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Health & safety

Dangers & annoyances

Catch them at the right time and the Chuukese can be friendly, but you should know that Chuuk has a reputation. High unemployment rates, economic malaise and a general dissatisfaction among young men mean that trouble is never far away. Male and female travellers alike should not venture out after dark, even in a car.

If you must go out at night, do so at your own risk; travellers tell numerous tales of raucous bars becoming bottle-hurling scenes in the blink of an eye. Stick to the tamer bars at the Truk Stop hotel and Blue Lagoon Resort.

Don't accept lifts in vehicles or boats from strangers and don't hitchhike under any circumstances.

Foreign women walking alone will probably be subject to constant verbal harassment; take a taxi or walk around in a group.