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Dive Review of Kosrae Nautilus Resort in
Micronesia/Kosrae

Kosrae Nautilus Resort, Jun, 2009,

by Martha & Jeff Hubbard, ny, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 24 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 5074.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Truk, Yap, Palau, Hawai'i, PNG, Caribbean, Hawai'i, Australia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas
Water Temp 84 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 40 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
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 N/A
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was our second visit to Kosrae Nautilus. The hosts are Doug and Sally Beitz, expat Queenslanders who have perfected the art of making guests comfortable and happy. From the greeting at the airport (Flight 6 hours late? Hot dinner brought to our room by Sally shortly after we checked in at 10 PM.) through days of perfect dives and good meals to a farewell back at the airport, we felt like family. Diving is from a 6-8 pax boat with good sun cover and plenty of room to move. No head or camera tank, but a dry forward cubby for cameras and gear. No nitrox, but no need for it. Most dives are on the fringing reef which, Kosrae being way east and south, never gets the big cyclones, and the corals have been undisturbed for centuries many of the pristine bommies are 25 feet wide and 15 ft tall. Visibility is excellent.
Many operators try to avoid night dives. Dougs response? Right. Well leave at 5:30. Order dinner before, and Ill call the kitchen when were back at the dock so they can have it ready to bring to your room. And what night dives. For only the third time in 1500 dives, we saw flashlight fish (Photoblepharon.) Not (only) in caves, but swimming among the coral for anyone with night-adapted vision (turn off your flashlight) to see. We also saw many big (8-12) apparently Cubomedusae jellyfish out spawning one night.
The Kosraen staff are friendly and cooperative, though not all proficient in English (though much better than we are in Kosraen.) Salik and Alik, seemingly everywhere on land or sea, helped with dive gear, guided dives, found stuff for us . . . and Salik works the restaurant, too! After only a few days, we felt like visiting family.
The rooms are spacious and well designed. Well air-conditioned (wusses that we are, we find this essential in Micronesia) and quiet. The pool is large and inviting.
The diving is what most of Micronesia used to be like, though Kosraen coral shows the benefits of its favored geographic location. Nautilus is a lovely resort,, with hospitality and diving that will bring you (like us) back soon.
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