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Dive Review of Sleeping Woman Divers - Kosrae Village/Kosrae Village in

August, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Jeanne Sleeper, CA, usa
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Report Number 5150
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Pacific, Caribbean, USA, Australia, Red Sea
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
81   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive your computer, plan no decompression dives, long safety stops, tech
diving allowed if trained and equipped properly. Long dives are ok. No time
pressure from a schedule.  
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
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
The dive boats are small flat top pontoons. They are perfect for the local
waters, but have no camera area. The crew are very respectful of cameras
and patient with photographers. How you set up your camera at the resort in
the morning is how you dive it for 2 dives. I would not consider opening a
housing on the boat. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
Kosrae Village is an eco resort on a small out of the way island. If you
dream of sleeping in a woven mat wall, thatched roof hut next to the beach
- this is it! Live simply and sustainably with Katrina and Bruce, the
owner-operators. In a world where "resort" usually means luxury,
at Kosrae it means purposeful simplicity. Fly to Hawaii then take an island
hopping Air Micronesia flight and get off at the 3rd stop. The staff picks
you up in their personal car and you take a 30 minute drive on the one road
that follows the coast around most of the island. The mountainous interior
is a rainforest that reaches to the shore. The resort is in the forest, at
the beach. The resort has a dining hut and serves 3 meals a day. Luckily
the food is varied, good and fairly priced as there are few other places to
eat on the entire island. Lettuce and some vegetables are island grown and
fresh fish is locally caught.

Beginning to tech divers will enjoy Kosrae. My visit began with a bit of
surge from a recent storm and over the 10 days went to flat and still. The
best diving is on the resort's side of the island. Their dive boats tie up
a 2 different small harbors to shorten the boat run time to your planned
dive site. You leave the resort at 9 am by car, go to the harbor, load the
boat and are efficiently on your way.
Ben, Jerry & Gordon do all the work, including setting up your dive
gear after you show them once how you like it. You are on vacation! 

The weather is similar year round - hot and humid. It is an excellent
opportunity to oopen your pores and exercise your sweat glands.  The water
is 80F+.  My trip's visibility ranged from 60 to 150 depending on the day
and location. But what will knock your fins off is the coral - acres and
acres of huge, healthy, hard corals.... so many kinds, in perfect or near
perfect condition. When you jump in the water and see the expanses of coral
it takes your breath away - every day! Mooring balls & lots of drift
diving preserve this amazing place. The fish range from Napoleon wrasse to
small fire dart fish. Schools of big barracuda and snapper cruise the wall
which starts at 80 or so feet. The wall top edge to the shore is a hard
coral covered slope. The anemones and their clowns are varied. Not much
soft coral or many nudibranchs or eels. The locals spear fish so targeted
species are wary. Other fish included butterflys, wrasses, damsels,
puffers, unicorn, sweetlips, hawkfish, parrot fish, anthias, turtles, eagle
rays, giant clams and one shark off in the distance in the blue water.

A normal dive day is 2 dives with lunch on the boat during a long surface
interval. You might get back at 1:30 or 3:30 depending on where you went or
how much you played with dolphins riding your bow. 
They offer a 3rd dive or night dives by special arrangement, but after 2
60-90 minute dives I was ok with just 2 dives. That is not normal for me,
but was ok on this trip. The drive back to the resort was an island tour
evey day and Jerry the driver patiently stopped for me to take pictures
along the way. I needed images of 10 ft tall taro plants, orchids, bananas,
ginger, kids, dogs, beach scenes, clam aqua culture farm etc. 

The friendliness of the locals, their gentle, smiling ways was refreshing.
Most speak very good English. Plan to go to church here - even if you do
not at home. Guys need long pants and ladies need a dress with sleeves.
Given in the native language you won't understand a word. But the
congregation singing will lift you in worship. No piano or organ - just
pure harmony of voices. Drop a $10 in the collection plate (which looked
like a spaghetti colander to me)- everyone on Kosrae uses USA money - as it
will be appreciated. 

Kosrae is a beautiful island. It's a boat diving trip as the shallow
coral-dotted waters make beach diving nearly impossible. The resort is very
basic. It's hot and humid. Dive, kayak, hike in the rainforest, eat, sleep
and take pictures - that's it. Except for the time you spend siting on your
hut's porch in a rocker watching the sunrise over the water.  But if you
want clean, clear water, pristine coral, a safety-minded, accommodating
dive operation with few divers and to unplug from complexity of daily life
- this is a perfect spot. I can't recall when I've had the luxury of only 2
divers on a boat and a crew whose primary goal was to be sure I had a
perfect day. 
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