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Micronesia - Kosrae

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.

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. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of ruins hidden in the jungle of the Lady Island. You can feel the emotion of discovering this lost civilization after walking for hours in the lush rain forest. This is the kind of place ideal for the archaeologist, the geologist, the biologist, and others curious of a mysterious reminder of Kosrae's little know past. 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.

Kosrae is well known for its citrus fruits. Oranges, limes, mandarins, tangerines and other citrus are available from numerous fruit stands.

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Walung, an isolated village in Kosrae, Micronesia. Photo: Alamy - Courtesy of images.canberratimes.com.au Kosrae beach near Kosrae Village Resort - Courtesy of media-cdn.tripadvisor.com Reef scuba diving - Courtesy of media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com Courtesy of OceanIslandTravel.com Playing basketball on beach sand - Courtesy of media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com

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This video showcases the many treasures of the Micronesian island of Kosrae which is located halfway between Guam and Hawaii in the middle of the great blue Pacific Ocean. Kosrae offers the dream of sunny, unspoiled beaches, caressed by crystal waters and deep blue skies. Vivid green is the color of it's tropical mindscape and calm is the color of it's fragrant refreshing air..On beautiful Kosrae, pleasure calls in the smiles of its gracious people, in the lure of its sea for fishing and play, and most of all in its restful, scenic way of life. Rich in historical sites and ruins, this jewel of Micronesia was a favorite haven of pirate Bully Hayes. Now it can be yours. - Courtesy of OceanIslandTravel.com

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The only service is via United Airlines. Flights to Kosrae are just as easy from Guam as from Honolulu. There is an airport departure tax of $15.

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History: Kosrae Island has been populated for several thousand years and as a result the island is a treasure trove of ancient artifacts which allow experts to draw conclusions about the original settlers on Kosrae and throughout the Pacific. The most famous site is Lelu, a small island that is almost completely man made, during a time when a lever and a strong back were the only "heavy equipment" available. Lelu was a series of walled compounds with paved streets inhabited by the royal family and other high chiefs. The walls and compounds in the center of the island are still partially intact and are considered one of the archaeological wonders of the Pacific. Starting in the early 1900s there has been a number of excavations at Lelu, including German, Japanese and American teams. In addition to Lelu there are many other sites throughout the island.

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Weather: 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. Rainfall is only 12-15 inches per month, primarily during the evenings, and fairly consistent throughout the year. Wind is seasonal. The trade winds blow from November to June, and from July to October there is usually very little wind.

Customs/VISA: 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.

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Dave D. wrote about Dominica:

"Dominica was another stop on our Caribbean cruise. Here's an excerpt from my blog post about our day in Dominica:

The bus departed from the pier at 10:30am and we were en route to our first stop up in the mountains for a hike to a waterfall. As we drove through town, it looked really poor - more than the other places we've visited. During our history lesson of Dominica we learned that the island is 99% volcanic rock and 1% limestone, that there are 17 dormant volcanoes and 365 rivers - one river for every day of the year, and during leap years they find another river, was the joke.

The bus stopped after the 45-minute drive through the mountains, and we were at the entry point of the rain forest for the walk to Spanny's Waterfall. A few people stopped to use the facilities but the rest of the group began their walk through the rain forest - great tour guide, just leaving us to navigate on our own. The walk was roughly 20-minutes and was a pretty substantial hike through the mud. We saw a lot of interesting and colourful plants along the way, but surprisingly no bugs. The waterfall was absolutely beautiful. Could have spent a lot more time there.

Back on the bus, we made our way down the mountain and to Mero Beach, which is a black sand beach. The drive down the mountain was a little easier to handle than the drive up. Baron sure did like to grind the gears, and take the turns pretty fast. The beach was pretty interesting, seeing that I've never been to a black sand beach before. The water looked really murky, but was surprisingly clear - the black sand makes the water clarity deceiving. Because we were with the tour group, we didn't have to pay for the chairs/umbrella, and we were given a free drink at the bar.

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