Okay,,,,it takes a bit of doing to get to Kosrae, but you will be rewarded with an unspoiled Pacific island experience. The Kosrae Nautilus will take care of every need. This is not a cookie cutter "resort" type hotel. It is a small, quaint hotel run by real and wonderful people (Doug and Sally.) The rooms are very clean and basic but comfortable.The staff is outstanding and will take very good care of you. You actually get to know them and they...you. The restaurant has wonderful food, some local dishes and things like pizza and hamburgers. (I got addicted to the breadfruit chips.) Because it is small, if you need something, they will take care of it quickly and with a smile.
Unlike many other tropical destinations with large hotels and the accompanying large tourist crowds, this is a non-tourist dominated island. This is important (for me anyway): At NO time did I ever feel like the staff or the locals were trying to separate me from my money. At NO time did ever feel unsafe.
I did a "resort dive" with Doug (a great dive master). I have had the great fortune of diving the Great Barrier Reef and Cozumel, but the underwater scenery off Kosrae was....wonderous. If you don't dive, the Blue Hole, located literally in the hotel's front yard, is a snorkeling paradise. More species of fish than you can count and amazing underwater topography.
I also spent a couple of days with Matt Rott of Kosrae Surf.Tours. (Nautilus can arrange for you to hook up with him.) He took me on some serious hiking and snorkeling adventures and can take you out surfing if the swells are right. A great tour guide and all around good guy.
You are not cloistered from the world at Nautilus. It is a popular place for the local Kosraens to have coffee in the morning and have a family dinner at night. Enjoy their company...friendly, gracious and warm people.
I had been told before going that mosquitos were an issue. I never felt the bite of one mosquito while I was there. If you trek into the forest you might encounter them...but I was never on their dinner menu.
I did not spend a whole lot of money. Everything is reasonably priced..the hotel, food, tours were all reasonable.
The island and the hotel are truly "escapes". There's no shopping, no huge spa/resort, no massive tourist infrastructure that has altered either the island itself or the psyche of those who are there.
I was a solo traveler and though I was there alone...I never felt lonely. I friendly conversation with Salik or Wallace at the hotel or my new friend Jack who lives nearby was always possible and welcome. Jack and I spent more than a few mornings drinking coffee together and learning about each other. The Kosraens are happy to answer any questions you have about their island or their culture.
This is probably as close as I will ever come to a very genuine and authentic island experience without all the trappings of a tourist destination. I strongly recommend this hotel, island and experience for those who want something real and who truly want to get away.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Eighteen air-conditioned guest rooms and a restaurant, plus outside dining by the swimming pool. Full service NAUI dive shop, purpose built dive boats. Island tours arranged. The ideal location for business and pleasure travelers. Free airport transfers, and rental cars arranged. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kosrae Nautilus Hotel Kosrae
- Kosrae Nautilus Resort South Pacific