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Kolonia is the capital of the Federated States of Micronesia, located on the island of Pohnpei in the Pacific Ocean. It is a small town of approximately 4,000 people, and is the main center of government, education, and commerce for the entire nation.

Kolonia is situated in the western part of Pohnpei, on the eastern side of the island’s main harbor, Kolonia Bay. The town is surrounded by lush rainforest, and is located near the peak of the island’s highest mountain, Mount Nanlaud.

Kolonia was first settled by the Spanish in the late 1700s, and was originally called Madolenihmw. The town was later renamed Kolonia in 1885, after the Spanish colonial capital of the Caroline Islands. During the Spanish colonial period, Kolonia served as the administrative center of the region, and the Spanish built a number of churches and other buildings in the town.

In 1899, the German Empire took control of the Caroline Islands, and Kolonia became the capital of the German colony. During this period, the town grew in size and infrastructure, and the German colonial government built a number of public buildings, including a hospital and a school.

In 1914, Japan took control of the Caroline Islands, and Kolonia became the capital of the Japanese South Seas Mandate. The Japanese built a number of public works projects in the town, including a new port and an airport. After World War II, the United States took control of the Caroline Islands, and Kolonia became the capital of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands.

In 1979, the Federated States of Micronesia was formed, and Kolonia became the capital of the new nation. Since then, the town has continued to grow and develop, and is now a vibrant center of government, education, and commerce.

Excursion tips for a day in Kolonia

As a tourist in Kolonia, Micronesia, there are many activities to enjoy in the area. Here are some of the top things to do on a day trip:

1. Visit the Japanese Zero Monument, a memorial to the Japanese fighter plane that crashed during World War II.

2. Explore the ruins of the Spanish-era Catholic Church, which was built in the 1800s.

3. Take a boat tour of the surrounding islands, including Pohnpei and Kosrae.

4. Visit the Kolonia Town Market to sample local produce and purchase souvenirs.

5. Take a guided tour of the historic Kolonia Town, including the old Spanish Fort and the old government buildings.

6. Enjoy the beaches of Kolonia, including the popular Kepirohi Beach.

7. Take a hike to the nearby Nan Madol ruins, a complex of ancient stone structures built on a coral reef.

8. Visit the nearby Pohnpei State Museum to learn about the history and culture of the island.

9. Try your luck at the local casino and enjoy some of the island's nightlife.

10. Go snorkeling and explore the vibrant coral reefs and sea life of the area.

Experience Kolonia with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Kolonia. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Kolonia

Kolonia in Micronesia has an equatorial climate, with temperatures ranging from 78°F to 86°F year-round and an average of 80°F. The wet season, which lasts from May to October, is characterised by heavy rain and high humidity. During the dry season, which runs from November to April, temperatures are slightly cooler and humidity is lower. The weather is generally sunny and pleasant throughout the year, with occasional rain showers and typhoons during the wet season.

Cruise weather for Kolonia

Our weather forecast for Kolonia helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Feb. 21st 2024 Feb. 21st 2024 max: 27.8 °C
min: 27.1 °C
38.5 m/s
44.3 m/s
96.2 %
15.9 m
83.3 %
1,011 hPa
Feb. 22nd 2024 Feb. 22nd 2024 max: 28.1 °C
min: 27.6 °C
37.8 m/s
45.7 m/s
95.3 %
23.6 m
82.9 %
1,011 hPa
Feb. 23rd 2024 Feb. 23rd 2024 max: 28.2 °C
min: 27.8 °C
38.5 m/s
46.1 m/s
98.6 %
22.9 m
83.0 %
1,010 hPa
Feb. 24th 2024 Feb. 24th 2024 max: 28.1 °C
min: 27.4 °C
34.9 m/s
41.4 m/s
100.0 %
20.7 m
82.6 %
1,009 hPa
Feb. 25th 2024 Feb. 25th 2024 max: 27.6 °C
min: 26.3 °C
26.6 m/s
28.1 m/s
100.0 %
21.0 m
83.3 %
1,008 hPa
Feb. 26th 2024 Feb. 26th 2024 max: 27.8 °C
min: 26.9 °C
24.1 m/s
25.4 m/s
97.0 %
14.8 m
80.6 %
1,008 hPa
Feb. 27th 2024 Feb. 27th 2024 max: 27.4 °C
min: 26.7 °C
8.3 m/s
9.0 m/s
94.1 %
13.4 m
78.8 %
1,008 hPa
Feb. 28th 2024 Feb. 28th 2024 max: 28.1 °C
min: 26.8 °C
13.7 m/s
14.8 m/s
88.0 %
17.8 m
77.0 %
1,008 hPa
Feb. 29th 2024 Feb. 29th 2024 max: 28.1 °C
min: 27.5 °C
27.0 m/s
31.0 m/s
85.1 %
16.2 m
79.1 %
1,008 hPa
Mar. 1st 2024 Mar. 1st 2024 max: 27.6 °C
min: 27.2 °C
33.8 m/s
37.4 m/s
95.6 %
13.0 m
82.5 %
1,008 hPa
Mar. 2nd 2024 Mar. 2nd 2024 max: 27.9 °C
min: 27.3 °C
34.9 m/s
36.0 m/s
99.1 %
18.2 m
78.8 %
1,008 hPa
Mar. 3rd 2024 Mar. 3rd 2024 max: 28.0 °C
min: 27.4 °C
35.3 m/s
36.4 m/s
93.7 %
24.1 m
73.9 %
1,008 hPa
Mar. 4th 2024 Mar. 4th 2024 max: 28.0 °C
min: 27.5 °C
31.0 m/s
31.7 m/s
91.8 %
24.1 m
73.4 %
1,008 hPa

Cruises to Kolonia

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Scheduled ship calls in Kolonia, Micronesia
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