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Dive Review of Kosrae Nautilus Resort in
Micronesia/Kosrae

Kosrae Nautilus Resort: "Gentle People, Gentle Diving", Feb, 2016,

by Mr Brent Woods, ON, CA (Contributor Contributor 18 reports with 10 Helpful votes). Report 8949.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I visited Kosrae as part of a return trip to Palau. I had been to the other Micronesian states previously.
Kosrae is isolated and very quiet. I knew this before I went but it was even quieter than I expected. At the end of my first day I was thinking the week I had booked was going to be way too long; by the end of the week I didn't want to leave. I was made so welcome that I started to feel like part of the community. The dive crew and hotel staff put your vacation first. The Nautilus Resort has the best accommodation on the island and its only swimming pool. The rooms are a good size if a bit plain but everything works which is often not the case on small remote islands. The other hotel restaurants are a better choice for dinner.
The first day of diving was the busiest. There were four passengers on the boat. The last two days I had the boat to myself. The dive master apologized profusely for the poor, by local standards, visibility. It was only 80 feet. The relatively poor visibility was due to the high winds that plagued the island the whole time I was there.
There are three harbours on Kosrae; all roughly equidistant from each other so there will always be boat access to the lee of the island and calm diving conditions. The rough seas resulted in only being able to dive out of one of them and dive sites being repeated.
All my dives were gentle drift dives along the edge of a wall. It was never a problem to stop and look at something or to take a picture. Kosrae is not a destination for adrenaline junkies.
Kosrae is justly famed for its hard corals and Christmas Tree Worms. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for its fish life. There are lots of small fish and juveniles of the larger reef fish. Sightings of larger reef fish are rare due to the amount of spear fishing.
There is no diving or other ocean-based activities on Sundays in Kosrae. Everybody is at church on Sunday morning. Fortunately one can hire a guide for a hike in the afternoon. I choose to hike into the Menke ruins in the middle of the island. It is a gentle hike along a stream through the jungle. The jungle was very enjoyable; the ruins are quite modest.
The Nautilus Resort is being sold. I hope the new owners keep the exemplary customer focus.
Websites Kosrae Nautilus Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Ontario, Quebec, Cuba, Roatan, Red Sea, Little Cayman, St. Eustatius, Saba, Bonaire, Jamaica, Pohnpei, Galapagos, Costa Rica, Pohnpei, Chuuk, Palau, Yap, Cozumel, Bahamas
Closest Airport Kosrae Getting There There are days with no flights. United from Hawaii/Guam or Air Nauru from Australia

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy, cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 78-80°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-80 Ft/ 12-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Recreational limits
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments The facilities for photographers are very limited. There are no camera facilities on the boat. Cameras are rinsed in the same tank as gear back at the resort. The crew are careful with your equipment, the boat is uncrowded and the boat ride is usually short.
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