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The diving in Kosrae is unspoilt and offers some of the clearest waters and prettiest corals in Micronesia.
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Kosrae or Kusaie is a well developed and highly maintained diving destination, also nick named The Sleeping Lady because of the shape of one of its mountains. Several resorts and bungalows line its shores with beautiful ocean views, high coconut trees for shade and a perfect atmosphere to relax or start one of your day activities. This small ten by ten kilometer long island is ringed with some of the whitest beaches in Micronesia. Life here is still slow with not many paved roads and fishermen still use a traditional lifestyle by using dugout canoes. Remember that Kosrae is highly religious so don't be surprised that you can't go diving on Sunday or that officials might mention to dress properly and not to disturb the warm-hearted indigenous people. Kosrae's climate is excellent with warm sunny days and water temperatures between 27 and 30 degrees year around. The best time to go is between December and April while July and August are the months with the most rainfall.
There are many mangroves adding to the already phenomenal diversity of animal life. You will spot birds and butterflies you have never seen before. The interior of the island is mainly mountainous with dense tropical rainforest, lush river valleys and the highest spot on the island, the 2064ft high Mount Finkol. The steep island Lelu in the east has several archeological ruins belonging to the ancient Malayo seafarers. Other highlights are the waterfalls on the way to Mount Omah, several Japanese caves and unspoiled jungle hikes.
While diving in Kosrae you can expect plunging walls, WWII wrecks and an healthy fringing coral reef perfect for snorkeling as well. More than fifty different dive sites have been marked with buoys to prevent its well preserved coral reefs from being damaged. Some of the marine species you are likely to encounter are several types of sharks, dogtooth tunas, spinner dolphins and many of the common coral reef fish. The clean waters in Kosrae, although still remote and quiet, have already acquainted an international reputation as a diver's paradise.
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