South Pacific Island Hopper – 4 of 5

South Pacific Island Hopper – 4 of 5

Aloha, and welcome back to the United Island hopper!

As we begin the home stretch of our six flight journey, I’ve decided to do a bit of condensing and give you two flights in just one article!

Since we’ve covered the basics of Island hopping and you likely feel more than comfortable handling this increased workload, we’ll do this in the one-after-the-other style the Island Hopper operates in. So fire up that MCP-Pro, run through your Pro Yoke checklists and get ready to roll!

When we last left off, we had just landed on the island of Kosrae, and officially reach the half-way point (in the number of flights, at least) of our Island-hopping tirade.

Next, we’ll be headed to Pohnpei, which lies about halfway between Honolulu in Hawaii, and Manilla in the Philippines.

In case you hadn’t noticed, all of our tropical stops have followed one basic theme- the islands get bigger as we go on. That trend continues as we reach our next stop, Pohnpei. This mountainous island is largely uninhabited, but is also large in size, at 334 Square Kilometers. For comparison, our first stop- Majuro Atoll- occupied just 9.7 Square Kilometers.

Nevertheless, Pohnpei is still a small island, at just over half the size of Oahu in Hawaii.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygdywg_M2y4

You can find the FlightAware Data for this flight here, and the approach plates for Pohnpei here.

Taking off from this tropical destination offers some truly spectacular views. On a clear day, you can see the vast, untouched forest and mountainous terrain engulfing the majority of Pohnpei’s land.

As our trusty 737 once again ferries us across the vast expanses of the Pacific Ocean, we quickly arrive at Chuuk, the final destination before our flight to Guam.

You can find the FlightAware Data for this flight here, and the approach plates for Chuuk here.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95WiHY1SINY

Chuuk breaks our progressively-larger-island trend, measuring in at just 122 Square Kilometers. While this may seem minuscule (and it is by many standards), Chuuk is still over 10 times the size of Majuro. Chuuk, like Pohnpei, is also located in the Federated States of Micronesia- and thus is another example of the benefits of the US’ Compact of Free Association with the island nation.

And with that, we’ve arrived at our last stop before the big finale- Chuuk to Guam. Stop by next week for the full report!

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