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Dive Review of Kosrae Nautilus Resort in

October, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Martha & Jeff Hubbard, NY, US
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Report Number 6325
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, PNG, Fiji, Palau, Yap, Truk, Australia, Hawai'i
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Guided dives, but no limits on depth beyond stay in sight  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
This was our third stay at Nautilus.  After the gin palaces of Honolulu and
some unattractive other islands, Kosrae and its Nautilus are like coming
home.  Built and run by Aussie ex-pats Sally & Doug, Nautilus occupies
idyllic grounds facing east across the Pacific and will show you new
meanings of hospitality.  Restaurant/bar offers A/C inside or thatched-roof
over poolside tables.  The food is good, though dependent on productivity
of local fishermen for the best sashimi and fish dishes.  The rooms are
spacious, A/C and clean.  WiFi is available, also TV. 

Diving is two morning tanks aboard the 6-pax Poseidon or the 4-pax recently
arrived from Palau.  Good sun cover, no heads, limited camera space.  Run
to the dive sites is rarely more than 15 minutes from the harbors.  Diving
is on the fringing reef so one has a good view of the beautiful green high
island.  Night dives at the Trochus sanctuary, and possibly other sites,
offer flashlight fish (Photoblepharon.)  At 40 feet or below, shut off your
light, let your eyes adapt to the dark for a few minutes (cant rush it),
and look among the coral heads for winking ¾ inch green flashes. 
(The fish dont blink like fireflies, but as they swim among the coral it
looks like they do.)

The coral bommies are magnificent the largest we have seen.  Kosraes
easterly location is protection from the giant storms that affect western
Micronesia, so the coral may have been growing for thousands of years.  Not
many big fish (see sashimi, above) but reef fish and invertebrates are
abundant.  Friendly Salik, divemaster, boat driver, airport greeter, waiter
and overall authority on Kosrae, is the model of hospitality.

Kosrae Nautilus will take good care of you, make you feel at home, and has
excellent diving.  Its the middle stop on the Island Hopper between Guam
and Honolulu, accessible from anywhere in Micronesia (which is a pretty
inaccessible place.) 
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