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Dive Review of Kosrae Nautilus Resort in

July, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Chuck & Julie Feinberg, New York, USA
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Report Number 4388
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
0-25 dives
Where else diving
Sipidan Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Truk Lagoon, Yap,Bikini(Marshall
Islands), New York Wrecks
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Try to stay with the Dive Master but not really restricted since the Dive
Master will follow you while he drags a float behind him.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Always a large fresh water box for cameras. Workers handled all cameras
professionally. Rarely were there currents so you could get up close and
personal with all types of critters. Fish tend to be curious of divers and
not shy away since this island has not been overrun with divers and dive
boats. The most amazing hard coral in the world with some many small
critters hiding in the nooks and crannies in the hard coral.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
This was our second time back to the Kosrae Nautilus Resort. The last time
was for only one week but we were so impressed that we booked for two weeks
and opted out of going to another island. We love to get to know a specific
dive area so that we can dive in a totally relaxed manner. The first time
was overwhelming to the point that we got certain sites confused with
others. Now we intimately know most of the sites(we still get lost in the
mazes between the overlapping corals).You are picked up at the airport by
the most friendly staff member(Silek, who also worked in the restaurant and
was an important part of the dive team) and taken back to the resort which
takes about 20 minutes. There you are either greeted by the owners Doug or
his wife, Sally. All paper work is done quickly and off you go to your
huge, immaculate room. Two large beds, nice refrig and nice bathroom with
super water pressure.Great airconditionar. Fresh drinking water is supplied
each and every day and if you want more just go to the restaurant which is
just a few steps away. The food at the restaurant is quite good and the
staff tries hard to be very creative; super shrimp and chip, fantastic
sashimi(different types), amazing pizza etc. All food can be taken to your
room. I had my 63rd birthday there and I asked but did not expect fresh
lobster and crab. I got both!!! The entire staff is over the top friendly
and helpful.(p.s.almost no bugs-mosquitoes etc.!!!) We took a walk past the
church and listened to some of the most beautiful singing I have ever
heard. Just walking on the road will make you feel that you belong in
Kosrae. All islanders  wave to you and smile and say hello!! What world am
I in??  Back to the resort: A beautiful, clean swimming pool which we used
almost every day after diving. Hanging out at the gazebo with a drink just
before dinner adds to the ambiance. NOW TO THE MOST IMPORT PART: DIVING!!
The best thing I can do is give you  a copy of one of my dives. The
following is not necessarily the best dive of the two weeks. Also all gear
is placed on a truck and taken to the dock where the boat is docked. Doug's
new engine gets you to the furthest sites in around twenty minutes. Super
ladder and the entire staff will help you if needed. Rarely will you find
currents but what makes Kosrae so amazing is the diversity in the hard
corals which makeup 95% of the coral. You will find so many different types
of coral layered upon each other. I never saw any bleaching. There were
times when you felt that you were swimming through areas between corals and
peering underneath coral looking for scorpion fish, lion fish etc. that
love to feed and hide beneath the coral heads. Some of these corals start
on the flats at 60 feet and go up to 10 feet. What a way to do safety
stops. Without giving you a list of the fish we did see on all dives
schools of sweetlips, snappers, jacks, some spotted eagle rays and turtles.
Your head seems to want to be on a swivel so it could spin around and
around since there is so much to see. Now for a typical dive: Twenty
minutes to the buoy which we tied up to. Easy setup. This site is Shark
island which is right near the airport runway. Back roll in and down off
the wall. The temperature is always 85% F.(the date was 7/11/08) The
typography at this site starts with a wall going down to what I assume is
around 200' and then meandering off into the abyss with white sand a small
coral heads. Looking down we saw numerous gray and blacktip sharks,
dogtooth tuna and some jacks. After spending around 8 minutes around 110'
we headed up to the reef which like at many sites ends at 60' where the
wall begins and ends nearer to the island where there might be some surge.
The rest of the 65 minute dive is spent meandering through and around and
over the brain, plate, rose pillar and other types of corals. Not on this
dive but on another dive we spent photographing a giant travally being
cleaning for over a half hour. We actually got within touching distance!
The travally would swim off but constantly came back just checking us out.
This is easy diving with amazing experiences that got the adrenalin
constantly flowing. Never a cattle boat feeling, always a feeling like this
is you own boat and the staff is just your friends. Kosrae and the Nautilus
are worth two weeks. Everyday was a unique day even when we wanted and got
to dive a site we had already dove it was different and special. Totally
worth the trip half way around the world from New York City.
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