for the trip on the desired day.
For more information on Nan Madol please check out Wikipedia’s link to the site at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nan_Madol
For booking this trip please e-mail us at email@example.com or call 691 3207845