Diving in Kosrae
1988 when Continental Micronesia added Kosrae to its regular flight schedule,
few divers had the opportunity to enjoy the pristene reefs of Kosrae. Even
today, Kosrae is still one of diving's best kept secrets.
Kosrae's reef structure is healthy and thriving, not
suffering from global climate changes, pollution, over development or too
many divers. Kosrae offers some of the most pristene diving in the world.
Naturally we want
to protect the reefs, so we don't drop anchors from the dive boats.
Kosrae has 58 mooring buoys that circle the entire island. They were installed
as a joint effort of the government of Kosrae, local dive
and resort operators, and international volunteers to protect and monitor
the reefs. Moorings are typically in 30’ to 50’ (9m
to 15m) of water.
The reefs gently slope from a coral plateau
that falls away to a wall or
steep slope as you head out towards the blue. This allows for a pleasant
drift along the slope or wall and by the end of the hour everyone has had ample
to off-gas exploring the shallows.
Divers can jump in at any
of the buoys and drift with the gentile currents to the next buoy where the
dive boat will pick us up. The dive boat captain keeps an eye on the diver's
bubbles and the surface float, so he always knows where they are.
Group Size: Maximum of 6 divers
Water Temperature: 27 to 28 degrees C or 81 to 83
Travel time to divesites: The drive time to the different
marinas is anywhere between five and thirty minutes, depending on which marine
we leave from and what dive site we visit.
Accommodation: Where should we stay in Kosrae? - Nautilus
Divers is part of Kosrae Nautilus Resort. Please click here to see information
about Kosrae accommodations.
PHOTOS BY GLEN COWANS