What to Wear in Micronesia

Last updated on November 14th, 2021

Despite the romantic notion of skimpy clothes in the South Pacific, the Marshall islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and islands of Pohnpei and Palau demand modest dress for women–calf length skirts, blouses with sleeves to the elbow are most appropriate. A quick dip in the ocean, then COVER UP! You’ll be more comfortable meeting the delightful, gentle island people when you are dressed appropriately.

Sharon, Eugene, USA

Wear long dresses that are below the knee. It is considered very rude and inappropriate to expose the thighs or rear to males. Always bring a sarong (lava lava) even when swimming.

Heidi, Mountain View, Hawaii

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