Micronesia: a visit to the not-so-"lost" city of nan madol 

click to flip through (2) PHOTO CREDIT MITCHELL SMYTH/MERIDIAN WRITERS' GROUP - Walkers explore the ruins of Nan Madol, built on basalt columns for the dynasty that ruled the island until it was overthrown in the 16th century.

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The battle cost 1,800 American lives (with a further 6,500 wounded.) And the awful thing is that they, and the Japanese defenders, probably died in vain, for historians say that by late 1944 U.S. bombing had reduced Peleliu to a negligible threat to the planned invasion of the Philippines. Even at the time, Admiral "Bull" Halsey suggested that they simply bypass Peleliu, but Admiral Chester Nimitz ruled that the island must be taken.

Two much more pleasant reasons for visiting Peleliu are its beaches and scuba diving. For scuba enthusiasts Peleliu Wall, off the southwest tip of the island, is one of the world's finest dives, an abrupt 270-metre (885-foot) drop.


Peleliu is in the Republic of Palau, part of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) in the western Pacific Ocean, just north of the equator.

For more information go to the FSM Visitors Board website at http://visit-fsm.org/visitors.

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