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Dive Review of Kosrae Nautilus Resort in

November, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Sandra K Falen, KS, US
Sr. Contributor   (23 reports, with 3 Helpful votes)
Report Number 5764
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Curacao, Dominica, Saba, Statia, Bequia, Grenada, East End Grand
Cayman, Brac, Little Cayman, Providencia, Costa Rica, Los Roques, Grand
Turk, South Caicos, Salt Cay, Tobago, Belize, San Sal, Key Largo, Fiji,
Tonga, Palau
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dives usually limited to one hour.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
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  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
Getting to Kosrae is part of the adventure, and it can be prohibitively
expensive, with Continental Micronesia being the only airline serving the
islands. I saved a lot of money by getting to Honolulu on American, and
scraping up enough Continental frequent flyer miles for a free round-trip
between HNL and Kosrae. The "Island Hopper" departs M/W/F, and
it's about 9 hours of travel time from HNL, including stops at Majuro and
Kwaj. If you're planning a visit, check the schedules carefully, because I
was told that the Island Hopper will soon pass over Kosrae on the Wednesday
run -- meaning the island will only be served only twice weekly from HNL.

I spent 8 nights in a simple but very comfortable, impeccably clean,
air-conditioned room. Hot water was plentiful, beds were comfortable, and I
had a frig, in-room coffee and tea, and cable TV. The resort has 18 rooms,
a lovely pool and deck, with grounds that back up to the mangroves where
you can kayak during high tide. Food was quite good; I particularly enjoyed
the fresh, grilled wahoo and tuna, and outstanding homegrown tangerines and
bananas. The hotel was quiet and peaceful, and the staff was delightfully
friendly and accommodating.

We loaded up the van or truck with dive gear at around 8:30 each morning,
for the short drive to the marina. From there, the boat rides were usually
no more than 10 minutes. I had the luxury of being the only diving guest
for four out of six days, with only one other diver on the other two days.

The hard corals in Kosrae are stunning and healthy.  I was amazed to see
little evidence of bleaching, and aside from some shallows which show
evidence of storm damage, the reefs are in excellent condition.
Interestingly, the reefs here have no sea fans, and no vase or tube
sponges.  But they do have tons of Christmas tree worms in every possible
color, bazillions of crinoids, an amazing array of anemones with their
resident fish, gorgeous and delicate lettuce and tabletop corals, and
fields of stag horn corals.

I didn't see a lot of large fish, sighting perhaps two Napoleon wrasse
during my visit. I did see some eagle rays, several sharks, stingrays,
schooling barracuda, giant clams, a few turtles, trigger fish (titan,
yellowmargin, clown), and lots of gorgeous, schooling anthias and
fusiliers, and other small, colorful tropicals.

Surface intervals were spent on the boat, enjoying that fabulous local
fruit and plenty of fresh water. An excellent lunch followed the second

The water was warm, the vis was great, and the weather was good, with only
intermittent rain. The island is lush and tropical, and the locals are
friendly. I thought the pricing was very reasonable for the quality of the
diving, the comfort of the resort, and the excellent hospitality provided
by Doug and Sally and their staff. 
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