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Dive Review of Sleeping Lady Divers/Kosrae Village Edolodge in
Micronesia

Sleeping Lady Divers/Kosrae Village Edolodge, Feb, 2004,

by Jeanne & Bill Downey, PA, USA . Report 947.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Caribbean, Cocos Island, Micronesia, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 83 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 100 to 200 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Don't go too deep.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Large trash bein for rinsing. No camera table. Cameras handles carefully by dive staff.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Most people fly from Truk Lagoon to Hawaii via Guam; we experienced the island-hopping routePohnpei, Kosrae, Kwajalein, and Majuro, with a four-day stopover on Kosrae. Major airline service only began in the late 1980s and the islanders voted to limit construction for tourism purposes, so Kosrae is untouched by large hotels.

We stayed at the Kosrae Village Ecolodge, built and operated by Bruce and Katrina for the past ten years. There are ten individual open-air thatched huts sitting along a winding path through the jungle, close to the ocean. Our room had twin and double beds, both enclosed in spacious mosquito netting, so we did not feel claustrophic. There was always a breeze blowing outside; unfortunately it did not make it through the mosquito netting, although there was a ceiling fan and large floor fan. In fact, our only complaint was that it was sometimes too warm and muggy to sleep well at night. Mosquitoes were not a major problem. There was a table and two chairs, as well as a small refrigerator sitting atop some shelving. The bathroom/dressing area had more shelving and a large area for hanging clothes with another shelf above. The open-air shower was spacious, surrounded by bamboo walls, with hot water and fluffy towels. Tap water should not be used even for brushing teeth; fresh water was in the refrigerator, along with some local fresh fruit, replenished daily. The porch has a table, two chairs, beach view, and entertaining hermit crabs in the front yard. The restaurant is a large thatched building; most meals were not included, but were reasonably priced and quite tasty. Lunches on dive days were included.

We dove for three days with Sleeping Lady Divers, the name deriving from the sleeping lady land formations. After a leisurely breakfast each day, we were transported about ten minutes to one of the three marinas on the island where we boarded small pontoon boats with no more than 4-6 divers each. Boat rides were 20-40 minutes. Moorings surround the entire island, so diving is possible somewhere in just about any kind of weather. Lunch during the one-1 ½ hour surface interval was quite a spread: fix-your-own tuna, meat, and cheese sandwiches, local tangerines, and desserts, including what has to be some of the worlds best brownies.

The diving we did was wall/slope diving with fantastic visibility. We saw occasional barracudas, turtles, eagle rays, sharks, grouper, etc, but mostly the diving was a huge variety of small to mid-size fish, along with some eels, nudibranchs, and other invertebrates. Kosrae has to be the Christmas tree worm capital of the world, and home to hundreds of clown fish. Some of the coral formations were different than any we had seen before, looking like castles. We did all drift diving, very easy and relaxing, starting around 80 feet and moving shallower up the slope. Safety stops could be done while still looking at fish.

Bottom linewould we go back? Yes, good diving, beautiful sunrises, tasty food, killer brownies, and a great way to break up the trip going home.






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