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Dive Review of Kosrae Nautilus Resort in
Micronesia/Kosrae

Kosrae Nautilus Resort, Nov, 2010,

by Sandra K Falen, KS, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 24 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 5764.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, Curacao, Dominica, Saba, Statia, Bequia, Grenada, East End Grand Cayman, Brac, Little Cayman, Providencia, Costa Rica, Los Roques, Grand Turk, South Caicos, Salt Cay, Tobago, Belize, San Sal, Key Largo, Fiji, Tonga, Palau
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 70 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dives usually limited to one hour.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Getting to Kosrae is part of the adventure, and it can be prohibitively expensive, with Continental Micronesia being the only airline serving the islands. I saved a lot of money by getting to Honolulu on American, and scraping up enough Continental frequent flyer miles for a free round-trip between HNL and Kosrae. The "Island Hopper" departs M/W/F, and it's about 9 hours of travel time from HNL, including stops at Majuro and Kwaj. If you're planning a visit, check the schedules carefully, because I was told that the Island Hopper will soon pass over Kosrae on the Wednesday run -- meaning the island will only be served only twice weekly from HNL.

I spent 8 nights in a simple but very comfortable, impeccably clean, air-conditioned room. Hot water was plentiful, beds were comfortable, and I had a frig, in-room coffee and tea, and cable TV. The resort has 18 rooms, a lovely pool and deck, with grounds that back up to the mangroves where you can kayak during high tide. Food was quite good; I particularly enjoyed the fresh, grilled wahoo and tuna, and outstanding homegrown tangerines and bananas. The hotel was quiet and peaceful, and the staff was delightfully friendly and accommodating.

We loaded up the van or truck with dive gear at around 8:30 each morning, for the short drive to the marina. From there, the boat rides were usually no more than 10 minutes. I had the luxury of being the only diving guest for four out of six days, with only one other diver on the other two days.

The hard corals in Kosrae are stunning and healthy. I was amazed to see little evidence of bleaching, and aside from some shallows which show evidence of storm damage, the reefs are in excellent condition. Interestingly, the reefs here have no sea fans, and no vase or tube sponges. But they do have tons of Christmas tree worms in every possible color, bazillions of crinoids, an amazing array of anemones with their resident fish, gorgeous and delicate lettuce and tabletop corals, and fields of stag horn corals.

I didn't see a lot of large fish, sighting perhaps two Napoleon wrasse during my visit. I did see some eagle rays, several sharks, stingrays, schooling barracuda, giant clams, a few turtles, trigger fish (titan, yellowmargin, clown), and lots of gorgeous, schooling anthias and fusiliers, and other small, colorful tropicals.

Surface intervals were spent on the boat, enjoying that fabulous local fruit and plenty of fresh water. An excellent lunch followed the second dive.

The water was warm, the vis was great, and the weather was good, with only intermittent rain. The island is lush and tropical, and the locals are friendly. I thought the pricing was very reasonable for the quality of the diving, the comfort of the resort, and the excellent hospitality provided by Doug and Sally and their staff.
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