Kosrae Dive Site Sampler

Kosrae Island

One of Kosrae's crowning jewels is her stunning fringing reef. We often say that we have one dive site, 43 miles around. The abundance of marine life and pristine hard corals make this a destination for divers throughout the world.

Our diverse and rich reef truly does go for miles in any direction, with each side of the Island having slightly different characteristics. Here is a brief synopsis of four of our classic sites.

Shark Island

An enormous school of barracuda

On the North side near the airport, this is a great wall dive where the top of the reef sits at 40 to 70 feet. Potentially strong current on this dive makes it a dive for experienced divers, and may present challenges for underwater photographers. Common sightings include sharks, barracuda, eagle rays, Napoleon wrasse, dog-tooth tunas, rainbow runners, turtles, as well as lots of smaller tropical fish. This location is also home to many crinoids, lobsters and other invertebrates.

Walung Drop Off

Resident school of big eye trevally

On the West side near remote Walung Village, a shear wall that often has fast currents. Resident schools of barracuda, large jacks and rainbow runners are often joined by spotted eagle rays, Napoleon wrasse, turtles and other large pelagic animals. The reef top here is just as magical as at the Coral Gardens. Look carefully under the coral heads, you may be rewarded with the sight of a very enormous, very shy star puffer. You may also see huge barracuda or Napoleon wrasse being groomed in cleaning stations.

Walung Coral Gardens

Walung Coral Garden

Also on the West side, Walung Coral Garden has the characteristic steep sloping walls. Over the edge of the wall you can spot sharks and the other large ocean-going creatures, but the magic on this dive is on the top of the reef at 40 - 60 feet. Marvelous collection of huge hard corals forming overhangs and tunnels, abundant life: tropicals, shrimps, octopi... Little to no current makes this a great dive for photos. A good dive for novice divers.

Hiroshi Point

Hiroshi Point

On the South side very near Utwe Harbor, Hiroshi Point is macro heaven. Of course keeping your head down means you'll miss the whale sharks, mantas and other large pelagics that are occasional seen on this coast. Easy beach entry makes this an excellent dive for all levels. World class snorkeling spot as well as certification diving here. The top of the reef is covered with very large hard corals within 20 feet of the surface and dramatic white coral sand. Large schools of big parrotfish, eagle rays, juvenile wahoo schools and many tropical fish. Also a great location for night dives.

These two pages have more information on the wrecks in the harbors.