Let's face it, Kosrae is remote. I'm an airline pilot for Continental so we traveled for free on Continental Air Micronesia. When we were there the place was deserted. I think there was one other guest. The bungalow we had was within 5 meters of the surf at high tide so we really heard and experienced the ocean. There was a ceiling fan, a flush toilet and a hot water shower in the bungalow and the bed had a big mosquito net (more about that later). The food was edible but nothing I'd reccomend. We didn't dive but we did take a ride through the lovely mangrove swamps in a dugout canoe powered by an outboard motor. The guide was a great and we had a good time. The scenery was wonderful and it's great to see people fishing just as they did hundreds of years ago. The island has neat ruins and the folks are nice but a little distant. There is no night life at all. No canned entertainment. I think the entire island has less than 50 hotel rooms so don't expect anyone to particularly cater to tourists. The owners of the hotel were nice but a little wierd from all of the isolation no doubt. We're pretty low maintenance and they left us alone. The prices are kind of high but since they have to import just about everything, it's understandable.
We had just spent time at the Village in Pohnpei so we were terribly spoiled by the time we got to Kosrae. That said, were quickly tired of the mosquitos and heat. It's not a cool island and even though we were right on the beach, we were never without a patina of sweat. It's just the way Kosrae is. Since we were the only ones in the restaurant, it was hard for them to have the complete menu on hand.
It's a strange atmosphere, not really laid back but not really hustle and bustle either. People were simply going about their business. The Bungalow had a porch with a couple of those plastic chairs you see everywhere but nowhere to lie down and read a book except in bed. They could really use a lounger. The beach is narrow and kind of rocky and wild. The waves can get suprisingly large so be careful if you choose to swim. Needless to say, the beach is deserted to the point of being almost erie. I liked it but my wife had had enough by day three so we hopped a plane to the next island. I probably won't return to Kosrae but if I do, I'll probably stay here again. If you don't like it, there is one other choice and that's a small hotel with claustrophobic rooms and A/C with TV. We stayed there one night but it's sort of a letdown.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Private thatched cottages on the ocean, a world class restaurant, our on-site PADI 5-star dive center and amazing service make an unbeatable combination for a rejuvenating and invigorating holiday. Add a wildly beautiful, remote, mountainous tropical island and you have the holiday of your dreams. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kosrae Village Ecolodge Dive Hotel
- Kosrae Village Ecolodge & Dive Resort South Pacific