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Micronesia: Scenic island-hopping and a lesson in letting go

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This Oct. 30, 2017 photo shows a view from the top of a WWII-era lighthouse in Chuuk, Micronesia. (AP Photo/Nicole Evatt)
This Oct. 23, 2017 aerial photo shows the thin strip of coral atolls separating the ocean from the lagoon in Majuro, Marshall Islands. (AP Photo/Nicol...
This Oct. 23, 2017 photo shows intricately woven baskets and accessories, which are traditional crafts made by locals in Majuro, Marshall Islands. (AP...
This Oct. 29, 2017 photo shows Jeep Island, a private island paradise located in Chuuk, Micronesia. The dive shop at the Truk Blue Lagoon Resort can a...
This Oct. 29, 2017 underwater photo shows the hull of a WWII shipwreck in Chuuk Lagoon, Micronesia. The U.S. sank more than 50 Japanese ships in the l...
This Oct. 26, 2017 photo shows the Kepirohi Waterfall located near the ancient city of Nan Madol in Pohnpei, Micronesia. (AP Photo/Nicole Evatt)
This Oct. 30, 2017 photo shows a hidden cave and an artillery battery dating from the Japanese occupation of Chuuk, Micronesia, during WWII. (AP Photo...
This Oct. 26, 2017 photo shows colorful floral skirts for sale in Pohnpei's capital city of Kolonia in Micronesia. The skirts are a fashion staple thr...
This Oct. 23, 2017 photo captures a sunset on Eneko Island, a private island in Majuro, Marshall Islands. Reservations can be made through Hotel Rober...
This Oct. 26, 2017 photo shows a kayak, winding through dense mangroves to reach the 13th century ruins in the ancient city of Nan Madol in Pohnpei, M...
This Oct. 29, 2017 photo shows the dive shop at the Truk Blue Lagoon Resort, which offers diving tours through the WWII shipwrecks located in Chuuk La...
This Oct. 26, 2017 photo shows the spectacular ruins of the ancient city of Nan Madol in Pohnpei, Micronesia. Located about an hour drive from the cap...

This Oct. 30, 2017 photo shows a view from the top of a WWII-era lighthouse in Chuuk, Micronesia. (AP Photo/Nicole Evatt)

This Oct. 23, 2017 aerial photo shows the thin strip of coral atolls separating the ocean from the lagoon in Majuro, Marshall Islands. (AP Photo/Nicol...

This Oct. 23, 2017 photo shows intricately woven baskets and accessories, which are traditional crafts made by locals in Majuro, Marshall Islands. (AP...

This Oct. 29, 2017 photo shows Jeep Island, a private island paradise located in Chuuk, Micronesia. The dive shop at the Truk Blue Lagoon Resort can a...

This Oct. 29, 2017 underwater photo shows the hull of a WWII shipwreck in Chuuk Lagoon, Micronesia. The U.S. sank more than 50 Japanese ships in the l...

This Oct. 26, 2017 photo shows the Kepirohi Waterfall located near the ancient city of Nan Madol in Pohnpei, Micronesia. (AP Photo/Nicole Evatt)

This Oct. 30, 2017 photo shows a hidden cave and an artillery battery dating from the Japanese occupation of Chuuk, Micronesia, during WWII. (AP Photo...

This Oct. 26, 2017 photo shows colorful floral skirts for sale in Pohnpei's capital city of Kolonia in Micronesia. The skirts are a fashion staple thr...

This Oct. 23, 2017 photo captures a sunset on Eneko Island, a private island in Majuro, Marshall Islands. Reservations can be made through Hotel Rober...

This Oct. 26, 2017 photo shows a kayak, winding through dense mangroves to reach the 13th century ruins in the ancient city of Nan Madol in Pohnpei, M...

This Oct. 29, 2017 photo shows the dive shop at the Truk Blue Lagoon Resort, which offers diving tours through the WWII shipwrecks located in Chuuk La...

This Oct. 26, 2017 photo shows the spectacular ruins of the ancient city of Nan Madol in Pohnpei, Micronesia. Located about an hour drive from the cap...

POHNPEI STATE, Micronesia (AP) — A trip to Micronesia means island-hopping, stargazing, wreck-diving and scenic views.

But be prepared for the unpredictable. You won't be competing with crowds to see sights like the ancient city of Nan Madol on the island of Pohnpei (PAWN-PAY) but you might be frustrated by the relative lack of a tourist infrastructure in many places. It's a great destination for unplugging, but for travelers accustomed to having everything planned out just so, it's also a lesson in letting go.

Travelers can access the islands via United Airline's Island Hopper route from Honolulu to Guam. In addition to Pohnpei, stops include Majuro (MAH-zhu-row), a coral atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, 4 ½ hours from Hawaii, and Chuuk (CHOOK) State, a large atoll known for world-class wreck diving.