You’re going where? Kosrae Micronesia. I heard this a couple of times as I was telling people about my plans for my trip through the Central Pacific.

What are you going to do there? I’m not fully sure. I’ve booked my hotel and we’ll see.

So where are you staying? Nautilus Resort on Kosrae.

I’ve heard of that. Why have I heard of that?

Well, that’s a story. The resort was actually won in a raffle. The original owners came up with the idea to sell raffle tickets for the resort. They sold over 75,000 tickets in Australia and Joshua had the winning ticket.  He took over the resort in November and running the resort since then.

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When I first decided to visit Kosrae Micronesia I don’t know exactly what I thought it would be like but I was impressed with the island and everything it had to offer.  I guess when I was flying there I started to realise just how far removed these islands are from everything else.

I didn’t know a lot about Micronesia before I visited but I came back and researched it as I saw a lot of similarities to the US.  The Federated States of Micronesia has close ties to the US since World War 2 and became an independent nation in 1986.  There is still an American influence with the US Army bases there, using the US Dollar as currency and receiving their imported goods from both Guam and California.  And of course I loved the fact that I could find cherry coke and Chex mix there!

Micronesia is located between Hawaii and the Philippines.  I visited Kosrae Micronesia in December and flew there via Nauru.  The best months to visit are from December to March.  Micronesia is made up of several islands the cross five different time zones.

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Kosrae Micronesia is often called the jewel of Micronesia for its unspoiled environment.  On arriving at the airport I was surprised by the landscape.  After being in Kiribati with the flat, sandy landscape and teal blue waters I found Kosrae to be the exact opposite – mountainous, rocky, lush green with forest.

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Now what is there to do in Kosrae you ask?  Well, lots actually.  You won’t find bars, restaurants or clubs or shopping centres but the natural beauty on the island is well worth the trip.  I did a day tour around the island and here were our top stops.

Sipyen Waterfalls –

It had been raining quite a lot on the island leading up to my arrival so a lot of the hikes to the waterfalls were not possible because it would have been too slippery/muddy.  This waterfall though was a short trek from the side of the road to the waterfall.

Wiya Bird Caves –

This was really cool for me 1.) because it was a bird cave not a bat cave and 2.)it was really cool to see the birds flying to and from their nests.  Their nests are used for the famous bird nest soup.  3.)Forest Agriculture – Leading up to the caves our guide pointed out that how this was a farm.  Now he had pointed out several farms along the way and I really couldn’t see what he was talking about.  Then he told me this is forest agriculture where they plant their fruit and veg within the current forest instead of clearing the land to plant.  I found this fascinating once he pointed out all the different types of trees and plants growing – pineapple, guava, taro.  It really is a genius way to farm and with all the bird droppings in flight on the way to the caves the soil was extremely rich.kosrae micronesia

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The sleeping woman island  –

Can you see her head to the right of the photo?  If the clouds hadn’t rolled in as I took this photo is actually a bit clearer to see.kosrae micronesia

Snorkelling the blue hole –

The blue hole is located right across the street from Nautilus Resort and they provide snorkel gear for free.  It looks amazing and there are all types of fish found here.  There are also some great diving sites around the island but because I was going to be flying the next day I was not able to go diving.

Kayaking in the mangroves –

The mangrove forest surrounds the island and you can follow the channels of the mangroves right from the back of the Nautilus Resort and they have free kayak hire.  Its extremely beautiful and peaceful kayaking through the channel and taking in the beauty of the island.

As you can see I packed a lot in the few days I was there and there were quite a few other things to do on the island.  Micronesia is one of those places where I can say I was truly off the beaten path, met some really nice people and was able to get an idea of life on the island.

Many thanks to Nautilus Resort for hosting me during my stay in Micronesia and for showing me around the island– like always, all opinions are my own.

 

 

 

 

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18 thoughts on “Visiting Kosrae Micronesia

  1. Nina

    This part of the world fascinates me. I would love to learn more about it and travel there one day. It’s interesting to hear of the US influence over there.

  2. Lara

    This sounds like a wonderful place to visit. Thanks so much for sharing as I knew very little about it. I would be fascinated by the bird cave too!

  3. Kiwirugbytravelstories

    How beautiful is this part of the world, I flew over Guam on my way to Japan in September and always wondered what it’s culture is like with the American influence and obviously Micronesia is no different either:

  4. luxurybackpacking | Emma

    I’m so glad I’ve come across your post! We are thinking of visiting on of the Pacific Islands in October but its so hard to choose! We’ve already visited Fiji and will be going to Vanuatu in April! Guess we will be adding Micronesia to our list too!

  5. Melissa

    I like the picture of the sleeping woman. That is very cool. Is getting there expensive and is the hotel expensive? What about food.

  6. Hang Around The World

    Micronesia is on our travel list and we’d like to visit it later this year. We really love to visit the Sipyen Waterfalls, they looks so beautiful. In love with these pics, thank your for the share 🙂

  7. TravelingDreads

    I have never been to this part of the world but hope that maybe one day I will get to experience it for myself. For now, I’ll just have to travel vicariously through you 🙂

  8. Sheena

    Wow, it looks so untouched. Not somewhere that’s on my travel bucket list but your post has definitely given me food for thought!

  9. Chiera

    I’ve never actually heard of this place before! It looks absolutely beautiful! (I can’t believe the current owner won the resort in a raffle, that’s amazing haa) Love ly post!

  10. Sharad kandoi

    Wow sounds like an interesting place. I had never heard of this place before but after reading your blog, I am tempted to add this to my bucket list. Thanks for sharing.

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