Nan Madol, Kolonia

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Must see · World heritage site · Ruin · Tourist Spot
Described by locals as "the city built on coral reefs," Nan Madol was inhabited as early as the 1st or 2nd century CE. Constructed within a lagoon, the city consisted of a series of artificial islands linked by canals. Today, the semi-submerged site can only be explored by taking a kayaking tour. Drive or take a boat to the island, and then paddle to the man-made islands and their ancient ruins, preserving the story of a long-lost civilization. Prepare for your adventure by wearing footwear suitable for rugged terrain, and don't forget to bring plenty of bug spray. To visit Nan Madol and get the most from your holiday in Kolonia, create itinerary details personal to you using our Kolonia day trip website.
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  • This place will leave you in all awe. A very mysterious place,might want to visit at night. Be ready for a experience of a lifetime.  more »
  • It's a little hard to find the right road an turn-off to get to, but is well worth the visit. There are three people to pay in order to visit. $1 for parking, $3 pass through fee, and $5 at the...  more »
  • Visiting Nan Madol always give me the feels! Very easy trail, path is tame and well maintained, and expect to get wet. They now provide a small raft for crossing the waters. They said the best way to explore Nan Madol is by boat. 👍
  • Amazing place to visit. It's fascinating to see the sophisticated infrastructure of this town. Did you know that it was build 800 years ago? The locals built it using giant heavy rocks. They had to get it from a quarry about 10 miles away from the town. We can learn about the resilience and hard work of the people in Micronesia. They took pride in building this town. The facade of the town remains hidden in thick undergrowth but its essence will remain forever.

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