Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the questions that often asked.
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".
When is the rainy season?
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.
When is the best diving?
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.
What are the best dive sites? That's where I want to go!
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.
Do you teach SCUBA classes?
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.
I don't dive, what else can I do?
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.
Are power and water available all the time?
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.
Is the power "US style" or "European"?
The power is 110 volts / 60 cycle which is generally considered standard "US" power. The outlets are designed for US style plugs.
What airlines fly to Kosrae?
United is the only airline serving Kosrae, 2 flights a week originate in Honolulu (flight 154) and 2 flights a week originate in Guam (Flight 155).
My ticket says I'm leaving Honolulu on Monday, but I don't arrive on Kosrae until Tuesday - What Happened??
You cross the International Dateline during the flight and a day "goes into storage." You get it back when you return.
How can I find the best price for my United ticket?
There is a discount Star Alliance Visit Micronesia Airpass that you can buy from United ticket agents. The full details on this ticket are on this Visit Micronesia page
Can I bring gifts for the children?
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.
Is there malaria on Kosrae?
You don't have to worry about malaria on Kosrae or anywhere in the FSM.
Do people speak English?
Yes, almost everyone speaks English and the local people really love teaching visitors a few Kosraean words.
What kind of money is used?
The US Dollar is used on Kosrae and throughout Micronesia.
Is there wireless Internet access at Kosrae Village?
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.
How much are the restaurant meals?
Breakfast averages $8 - $15, lunch averages $10 - $20 and dinner averages $20 - $30. 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.
How did you find Kosrae?
The short answer is that we got lucky :) For the long version check this page.
What makes Kosrae Village "eco" or green?
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.
- We planned and developed Kosrae Village as a green or eco style operation long before it was popular to do so.
- We hired local crafts people to build Kosrae Village by hand in the traditional style, strengthening traditional cultural knowledge.
- No heavy equipment or filling during construction means working with the site as it exists, minimizing damage to land and trees as well as the adjoining reef and mangrove forest.
- Local, biodegradable, building materials means that Kosrae Village has a very light footprint.
- Power lines are buried, preserving the sense of a pre contact village.
- Waste water is processed through large septic and leach systems.
- Waste food is donated to local farmers for pig feed and compost.
- All restaurant greens and fish are purchased from local fishermen and farmers.
- We respect the unique Kosraean culture.
- We provide information so that guests can understand, appreciate and join in cultural activities whenever possible.
- We work with the community to strengthen the stewardship of the irreplaceable Kosraean ecosystems.
- We support local craftspeople, tour guides and entrepreneurs, and encourage guests to patronize local sources.
- We employ and train local staff at all levels in the organization.
- Our active involvement in various environmental projects including:
- founding the Kosrae Conservation and Safety Organization,
- our award-winning (and US tax deductible) coral monitoring program,
- mooring buoy installation and maintenance.
- We provide guests with information on how to safely interact with the various ecosystems, animals, and plants.
- We inform our guests about and encourage them to support various environmental initiatives.
- We ensure that our daily operations are sustainable. We avoid noxious chemicals and we recycle and reuse whenever possible, reducing our carbon footprint.