Kosrae Island Snorkeling
The 7th most popular snorkel dive spot in Micronesia.
Monday 10 September 2018 07:02 GMT
In the Federated States of Micronesia, the snorkeling at Kosrae Island is popular for its diverse marine life. The entire island is surrounded by a numbered mooring buoy system that helps to identify the best offshore dive spots. The Blue Hole located just offshore of the Nautilus Resort is the best known snorkel spot on the island. It is best explored by snorkeling the edge clockwise around the 60 foot deep hole, which can take up to 3 hours to circumnavigate. It is home to plenty of juvenile reef fish, angelfish, chromis, baitfish, large pufferfish and stingrays.
Off the northwest coast near the airport, the snorkeling at Shark Island offers diverse shark sightings. In addition to sharks, you may also encounter barracuda, eagle rays, sea turtles, large Napoleon wrasse It is accessed by boat only and is marked by Buoys #39 and #40. Make sure to use care at Shark Island since it is known for fast currents.
On the southcoast southeast of Utwa, the snorkeling at Hiroshi Point is accessible from the beach and is one of the best Kosrae snorkel spots. In 20 foot deep water, there are large hard corals to explore in the sand flats. During Hiroshi Point snorkeling, you may encounter eagle rays, parrotfish, wrasses, squids and reef sharks along with Christmas tree worms on the coral heads. It is located near Buoy #15 and the currents typically run to the north around the point.
Oon the southcoast, the Utwa Harbour area offers two snorkeling options. First, in the harbour center near the steep coral walls, there are boat-accessed open water dives where there are plentiful spotted eagle ray schools to enjoy. The spot is known as Eagle Ray Wall. Alternately, there are beach-accessed snorkeling spots along the Utwa coastline where there is a shallow reef with hard coral heads including cabbage coral, staghorn coral and brain coral. Even here, you should keep an eye out for an occasional cruising spotted eagle ray.
While the local language is Kosraean, most of the locals also speak English. When planning your trip, keep in mind that the water tends to be calmer and currents slack during the summer months of June to October.
To reach the snorkeling at Kosrae, you will need to fly into Kosrae International Airport (KSA). The main flight is serve by the infamous United flight 154 between Honolulu and Guam, which stops at several islands along the route. This flight operates 3 days a week including Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If you'd like a view when landing, make sure to get a seat in Rows 1 to 10 with preferably Seat A. Should you make use of United flight 154, keep in mind that it runs between Honolulu (HNL) to Majuro in Marshall Islands (MAJ) to Kosrae (KSA) to Pohnpei (PNI) to Chuuk (TKK) and then Guam (GUM), so plan to stop at one or more of the islands overnight for some snorkeling, too.
Overall, Kosrae Island is the 7th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 9 snorkeling dives in Micronesia.