Known as the Land
of the Sleeping Lady, Kosrae is the easternmost Micronesian
island and the second largest. Kosrae has been described
as an unblemished garden of flowers, palms and citrus trees.
Adventure beckons those wanting to truly get away from it
Steeped in history, the island is ripe for exploration. There
are mysterious ancient ruins of the forefathers of the Kosraean
people. World War II artifacts and cave systems abound, and
there's even a pirate ship sunk beneath the waves.
The mangroves of Kosrae are some of the most amazing in the
world. In some places they form a high jungle canopy where
rivers flow below and channels rise and fall with the tides.
Immense root systems and myriad animal and plant life thrive
in these complicated ecosystems. There is also a marine preserve
on Kosrae where juvenile creatures are allowed to flourish
unmolested by humans. Not all of Kosrae is paved, and villages
such as Walung can be reached only by boat. Here people go
about their daily lives without cars or electricity. They
commute at high tide and must live both from and with the
Kosrae's diving is best known for its pristine reefs, tropical
fish, invertebrates and dolphin encounters. WWII wrecks
to submarine cave formations and pristine hard coral reefs
also lend to the island's adventurous reputation.