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 Federated States of Micronesia - General Info

Time Zone

Yap, Chuuk, UTC +10.

Pohnpei, Kosrae, UTC +11.

Yachting Essentials

Voltage: 120 V

Frequency: 60 Hz

Money

United States dollar (US$)

Credit cards are accepted in some places.

There is an ATM on Pohnpei and Chuuk.

Communications

International Dialing Code is +691.

Cellphone GSM Frequencies: 900 (This means you will need a GSM cellphone that will work on 900MHz to use it in the Federated States of Micronesia.)

It costs just $10 to get a sim card. If you are not sure your phone will work here, they have a test sim you can try before you buy. Once you have a sim card, you recharge with recharge cards, available from Telecom and most local stores.

Outgoing local cell phone calls are $.15/minute. State-to-state calls are $.50/minute peak and $.30/min off peak. There is no charge for incoming calls.Up to date rate info is here: http://www.telecom.fm/wireless/rates.htm

There is wifi internet access in most of the populated areas in the FSM. Check the nearby resorts. In Pohnpei, the FSMTC signal is available all over town (and in the anchorage). To use these, connect to any FSMTC SSID, make a log-in via your browser, and then use any "recharge card" (the same ones you use for cell phone) to add money to the account. The data rate is pricey, ($.08 per Mb), but it's widely available. Several of the local restaurants and bars also have free wifi for their patrons. (Ocean View, Rusty Anchor, etc).

Last updated March 2014.

Diplomatic Missions

Australian Embassy
PO Box S, Kolonia, Pohnpei, FM 96941
Tel: (+691) 320-5448
U.S. Embassy
PO Box 1286, Kolonia, Pohnpei, FM 96941
Tel:(+691) 320-2187

Events

Annual GAM at Mangrove Bay Marina
Please contact John Ranahan at joranahan@gmail.com
26 December, 2014.

Publications

IMRAY AND ADLARD COLES PILOT BOOKS are available at a discounted price for Noonsite.com users via World Cruising Club

South Pacific Handbook
By David Stanley
Published by Avalon Travel Publishing (8th edition, 2005)
ISBN 978-1566914116
This the last published edition but copies may be available from Amazon.com
You will find the best of the South Pacific—both popular and obscure—in this guidebook. Moon Handbooks South Pacific provides in-depth coverage of all outdoor recreation, including yachting. Complete with helpful maps, photographs and illustrations, as well as useful advice on practicalities such as food, entertainment, shopping, visas, money, health, packing, and inter-island travel.

Landfalls of Paradise: Cruising Guide to the Pacific Islands
By Earl R. Hinz and Jim Howard
Published by University of Hawaii Press (5th edition 2006)
ISBN 9780824830373
The fifth edition of this sailing standard includes updated charts and text reflecting changes in regulations and facilities for most countries and specific ports of entry. New appendices include procedures for entry to Australia, which are more exacting than most Pacific landfalls, and an extensive list of information sources: cruising guidebooks, important general tourist guides, chart suppliers, and key web sites for the countries covered by "Landfalls of Paradise"

The Pacific Crossing Guide
By Michael Pocock, Revised by Ros Hogbin
Publisher: Adlard Coles; 2nd edition (August 2011)
ISBN-13: 978-0713661828
See the detailed review

South pacific Anchorages
By Warwick Clay
Published by Imray (2nd edn 2001 - no updates)
ISBN: 9780852884829
Details of harbours and anchorages in the pacific south of the equator between New Guinea and South America. It gives useful information and hundreds of anchorages over the Pacific in Polynesia, Micronesia and Melanesia (between the Galapagos Is and New Zealand). Covers up to 20°N and does not include Hawaii. Black & white with no photos.

Pohnpei Visitors Bureau

Micronesia A useful article by David Stanley.

SV Carina - Liveaboards in Pohnpei
Philip and Leslie have spent extended time in the capital of FSM and their blog has a lot of useful info.
http://www.sv-carina.org/

Waa-gey
http://www.waagey.org/
A community-based organization that uses traditional skills to confront the social, economic and environmental challenges faced by the people of Micronesia's most remote outer islands.

SY Soggy Paws - Feb to June 2014
Soggy Paws transitted Micronesia from Feb - June 2014 and hung out in Palau through Fall 2014. Their Micronesia Compendium has alot of very useful information plus links to other cruisers who have spent time in this area.

Update History

October 2017: Kosrae Fees updated by Caramel and Claude on Koukouri.
February 2017: Assistance offered by Smith of Kosrae to chase cruising permits, passed on by SY The Lark.
January 2017: Formalities all checked and updated by Gina Lillemork Nilsen.
January 2016: Fees for Kosrae updated by Eric of SY Ariel IV as confirmed by Kosrae Port Captain.
January 2016: Formalities checked.
June 2015: Publications checked
December 2014: Checked and updated Immigration and Customs.
January 2014: Update on Entry Procedures and fees for Kosrae from Katrina Adams, secretary for the Kosrae Chamber of Commerce Board.
March 2013: Much information on Chuuk fees and the Outer Islands of Yap from Desiré Welgemoed.
March 2012: Yap State updates from Scott Leis.

Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
Please E-mail noonsite with any new information, updates or corrections. Even just a short email confirming that the current data is accurate would be most helpful.

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Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Mar 21, 2016 03:02 PM

Posted on behalf of SY ARIEL IV - Kosrae Updates:

This is the Swedish sailing vessel Ariel IV, out on our second circumnavigation. We did the Northwest passage in 2010 and were cruising in the Pacific the last year, and we now have some good news for all the boats going to Micronesia and especially Kosrae (FSM).

After a long time of both high port fees and confusions we can confirm that yachts now only have to pay 30 dollars for 90 days and then 1 dollar a day after that. No Custom or Immigration fees! There is also a Quarantine fee of 25 dollars.
The port control were very helpful and nice.

There are now two ATM machines that do take VISA cards, and others!

Smith, who is the helpful man at ACE Hardware, has a car that we can use for all purposes.

New fantastic hike can be done down in the village of Tafonsak, ask for the Mayor, pay him 10 dollars per head and ask for Lasarus to take you on a fantastic hike and swim up river and to the waterfalls!

We also stayed one night inside the Otwa anchorage bay and there are two red mooring buoys which are alright in normal weather conditions. Beautiful anchorage and close to the inland mangrove area which you can explore if you have kayaks or SUPs or with a local guide on an outrigger.

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