Federated States of Micronesia – Micronesia's 607 islands are home to a vanishing way of life. Pulap Atoll's children show off their acrobatic prowess while the author's cruise ship waits outside the barrier reef.
Lamortrek Atoll – Attracted by the ease and convenience of Western living, the younger generation on remoter Micronesian atolls is turning its back on traditions.
Kapingamarangi Atoll – With no refrigeration on Kapingamarangi Atoll, children are fascinated by ice cubes brought ashore by the crew of expedition cruise ship Silver Discoverer.
Welcome dance – A Lamotrek woman performs a welcome dance upon the arrival of the cruise ship. The islanders had not seen a passenger ship for over a year.
Learning traditional skills – By the age of seven or eight, Lamotrek Atoll's boys will typically be at sea handling their own outrigger canoes and fishing.
Shallow waters – Zodiac inflatable boats from Silver Discoverer are required to enter the shallow Kapingamarangi Lagoon, where islanders live on small houses balanced on the atoll's fringing barrier reef.
Locally sourced – A stroll around Nukuoro's simple pathways reveals abundant starchy food sources: from breadfruit trees and coconut palms to taro plantations and bananas.
Using every part of the coconut – After the coconuts' flesh and water has been used, these copra husks on Woleai are sun-dried then processed for cooking oil.
Nukuoro Atoll – Located just north of the Coral Triangle, the lagoons here have a rich aquatic and coral diversity. The slow-swimming batfish, seen here at Nukuoro Atoll, is a common species.
Yap Cultural Day – Woleai Atoll males are adorned with turmeric body paste during Yap Cultural Day, held at the start of March. The paste is considered a mark of welcome.
The missing generation – After elementary school on the island, Lamotrek's youth will leave for the high school system of larger islands such as Yap. Many will not wish to return to life on the smaller atolls.