2011 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence!


I just received a message from TripAdvisor letting us know that Kosrae Village Ecolodge & Dive Resort has won a 2011 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence!

Here is what their message said:
“TripAdvisor awards this certificate to properties who consistently receive excellent ratings from our members. We think your 4.5 rating is something to be proud of and we hope you do too.”

Thanks to all of you that have left reviews. We will do our best to continue to earn your good opinion and to improve where we fall short.


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Kosrae Special Election, Day Two

Day two of the Kosrae Special Election vote counting, now including the Hawaii and Guam results.

Here are the unofficial results for the top thee candidates. The results include the votes from Kosrae State, Pohnpei, absentee ballots, Hawaii, and Guam.

Candidate Total
Yoshiwo George => 1409
Rensley Sigrah => 885
Renster Andrew => 838

I will post the offical results on the Kosrae Village election page as soon as they are announced.


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Kosrae’s July 1st Special Election

Many of you know that Alik Alik, Kosrae’s four year term Senator was recently re-elected as the FSM Vice President.

Yesterday was the special election to fill his seat. Here are the unofficial results from Kosrae State, Pohnpei and the absentee ballots. Hawaii and Guam will be counted today.

Candidate Total
Rensley Sigrah => 865
Yoshiwo George => 824
Renster Andrew => 757
Robert Weilbacher => 346
Fred N. Skilling => 80
Claude Phillip => 11
William Tosie => 10

I will update the results as soon as Hawaii and Guam are announced.


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What About the Weather??

Yikes! I don’t know!

This is one of the most frequent questions we get and I used to give very assured answers – “generally this month or that month has more rain or less wind or whatever”, but not anymore!

I was recently asked about changes to weather patterns, coral health, etc. for a climate change survey and I realized that none of my old assumptions about the weather could be counted on.

In the past I would tell people that our “normal” rainy season would start at the end of November / early December and run through April, although February was often a sunny, dry month, and that is what I have posted on the Kosrae Village main site. But for the past couple of years the rains haven’t started until March and our summer months (June – October) have been stormier than usual.

I noticed also that the NOAA Pacific ENSO page for Kosrae lists April, May and June as the months with the most rainfall. By the way, this site is an excellent place to get a long range weather prediction for Kosrae, so when you are planning your holiday :) you might want to check them out.

The Weather For You site has an accurate report of the current weather as well as other information like sunrise and sunset times.

What’s it doing right now? Well we had a gorgeous sunrise, followed by a rain shower and now the sun is peeking though again. A typical day in paradise.


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Bleu Cheese Dressing – KVR Style!

I have it on good authority that our bleu cheese dressing the best in the world. And, now – we will share it with the world! :)

I’m afraid that after that build up you might be a little disappointed, since we don’t have any secret ingredients, just bleu cheese.

Kosrae Village Bleu Cheese Dressing (one serving)

  • 1-> Crumble about 1 teaspoon of bleu cheese in a small ramkin or whatever you will use to serve the dressing.
  • 2-> Add about 1 ounce of Italian dressing and serve.

Ok, ok, here’s the Italian dressing recipe, some people are sooo demanding – -

Kosrae Village Italian Dressing

  • 1-> Let the seasonings sit in the vinegar for a long time BEFORE adding the oil.
    ½ cup vinegar
    ½ cup red wine
    1 teaspoon white pepper
    ½ head chopped garlic
    1 tablespoon oregano
    ¼ cup parsley
    3 ¼ cup olive oil

Bleu cheese lovers love this dressing, maybe because it’s got bleu cheese in it?


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Micronesia AirPass!

I’ve got GREAT news for you!

Many of you know that Continental and United merged last year to form United Continental Airline. The new name takes some getting used to – but I’ve flown quite a bit on the “new” airline in the last few months, and I can tell you that the service and everything you would want from an airline (like your intact luggage arriving with you :)) has been excellent.

United Continental is a member of the Star Alliance along with a bunch of other airlines. (Here’s the complete list of member airlines). Star Alliance has a large collection of discount “air passes” for different regions, and now –

Ta-Da!! They have just added a **Micronesia AirPass**!

    Basically the rules are:

  • You have to buy the airpass in conjunction with a ticket into the region on a Star Alliance partner. For us that means United Continental, of course if you are traveling from Europe or Asia there are other member airlines available. But UA – CO is the only airline that serves Kosrae.
  • The ticket has to be bought outside of the Micronesian region.
  • You have to make at least two 24 hour stops.
  • You can only travel in one direction. So you can’t backtrack, except for passing through Guam.
  • Right now you will have to contact the airline ticket office or a travel agent to buy the pass. If you work directly with the airline, you must ask for the “Micronesia AirPass”.

