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Scuba diving in Kosrae

Make the long journey to Kosrae to be spoilt with the untouched feel of the island and to explore its magnificent fringing coral reefs.
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Diving in Kosrae

Quick facts

The beauty of diving Kosrae is that you are likely to be the only divers at the site. Dive sites consist of drop-offs, hard coral gardens and sandy bottoms dotted with coral bommies which are often cleaning stations. There is also a shipwreck to visit known as the Lenore which sunk in the 19th century. Technical divers will not be left out here as there are deep sites to explore and also plane wrecks from World War II. New divers will also be able to find many protected sites which are easy to dive and still rewarding.

Many who have visited are often astounded by the health of the coral reefs at Kosrae. All of the dive sites are marked by buoys so there is no damage to the reef from anchoring boats. Expect to see pointy beds of staghorn coral, brain coral, huge table coral, cabbage coral and finger coral intermittent with giant clams, barrel sponges and anemones.

Visibility is often wonderful and can extend beyond 100ft (30m) except at sites where there is run-off from the mangrove swamps. Water temperature averages at about 82˚F (28˚C) and the best time to visit is during July to September. Trade winds blow during November to June so it is usually rainy during these months. That said, the south and west sides of the island are protected and diving here is still very good during the rainy season.

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What to see

Marine life is abundant around Kosrae due to the healthy reef system. Schooling fish like fusilier, barracuda and bigeye trevally are common as are groups of large bumphead parrotfish. Out in the blue, eagle rays often pass by and sharks like grey reef sharks, whitetip sharks and blacktip sharks patrol the reefs together with giant trevally, wahoo, and Dogtooth tuna.

The sandy bottoms littered with hard coral growth are perfect cleaning stations for manta rays which are often seen in this area. There are smaller critters to find as well like lobsters, octopus, shrimp and crab. Besides that, a colorful assortment of parrotfish, angelfish and wrasse bring the reef to life. From the surface, divers often see playful spinner dolphins.

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