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Dive Review of Kosrae Nautilus Resort in

June, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Martha & Jeff Hubbard, ny, US
Sr. Contributor   (24 reports)
Report Number 5074
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Truk, Yap, Palau, Hawai'i, PNG, Caribbean, Hawai'i, Australia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
This was our second visit to Kosrae Nautilus.  The hosts are Doug and Sally
Beitz, expat Queenslanders who have perfected the art of making guests
comfortable and happy.  From the greeting at the airport (Flight 6 hours
late?  Hot dinner brought to our room by Sally shortly after we checked in
at 10 PM.) through days of perfect dives and good meals to a farewell back
at the airport, we felt like family.  Diving is from a 6-8 pax boat with
good sun cover and plenty of room to move.  No head or camera tank, but a
dry forward cubby for cameras and gear.  No nitrox, but no need for it. 
Most dives are on the fringing reef which, Kosrae being way east and south,
never gets the big cyclones, and the corals have been undisturbed for
centuries  many of the pristine bommies are 25 feet wide and 15 ft tall. 
Visibility is excellent.
Many operators try to avoid night dives.  Dougs response?  Right.  Well
leave at 5:30.  Order dinner before, and Ill call the kitchen when were
back at the dock so they can have it ready to bring to your room.  And
what night dives.  For only the third time in 1500 dives, we saw flashlight
fish (Photoblepharon.)  Not (only) in caves, but swimming among the coral
for anyone with night-adapted vision (turn off your flashlight) to see.  We
also saw many big (8-12) apparently Cubomedusae jellyfish out spawning one
The Kosraen staff are friendly and cooperative, though not all proficient
in English (though much better than we are in Kosraen.)  Salik and Alik,
seemingly everywhere on land or sea, helped with dive gear, guided dives,
found stuff for us . . . and Salik works the restaurant, too!  After only a
few days, we felt like visiting family.
The rooms are spacious and well designed.  Well air-conditioned (wusses
that we are, we find this essential in Micronesia) and quiet.  The pool is
large and inviting.
The diving is what most of Micronesia used to be like, though Kosraen coral
shows the benefits of its favored geographic location.  Nautilus is a
lovely resort,, with hospitality and diving that will bring you (like us)
back soon.
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