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Dive Review of The Village Hotel in
Micronesia/Pohnpei

The Village Hotel, Nov, 2005,

by Henry Ziller, CO, U.S.A. (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 25 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 2198.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Belize, Cayman Brac, Curacao, Dominica, Tobago, Hawaii, & Bahama
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, currents, noCurrents
Water Temp 83 to 88 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 110 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions We were given a maximum depth and must return to the boat with 500 psi. Go to safety stop when you are at 700 psi.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments There was no rinse tank for camera or other gear on the small boat, and no camera facilities other than to purchase film at the resort, and the same for in the town of Kolonia, although we did not search for camera facilities in town. Power 110 volts 60 Hz are available 24/7 at the resort.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We arranged the trip through Lisa Wallner of Trip-N-Tour (Continental Cool Vacations) and she does a great job. It takes a while to get to Pohnpei via Los Angeles, with an afternoon and night on Hawaii, before island hopping Majuro and Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands and Kosrae in the Caroline Islands finally arriving at Pohnpei. That is 6 hours 22 minutes waiting in airports, and 13 hours seven minutes flying time. The Village Resort was the first recipient of Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) Ecotourism Award and is listed as such in the Congressional Record June 4, 1991. Bob, Patti, and son Jamie Arthur are really great and will do anything in their power to help you. There are twenty thatched-roofed ihmws (Bungalows). None are air-conditioned, but all do have a variable speed ceiling fan and we were comfortable most of the time. (If air-conditioning is desired try the Joy Hotel in Kolonia. There are other dive operations in Kolonia). Ours had a view of the lagoon and nearby islands. It was 20 feet by 26 feet with two queen waterbeds, a love seat and chair, and a coffee table. All have a bathroom with shower only, sink, toilet, and lizards (They like to chew on blue and green colored plastic items, and move along the rafters so watch out for droppings). Do not bring food or sweet beverages to your room, as those tend to attract other critters like rats. Hot water was always available and the water is safe to drink. Tours are arranged at the front desk for anywhere you want to go. We toured Nan Madol, Kepirohi waterfalls and hiked Pohndolap Mountain (A pretty vigorous hike all up hill for 1.7 miles). We were there during the rainy season October through December (They get 400 inches a year in the mountains), but we had lots of sun every day. We were never caught out in the rain except while diving. We have plastic ponchos that work great and fit in a pocket. Everything seems to start at 9:30 AM at the front desk whether touring, diving, or bumming a ride to Kolonia. The van goes in many days and will let you ride free. Meals are really great and there is a good variety for breakfast lunch and dinner. You can get food and drinks anytime between 7 AM and 9 PM, although the bar officially opens at 4:30 PM. The dive shop basically has no repair parts and very little equipment that I would use. One regulator without the bite piece forced the renter to use the secondary reg as primary, and the gauges had water inside, bring your own gear or dive elsewhere. It is a short downhill walk to the boat. They take your gear down on a truck, and use a van to transport divers back up at the end of diving. They have three boats, a 25 and 27 feet covered skiff with two 60 hp outboards and a 23 feet skiff with a single outboard. There was only five divers maximum during our dives. The seats consist of flotation seat cushions, one for the bottom and one for your back. No water for rinse tanks for camera or other equipment, but drinking water is available although sometimes cups are not. I suggest you bring a bottle of water. There was no oxygen, medicine kit, compass, gps, or radio on the boat. There was a cell phone and we were always in site of land. The boat rides are 10 minutes to 60 minutes of mostly very smooth water to get to dive sites. Manta Road dive site is 10 minutes away and we dived it once but no mantas. We looked from the boat on two other occasions, but no mantas. We did see white tip and gray reef sharks, large jacks, tuna, bump head parrotfish and napoleon wrasse on every dive. There were loads of anemone fish, butterfly fish, several eagle rays, and lots of other small fish. Most coral showed signs of bleaching. No wet suit is needed with the warm water, a skin works fine. Dive master and boat captain were good with informative pre-dive. Lunch with a drink is ordered from the hotel the night before and eaten on the boat during the 1 1/2 hour surface interval. The return boat trip sometimes includes a trip through the mangroves, which is pretty cool. The boat is usually back by 3:30 PM. Night diving is available but we did not take advantage of it.
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