Eco Adventures on Kosrae Island, the Jewel of Micronesia
Kosrae and the rest of Micronesia are well known diving destinations, but just look at the other things you can do on Kosrae!
This island abounds with natural beauty and treasures that you will want to explore.
Kosrae Village Tours
Scuba Diving on Kosrae Island's Incredible Reef
2 Tank Boat Dive, lunch ----------------> $119.00
2 Tank Boat Dive (Nitrox), lunch ---> $139.00
1 Tank Boat Dive, snack -----------------> $79.00
1 Tank Boat Dive (Nitrox), snack -----> $89.00
3rd Tank -------------------------------------------> $49.00
3rd Tank (Nitrox) ------------------------------> $59.00
Technical Expeditions ----------------------> $169.00
Kosrae is one of the premier diving destinations in the Pacific. Magnificent, pristine hard coral gardens, breathtaking walls, schools of large pelagic fishes and tons of tropicals and invertebrates. You've been to Chuuk (Truk), Palau and Yap? Try the *other* Micronesian diving destination. For more detailed information on diving on the coral rich Kosraean reefs, check this page:
Free Diving & Snorkeling on Kosrae
Free Diving & Snorkeling, lunch -> $79 - 119.00
The coral gardens that make Kosrae a divers paradise also provide world class
snorkeling and free diving opportunities.
Swimming either on the reef flat for exercise or over the reef in the ocean
for fun is as natural as breathing on this island.
Fishing and Blue Water Hunting
Fishing & Blue Water Hunting, lunch -> $79 - 119.00
Kosrae is an island that has lived off of the reef for centuries and many forms of fishing are practiced.
A few of them are:
- Spear fishing - breath hold only. Hunting while using scuba is not allowed on Kosrae.
- Trolling - chasing the tuna schools and other fish. Bringing in huge fish with a handline.
- Bottom fishing - usually at night, anchored and again using a handline for fish that are very deep, 300-400 feet.
- Cast net fishing - from the shore or dock, carefully throwing a weighted, small mesh net over a school of fish.
- Torch fishing - using lights to attract flying fish, which are caught in hand held nets.
- Fishing the mangrove channels for the delicious mangrove crabs.
With this history, Kosraeans are ready to join any fishing adventure.
Our guests have joined in many of the local fishing activities or have brought their own tackle for:
- Fly fishing on the reef flats, in the deep water or in the mangrove.
- Trolling for all of the deep water pelagic fishes.
- Casting from the shore or the boat.
Blue water hunters are also welcome at KVR and on Kosrae.
Coral Monitoring on Kosrae
Do you want to make a contribution to the continuing health of coral reefs (& get a US Tax deduction)?
Kosrae has several coral monitoring projects that are a collaborative effort
between KVR, Kosrae Island Resources Management Authority (KIRMA) and Kosrae Conservation and Safety Organization (KCSO). Sport divers are welcome to
join one of the monitoring teams - we provide training and logistical support.
For more information email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or click here for more detailed information
on our monitoring program.
Other Tours & Experiences
Surfing on Kosrae
Surfing is a popular sport on Kosrae and a number of our visitors come here
specifically to surf. We see both long boards and body boards. Check Surfer
Magazine for their online surf report for Kosrae.
Just remember that our surf is unpredictable and all of the breaks are on
coral, so skill and patience are required!
Hiking, Climbing and Trekking on Kosrae
Kosrae has many hiking and climbing trails. In most cases a guide will accompany
the hikers, the forest canopy is thick, the terrain is often rugged, and the
trails cross private land.
Available hikes range from easy walks through rainforest valleys to vigorous
uplands forest hikes and rigorous mountain climbing.
The mountain climbing is non-technical. At times a rope will be useful,
but no other equipment is necessary.
Protected Areas and Reserves
The Kosraean community is just starting to explore different methods of
protecting critical habitat and biodiversity as well as how these resources
might be used in a sustainable manner.
Since Kosrae is a very small and vertical island, with little productive
land, it is difficult to set a significant part of the land or reef apart
as a no use zone. The key seems to be defining the truly critical areas that
should be left untouched and then setting aside additional areas that are
protected, but accessible for sustainable use.
On Kosrae, these decisions are made at the community level, which means there
is a great deal of caution, thought and discussion involved before agreement
For more details and photos check this page.
Lelu & Menka Ruins on Kosrae
Kosrae is home to the Lelu Ruins, one of the major archaeological sites in
the Pacific. Touring the ancient stone-walled capital is an amazing experience.
One of the mysteries is how the enormous pieces of basalt were quarried, transported
and put in place by pre-industrial people.
Many other historical sites exist on Kosrae, one that is now
open to the public is the Menka ruins. This very ancient site is at the end of a lovely rainforest walk in the river valley.
WWII Artifacts on Kosrae
Kosrae was occupied by the Japanese during World War II, and has its share
of artifacts. You can easily find bunkers and the radio station on the beach.
You will also see the stairs to nowhere, actually steps up a steep cliff face
that use to lead to the Japanese weather station, rusting tanks and other
remnants from the war while driving around the island.
Visiting some of the many Japanese caves and tunnels is a little more strenuous
and will require some hiking.
Beach Combing and Tide Pooling on Kosrae
Walking the beach front and exploring the tide pools on the reef flat during
low tide are an enjoyable pastime for all ages. Plan on wearing reef walkers
or similar shoes to protect your feet and don't forget the sun block!
Canoeing & Kayaking on Kosrae
Several knowledgeable local guides provide outrigger canoe trips into the
mangrove channels that have been used by the Kosraeans for transportation
for centuries. If the tide is high enough, and the channel is clear of fallen trees, it is possible to travel all the
way from Utwe to Walung by canoe.
Kosrae Village also offers kayak tours through the mangroves, in channels
too small to accommodate an outrigger.
It is also possible to surf or dive from the kayaks. Some hardy folks have
even circumnavigated the island by kayak.
For years the Kosraean men have hunted the wild pigs in the mountains using
machetes and dogs. It is possible to join a hunting expedition, but you need
to be in very good physical condition in order to participate safely.
Bird Watching on Kosrae
Kosrae has a large number of birds, including the endangered Micronesian
pigeon. Except for the doves and pigeons, a number of bird watchers have completed
their lists on the KVR grounds or a short walk away. The pigeons and doves
are generally found inland and require a little more effort.
The weavers on Kosrae are amongst the region's best, producing hats, bags,
baskets and wall decorations. They also make sleeping mats and fish nets.
In addition to offering fine handicrafts for sale, they will show how they
gather and process their weaving materials. If you'd like, they will also
help you try your hand at producing your own weavings.
Almost everyone you meet will be familiar with some aspect of traditional
plant use, ranging from medicinal use to handicraft and building materials.
They are happy to share their knowledge with visitors.
Night Life on Kosrae
Night life on Kosrae translates to wild life. Night is when many of the crabs,
giant fruit bats and other animals are out and about. Fascinating and entertaining!
The night sky is also spectacular - with no light or air pollution
every feature of the sky is extremely clear. Because we are close to the equator,
both Northern and Southern Hemisphere constellations are visible. Imagine the Big Dipper and Southern Cross in the same sky!
Oh, you meant that *other* kind of night life! Well, there are three bars and restaurants on the
island, ours is the best, naturally!
Kosrae Village Ecolodge, the place to rest, relax and rejuvenate,
is also your center for exploring the sensational world of Kosrae!