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Dive Review of Sleeping Lady Divers/Kosrae Village Edolodge in

February, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Jeanne & Bill Downey, PA, USA
Report Number 947
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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

Water Temp
83   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 200    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Don't go too deep.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
Large trash bein for rinsing. No camera table. Cameras handles carefully by
dive staff.
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  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
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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