Rainforest hikes, kayaking, surfing, fishing, and bird watching are among the many adventures available on Kosrae. Our beautiful tropical island eco lodge offers more than the restorative pleasure of sunbathing, dining, and diving. The island of Kosrae abounds with natural beauty and treasures that you will want to explore.
We'll help you plan every aspect of your time on Kosrae. We understand that great but affordable accommodations and exciting activities don't necessarily fall into every traveler's lap, so we try to do everything we can to help. Almost anything you can think of to do on the island is at your disposal. There's something for everyone (though you might find snowboarding a little difficult to come by).
Hike through the dense rainforests that cover the slopes of Kosrae's mountains, explore the sea coast and mangrove swamps in a kayak, visit ancient Micronesian or World War II ruins, take your binoculars and go bird watching or snorkel or surf in Micronesia's blue, blue water. There are so many activities that you will need weeks to experience them all.
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 two bars on the island and five restaurants, ours is the best, naturally! There are several good local bands and they play at our restaurant for private parties and special occasions, like New Year's Eve.
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!
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.Click here for more detailed information on diving on the coral rich Kosraean reefs.
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.
Do you want to make a contribution to the continuing health of coral reefs?
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
us or click here for more detailed information
on our monitoring program.
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.
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 is reached.
For more details and photos check this page.
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 has recently been open to the public is the Menka ruins. No archaeological work has been done at this site yet, so you get to see it deep in the jungle as it has been for hundreds of years.
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.
The fishing is all local style here, Kosrae has no commercial big game fishing operations. But the fish are certainly here. Occasionally local fishermen will bring in a 200 pound marlin - on a hand line! These fish are bigger than the boat.
Many fishermen (and women) have visited us. They bring their own tackle (fly fishing for barracuda??) or join the local fishermen.
Locally, the fishermen troll during the day and fish at night by skin diving or bottom fishing with a hook and line. Many fishermen are also skilled with the traditional throwing net.
The ladies put out small nets, glean the reef flat for shells, and fish the mangrove channels for the delicious mangrove crabs.
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!
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, demonstrating when ever possible.
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, 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.
"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."