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Dive Review of Kosrae Nautilus Resort in
Micronesia/Kosrae]

Kosrae Nautilus Resort, Oct, 2011,

by Martha & Jeff Hubbard, NY, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 26 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 6325.

Reporter and Travel

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

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 84 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Guided dives, but no limits on depth beyond stay in sight
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

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 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was our third stay at Nautilus. After the gin palaces of Honolulu and some unattractive other islands, Kosrae and its Nautilus are like coming home. Built and run by Aussie ex-pats Sally & Doug, Nautilus occupies idyllic grounds facing east across the Pacific and will show you new meanings of hospitality. Restaurant/bar offers A/C inside or thatched-roof over poolside tables. The food is good, though dependent on productivity of local fishermen for the best sashimi and fish dishes. The rooms are spacious, A/C and clean. WiFi is available, also TV.

Diving is two morning tanks aboard the 6-pax Poseidon or the 4-pax recently arrived from Palau. Good sun cover, no heads, limited camera space. Run to the dive sites is rarely more than 15 minutes from the harbors. Diving is on the fringing reef so one has a good view of the beautiful green high island. Night dives at the Trochus sanctuary, and possibly other sites, offer flashlight fish (Photoblepharon.) At 40 feet or below, shut off your light, let your eyes adapt to the dark for a few minutes (cant rush it), and look among the coral heads for winking ¾ inch green flashes. (The fish dont blink like fireflies, but as they swim among the coral it looks like they do.)

The coral bommies are magnificent the largest we have seen. Kosraes easterly location is protection from the giant storms that affect western Micronesia, so the coral may have been growing for thousands of years. Not many big fish (see sashimi, above) but reef fish and invertebrates are abundant. Friendly Salik, divemaster, boat driver, airport greeter, waiter and overall authority on Kosrae, is the model of hospitality.

Kosrae Nautilus will take good care of you, make you feel at home, and has excellent diving. Its the middle stop on the Island Hopper between Guam and Honolulu, accessible from anywhere in Micronesia (which is a pretty inaccessible place.)
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