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Nan Madol, the forgotten city in the Pacific

Avatar of Nick John By Nick John Dec30,2023 #forgotten #Madol #Pacific
Nan Madol, the forgotten city in the Pacific 1
Nan Madol, the forgotten city in the Pacific 1

Arriving at Nan Madol on a small boat, we had no idea of the devastation we were about to see.

Boating to explore Nan Mandol.

Fact and fiction about Nan Madol are intertwined, leaving people unsure of what to believe.

Why did people build this city?

While the magical element of the story is still debated, one thing is clear: people abandoned this land in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Nan Madol, the forgotten city in the Pacific

The walls are covered with breadfruit trees.

Nan Madol is most beautiful when viewed from underwater.

If Nan Madol were in another part of the world, it would surely attract thousands of tourists every day, because it truly is a one-of-a-kind place.

Nan Madol, the forgotten city in the Pacific

Nan Madol is most beautiful when viewed from underwater.

The Pohnpei people are wary of the influx of tourists disrupting the sacredness of the land, but on the other hand, an island that has to rely on outside subsidies would gain a lot of resources if it opened up to development.

Ownership of this land belongs to Nahnmwarki, head of the southeastern autonomous region of Pohnpei.

Until then, those who don’t mind the long and winding road to Pohnpei and Nan Madol will have the opportunity to explore this land that still remains wonderfully wild.

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