Beautiful Kosrae (pronounced Kosh-rye) is one of the island States of the Federated States of Micronesia, just a delightful boat ride north of the Equator. The second largest island, Kosrae is a paradise for divers and adventurers alike, with the most beautiful white beaches in Micronesia.
Kosrae, called “The Sleeping Lady” because of the shape of one of its picturesque mountains is covered with dense tropical jungles and high volcanic peaks, with lush river valleys and spectacular views. The island is surrounded by very healthy fringing reefs teeming with splendidly colorful tropical fish feeding off the spectacular corals. Visibility often exceeds 30 meters (100') — perfect for spotting paddling sea turtles and large rays winging their way through the blue waters. The coral reefs, which slope steeply into the clear blue depths, are one of the great attractions of Kosrae. Equally attractive are its warm-hearted people. Visitors leave here with vivid memories and a yearning to return.
Click on the link below to read what Australia's largest dive magazine had to say about Kosrae and Nautilus Resort in their Feb/March 2008 issue.
Location & Transportation
Kosrae is the second largest and eastern most island in the Federated States of Micronesia. Lying 5.2 degrees north latitude and 163 degrees east longitude, it is north of the Solomon Islands and halfway between Hawaii and Guam. Kosrae is a single island state of 42 sq. miles and is one of the most beautiful islands in the Pacific. Kosrae is in the same time zone as the Solomon Islands or New Caledonia, Greenwich Mean Time plus 11 hours.
United Airlines services Kosrae with two east and west bound flights per week from Honolulu and Guam, which makes Kosrae easily accessible even for short vacations. When doing a flight search, Kosrae's airport code is KSA.
The Kosrae International Airport, in Tafunsak Village is located at the north-western corner of Kosrae, and is only 15 minute drive from our hotel.
Kosrae's airport currently handles direct 737 flights. They leave Honolulu (HNL) on Monday and Friday mornings at 7.25 am. During this trip you will have two 45-minute stops, the first in Majuro and the second in Kwajalein, and after crossing the international dateline, and traveling a total of around 8 hours, you arrive the next day, Kosrae local time at 1.12 pm. Kosrae also receives flights from Guam (GUM) on Monday and Friday that leave at 8.20 am. There are two 45-minute stops, the first in Chuuk and the second in Pohnpei, and the flight arrives in Kosrae at 2.47 pm local time. (See the map above)
If you are traveling to Kosrae from Europe, the common flight paths are via Manila (Philippines), Seoul (Korea), or Tokyo (Narita Inl, Japan), and then connecting through Guam.
From Australia the easiest way is to take a Nauru Airlines flight from Brisbane (BNE) to Pohnpei (PNI) then fly on United Airlines over to Kosrae on the Saturday
From Fiji the easiest way is to take a Nauru Airlines flight from Nadi (NAN) on a Friday morning at 5.00 am to Pohnpei (PNI) and then fly on United Airlines to Kosrae on the Saturday
Return flights to Fiji and Australia leave Kosrae on Sunday morning at 5.25 am, and arrive in Nadi at 4.40 pm and in Brisbane at 5.45 pm.
From the U.S. mainland, the common flight path is via Honolulu, but you can also take a direct flight to Tokyo from many U.S. cities, and then travel via Guam.
General Information about Kosrae
Kosraean is the local language and the older citizens still speak Japanese, but most of the people also speak good English.
Approximately 6,600 (2011 census)
The average day time temperature is 28 to 30 degrees Celsius (82 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit), and at night it only drops to 26 degrees Celsius (80 degrees Fahrenheit). Humidity is usually high, so air-conditioning is available in all of our guest rooms and restaurant, or you can enjoy outdoor dining with ceiling fans outside by the swimming pool. The trade winds blow between November and May with an average annual rainfall of approximately 180 inches in the mountains. There is no particular rainy season, but overnight rainfall of an inch is common.
Several stores on the island offer a variety of goods, along with one large supermarket. Hotel gift shops offer locally made handicrafts and souvenir T-shirts. The Visitor's Bureau also offers souvenirs. MasterCard, Visa and Travelers Checks are accepted by Kosrae Nautilus Resort & some other hotels. Car rental and smaller businesses do not accept credit cards. Local artisans sell handicrafts from their homes and workshops and in small general stores.
Rental cars and Taxi Services
Taxis and rental cars can be arranged once you arrive at the resort. If you like, we can have a rental car waiting at the airport or hotel for you. If you arrange a rental car through us you can also make payment for it to us with your credit card.
There is one post office on Kosrae. Postal rates are similar to those within the United States. The post office is open Monday-Friday, 8.30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Saturday 11.30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and is closed Sundays and on FSM holidays. Courier service is available for express mail to destinations in the U.S., and elsewhere throughout the world.
Kosrae is linked to the rest of the world by way of satellite and fiber optics. A full range of telecommunication services, including pre-paid telephone cards, internet, and facsimile machines are available to all points overseas. The telephone country code is 691.
Our resort has wireless internet, so if you bring your laptop, you can connect in your room, by the swimming pool, at the beach front gazebo, or under one of our thatched huts with a swinging chair. The Wi-Fi is free in our lobby, or accessible by prepaid card from your guest room. If you don't bring your own computer, you can visit FSM Telecom's office in Tofol from 8 am to midnight & connect to the internet on their computers with a pre-paid card at .08 cents/Mb ($5.00 minimum).
Banking and Currency
Kosrae uses United States currency. There are two commercial banks, the Bank of the FSM and the Bank of Guam (hours 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday to Friday). Both banks have an ATM. Only a few places, including our resort accept credit cards.
Standard 110 volts and US outlets.
Since Kosrae is 400 miles north of the equator, the sun's rays are very strong. You should plan on using sun screen and limiting sunbathing. Bring a long sleeve rash shirt if you plan on snorkeling.
We have 26 channels of cable TV including CNN and BBC to catch up on the world news, along with the Discovery Channel.
What to Wear
You should plan on dressing in a casual but conservative manner, both for protection from the sun and so as not to offend the local people. Light summer clothing is always appropriate. Throughout the Pacific it is considered immodest to reveal the upper leg. Men and women should wear long shorts (Bermuda length), skirts or lava lava's while in the villages or in public areas such as restaurants. Dress is more relaxed at our resort. When attending Sunday church services, men should wear long pants and a shirt with a collar. Women should keep in mind that modesty of attire is preferable. A skirt or dress would be more appropriate than slacks, and a top with at least a short sleeve.
Places of Worship
The majority of people on Kosrae are Congregationalists, but there are other denominations represented as well, including Seventh-Day Adventists, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Catholics, Baptists, Pentecostal, and Assembly of God. All hold regular services, visitors are welcome to attend the church of their choice.
Kosrae has a Police Department and Hospital.
Rose Mackwelung Library
For the reader, the Rose Mackwelung Library may be of interest. The library, located on the Kosrae High School campus in Tofol, it offers a fine collection of images of Micronesia, and its Pacific Island collection contains many Micronesian reference works. The Reference section has many government documents. Hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Kosrae Holiday & Festivals
- January 1: New Year's Day
- January 11: Constitution Day
- January 17: Lelu Municipal Holiday
- May 10: Proclamation of the FSM
- June 6: Malem Municipal Holiday
- July 20: Utwe Municipal Holiday
- September 7, 8: Liberation Day (Liberation Week celebrations)
- October 24: United Nations Day
- November 7: Self Governance Day
- November 11: FSM Veterans of Foreign War Day
- Last Thursday in November: Thanksgiving
- December 25: Christmas Day