Here are some of the questions that often ask.
Please feel free to send me an email message if you have other questions, want more details or even if you just want to say "hi".
Generally the trade winds are blowing in the late fall and winter months (late November to May) bringing more day time rain and cloudy sky.
Well - it depends a lot on what you like.
The summer months (June through October) tend to have less wind which often means calmer water and light currents. The diving is wonderful and easy. We can often dive anywhere around the island.
The winter months (late November to May) are often more stormy and diving may be limited to the South and West sides of the island. (This isn't a handicap, since some of the most spectacular dive sites are on the South and West sides). The wind may bring faster currents, which may also bring larger, pelagic fish into the reef.
We've got incredible, world class sites all around the island. The "best" sites vary depending on the current conditions and generally we decide on which sites will be the best that day when we are out on the water.
Absolutely! We teach everything from experiential classes (you get to try diving, but don't receive a certification card) to Assistant Instructor. We also do referral classes so that you can start your training at home and finish in our warm, tropical water.
Tons of stuff! Climbing, hiking, exploring the mangrove forest, kayaking, learning about Kosraean history and culture, visiting ancient ruins and on and on. Plus you might enjoy a few water activities like snorkeling and fishing.
Continental is the only airline serving Kosrae, 2 flights a week originate in Honolulu (flight 154) and 2 flights a week originate in Guam (Flight 172).
You cross the International Dateline during the flight and a day "goes into storage." You get it back when you return.
Continental has a "Visit Micronesia" ticket that is significantly discounted. This ticket is originates in both Guam and Hawaii and is available to people who fly into Guam or Hawaii on Continental. You should be able to reserve this ticket with a Continental reservations agent, but you need to be persistent. If you have trouble let me know, maybe I can help.
There is also the discount Star Alliance Micronesia Airpass that you can buy from United and Continental ticket agents.
Sure, the children (and their parents!) will be delighted with crayons, pencils, small writing pads, baseball caps, marbles or other small inexpensive items, playing cards and pieces for board games like checkers are appreciated too. Try to avoid candy and gum, many sweets are readily available here on the island.
You don't have to worry about malaria on Kosrae or anywhere in the FSM.
Yes, almost everyone speaks English and the local people really love teaching visitors a few Kosraean words .
The US Dollar is used on Kosrae and throughout Micronesia.
Yes, both the power and water are available 24 hours a day. Since this is a small, remote location we are more subject to weather-caused outages. A tree might fall on the power lines and very heavy rain might effect the neighborhood water supply.
The power is 110 volts / 60 cycle which is generally considered standard "US" power. The outlets are designed for US style plugs.
Absolutely and it works most of the time. We have a wireless antenna for FSMTC right on the property, not all of the cottages receive the signal though. Tell us that you need wireless when you make your reservation and we will make sure that you are in one of the cottages that receives the signal. The Inum Restaurant has excellent reception and there are tables set up with easy access to plugs for people who prefer to work in the restaurant.
Breakfast averages $8 - $12, lunch averages $10 - $15 and dinner averages $15 - $25. Remember, if you are out on one of our all day tours (diving, snorkeling, fishing, etc.) lunch is included. You can see a sample dinner menu here.
The short answer is that we got lucky :) For the long version check this page.
This is question that could take a book to answer, so I'll just give you the basic outline here and you can let me know if you'd like more information.
"Elixir for my soul."
"Amazing disconnect from urban daily live."
"Kosrae Village is a wonderful, magical place run by wonderful people."
"This place is amazing, and you can hear the surf from anywhere in the resort."
"The food is top notch"
"Was especially pleased to find a history of Kosrae in my cottage and the fridge stocked with fresh fruit. What a nice surprise!"
"Kosrae has one of the best reefs that I have seen in my 42 years of diving."