Kosrae is a unique eco-tourist's delight, with the jungle and the mangroves offer a diversity of life that will delight birdwatchers and biologists alike and white sandy beaches surrounding the shoreline looking out to fringing reefs, where pristine coral gardens are home to a diverse variety of marine life and vast schools of vibrant tropical fish.
With enchanting rainforests, mysterious historical ruins and an international reputation for diving, Kosrae stands out among its Micronesian neighbors. The traditional skills of woodcarving, traditional canoe and cottage construction, fishing, farming and cooking and fine weaving from hibiscus, pandanus and coconut palm are regularly practiced as they have been for hundreds of years.
In terms of Diving and water sports, Kosrae is known as the undiscovered "Jewel of the Pacific" because of her pristine waters and thriving untouched fringing coral reef. Visibility can reach up to 200 ft with a thriving hard coral community that is 2000 years old. There are more than 172 species of hard corals and 20 species of soft corals, along with 400 species of fish and marine life. Spinner dolphins are resident's of the coast and whales sometimes can be spotted. The three natural harbors are home to shipwrecks and planes. There are 55 mooring buoy's installed around the reefs of Kosrae that makes easy access for dive boats and fisherman, and greatly reduces damages to the reef.
There are several points of interest highlighting natural sites on the island including the Bird Cave, a natural cave of impressive size, with hundreds of indigenous Island Swiftlet birds residing in it. One of great interest site is the Lelu ruins; today the remnants of the walled city of Lelu are one of the archaeological wonders of the Pacific. This historical site dates back to the 13th century. These ruins of large basaltic walls, channels, streets, tombs, and living quarters can be explored within a few minutes from your resort.
In addition, commonly visited hiking trails such as Oma and Menke which yield some of the most beautiful sites in Kosrae, with tropical fauna, flora, cascading waterfalls, and WWII caves. While in the rainforest, one can do bird watching or consider a climb up Mt. Finkol, the highest point on Kosrae reaching over 2,000 ft. The remoteness of your surroundings gives you the feeling that you're the first one to ever reach the summit. On one side of the island one can view the last remaining Terminalia Carolinenses stand in the world. The KA forest as it is known locally covers 65 acres, is located in Yela area, and is accessible only by boat. The mangrove channel tours is another amazing popular tour.
During the Kosrae Festival Week, the entire island gathers to celebrate with plenty of food, sports competitions, handicraft and farm fairs, floats, school presentations and local arts.
For details, please visit our website at www.kosrae.com or contact the Kosrae Visitors Bureau Email: Kosrae@mail.fm, PO Box 659, Tofol, Kosrae 96944 Tel: (691) 370-2228, (691) 370-2187, Fax: (691) 370-3000.