In a few months you should be able to find a fare calculator on this site. And here’s the link to the official rules and FAQs.

We are also offering any guest traveling on the AirPass a 20% discount on lodging at Kosrae Village, so you can save in a lot of ways, just be sure to let us know that you are using the AirPass ticket.

June 4 and 5 Bruce will be in the Kosrae Visitors Bureau booth, #535, at the Long Beach (California) Scuba Show. So you can drop by, ask him questions in person and of course, he will have a super show special to offer as well.

That Saturday afternoon, he’s also going to be doing a seminar about Kosrae coral, how we protect the reef and what makes Kosrae a super safe destination. People attending the seminar will have an opportunity to win some great prizes, including a Continental ticket to Kosrae!

Happy Spring!

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NW Dive & Travel Show

I’m traveling again. This time to the NW Dive and Travel Show in Tacoma, Washington. The show is being held at the Tacoma Convention Center the weekend of April 9 – 10.

Of course I know that your real reason for coming to the show will be to visit me (in booth 509) and to find out why you should visit Kosrae Island and Kosrae Village – now. :) LOL

But, you might also want to take a peek at the other exhibitor’s booths. At last year’s show I learned about my new camera from the great folks in the Backscatter booth, and once I had saved up my pennies bought it from them as well. There is usually a great assortment of manufacturers, dive shops, educational and environmental agencies as well as other travel people at this show.

In case you can stop by, here is a link for a half price entrance coupon.

See you!

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Dive Class Adventures

Last Saturday I went out with my current Open Water class for their final certification dive.

Not only did they complete their skills exceptionally well, they also helped to locate the mooring pin for a missing buoy, and replace the mooring line and buoy.

Old and New Mooring Buoy Lines

Old and New Mooring Buoy Lines

Karen and Diane Help with Lines

Karen and Diane Help with Lines

Nikki's Compass Swim

Nikki's Compass Swim

Brendon at Hiroshi

Brendon at Hiroshi

Here are a few of the things they saw during their dive.

Saddled butterflyfish (C. ephippium)

Saddled butterflyfish (C. ephippium)

Anemone fish eggs

Anemone fish eggs

Ornate Butterflyfish (Chaetodon ornatissimus)

Ornate Butterflyfish (Chaetodon ornatissimus)

Two anemone species with commensal shrimp

Two anemone species with commensal shrimp

Incidentally, the project repairing storm damage to the mooring buoy system could not have been done without generous support from Project Aware and the Australian Embassy in Pohnpei.


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Kosrae Village Black Bean Chili

This is one of our many vegetarian recipes.

Kosrae Village Black Bean Chili
1-> Cover 2 cups black beans in drinking water, soak over night
2-> Drain and rinse beans with drinking water
3-> Add enough water to cover by 2 inches, bring to boil
4-> Cover and simmer 1 hour, add water if necessary
5-> In another pan cook onions and garlic until clear in olive oil.

  • -> 2 onions, chopped
  • -> 4 cloves garlic, chopped

6-> Add the following to the onions and garlic. Cook for a few minutes.

  • -> 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • -> 1 teaspoon cumin
  • -> 3 teaspoons oregano
  • -> 1 ½ teaspoon salt

7-> Next:

  • -> Drain the beans, save the water
  • -> Put 2 cups of bean water back in the pot with the beans
  • -> Add the seasonings and simmer
  • -> Add more bean water if necessary

Beans should be soft, not crunchy when done.
Serve with some salsa and shredded cheddar cheese.


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Kosrae Village Photo Gallery

I spent most of yesterday installing a new photo gallery on the kosraevillage.com site. I know that sounds pretty grim, but it really wasn’t.

I needed to do this for a while, but kept putting it off. The old (tired) gallery used the Gallery2 software. Gallery2 can do everything including wash the dishes, but it was a little cumbersome to do the simple things that I need.

The Gallery3 software has been out for awhile and I finally decided to take the plunge and install it. Whenever I’ve been away from something a little technical (an application, website or whatever) it take me some time to remember (or re-learn :)) the little details. But in just a few hours I had the new gallery up and tweaked the way I wanted it, photos migrated from the old gallery and some new ones added. See what you think, here’s my gallery address. I’m sure that I will continue “tweaking” for awhile and I have quite a few new photos to add, so let me know if you have suggestions.

The Gallery software is free and open source. Even though it’s free the support, through the forums, is fast and helpful. If you are thinking of a photo gallery for your site check them out, here’s their address.


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