Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Snorkeling in Pohnpei

We have been on the island for nearly five months and haven't so much as gotten a toe wet (except for the giant mud puddles) so we decided that the next best thing to a snorkel trip is a visit to a local fish market.  On our last snorkel trip with the Budges and Widmers in Hawaii we saw lots of beautiful yellow, orange, silver and blue tropical fish.  And here they are on full display on a Costco type table at a local fish market.  You will notice that some of them have small holes in their sides.  This is due to a spear.
 At the fish market these colorful fish are sold rather quickly.  They lose a little of their color out of water but are still strikingly beautiful.  The local fishermen go out to spear fish at night.  The fish are sleeping and are easier to approach.
 This is the local market along the side of the road.  They are stocked with food items that are found in the larger stores in town.  The skirt in a typical one worn by most of the Pohnpeian women.  The green plants hanging along the entryway are the betel nuts that so many of the people chew.  That's another story for a different blog.  The yuck factor on those who chew this stuff is off the charts.

1 comment:

  1. Do they have any colorful shirts or shorts for you dad? If not, maybe a local can make one for you!