United Island Hopper: HNL-MAJ-KWA-KSA-PNI-TKK-GUM

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    Its something I've wanted to do since first finding out about it shortly after the United/Continental merger- spend 14 hours on a plane getting from Honolulu to Guam. United flight 154 travels westbound 3 days a week out of HNL and makes several stops in the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia. Some of these places redefine the middle of nowhere: isolated coral atolls, lush tropical isles, and specs of land just big enough for a runway.

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    route map courtesy of United Hemispheres Magazine​

    I scored my ticket on the island hopper using a cheap fare from Sacramento to Manila as part of a larger mileage run; usually tickets to some of these places run into the thousands of dollars but occasionally this routing is available for less on trips from North America to Asia going through Guam. If you're interested, using miles is also a great way to go; I believe a round trip saver award from Hawaii is only 35,000 miles and you can use a stopover to visit one of the places along the way.

    As I like to do with trip reports, I'll let the pictures do most of the talking on this one. I'm working on updating my blogs (links below ;) ) if you want to read and see more, but wanted to give you guys here at milepoint an exclusive first look at my journey across the Pacific. Hope you enjoy!
     
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    Check in at HNL

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    First flight of the day

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    Gate 25 at HNL

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    Sunrise between HNL and MAJ
     
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    pretty rainbow!

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    Majuro Atoll

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    MAJ airport
     
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    rain on the window

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    stormy weather

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    Welcome to the Marshall Islands
     
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    Our stop was about 45 minutes and there was a small transit lounge at MAJ

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    ...I preferred to stand outside

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    ...and look at our plane

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    boarding: Next stop KWA
     
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    ice chests: luggage of choice on the island hopper

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    ramp worker out in the rain. Also note flooding by the seawall

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    United's competition- wow, someone else flies to Majuro
     
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    shortly after takeoff from MAJ

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    runway towards the lower left

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    Clear skies ahead. 42 minutes en route to KWA.

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    First glimpse of Kwajalein Atoll
     
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    Welcome to Kwajalein

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    US Army fuel truck

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    Our flight had a mechanic on board. Here he is talking to the ground crew. Also note old DC-8 (N71CX) in the background.
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    leaving Kwajalein
     
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    shortly after takeoff from KWA. 6,000 ft. runway.

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    Next stop: KSA
     
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    another rainbow :) About an hour time flying time to KSA

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    Kosrae

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    Very interesting trip report.
     
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    End of the runway

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    Kosrae airport

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    Back on the plane. Next stop PNI
     
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    taking off from Kosrae

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    en route to PNI

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    small atoll near Pohnpei

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    old Continental Micronesia poster in the terminal at PNI
     
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    leaving Pohnpei

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    on the way to Chuuk
     
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    Barrier reef around Chuuk's lagoon


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    There are a bunch of islands inside of Chuuk's massive lagoon

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    ...and more rainbows
     
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    landing at TKK

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    the infamous airport motel
     
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    Welcome to Chuuk

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    dive map inside the Chuuk airport

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    last time getting on the plane at TKK

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    more islands

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    and one last rainbow

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