Blogs from Kosrae, Micronesia, Oceania


Oceania » Micronesia » Kosrae February 27th 2011

Sunday 27.2 – Kosrae Why are you not allowed to swim on a Sunday when there is so much water around the island? Johanne asked. On Sundays, it is not considered polite to swim, wear short trousers, work, fish – just relax. Kosrae is Christian (like most of the Pacific). At one point in history there were only 300 Kosraean left – history tell that is was because of diseases introduced, but the former school teacher we talked to was convinced it was alcohol and syphilis. Anyway, the 300 left all introduced the strict rules for their society to protect them. We were up a bit late and didn’t mange to get to the Lelu church until 10:15. Birgitte and the children fist when to the building with service for the children, but came to the ... read more

Oceania » Micronesia » Kosrae February 26th 2011

Saturday 26.2 – Kosrae Japanese tunnels from WWII and island views and jungle hike. Today I was picked up by Hamilton, the owner of Ohma peak. His windshield was broken – he was cursing the government for not making landowner trim their coconut trees – one had fallen lately direct on his car. We went to Malem, a village on the east coast and started out from his house. The trek was regular jungle rain forest with green in green. It didn’t rain but I was sweating buckets. Hamilton first with his machete cutting new growth on the path. After one hour we reached a clearing where I saw the first Japanese tunnel. There were a couple of artifacts like a broken sake bottle with ‘nippon’ written on it. Not much animal life – surprised that ... read more
Erik on Mt. Ohma
Sake bottle
Kosrae - the world's car cemetery

Oceania » Micronesia » Kosrae February 25th 2011

Thursday 24.2 – Kosrae Treelodge has some sea kayaks and we took them out for a morning paddle. Much of the island consists of the interior, then a backwater swamp that floods by high tide. Next is another strip of land where the road goes around the island. A shallow sea is enclosed by a coral reef. So the Bully’s – the restaurant at our hotel, is next to the backwater and we started from there. Johanne with me and Anders with Birgitte. It was high tide going low tide, so we started north against the current and you could actually go quite far. There were birds but not so much else animal life. The scenery reminded me of Chang Mai with slow rivers and tree covered hills. We saw no one on the trip, though ... read more
The sleeping lady
Sipyen falls

Oceania » Micronesia » Kosrae February 23rd 2011

Tuesday 22.2 – Majuro – Kosrae, Micronesia Leaving Majuro, Marshall Islands. 45 minutes flight to Kwajalain atoll – also in the Marshall Islands. It is an American military base, and most people got off here. Nobody else were allowed off the plane. After 45 minutes the Island hopper continued and an hour later we were in the easternmost island in Micronesia – Kosrae. A lush and green island with high ‘mountains’ in the middle of the island. Similar to places like Bora Bora. We were the only tourists getting off the plane today together with 12 local. Mark from our hotel, Pacific Treelodge was waiting for us. He was hot happy with the tourist business – you were the only tourists on the plane? And Continental just cut back from 6 flights a week to 4 ... read more
Lelu Ruins, Kosrae
Sleeping lady, Kosrae

Oceania » Micronesia » Kosrae January 29th 2011

Jan 29: Wow, what a day. There was no work lined up today so we had a play day. We took a boat ride out to some ruins called Nan Madol, also known as the Venice of the Pacific. It is a city built on about 100 man-made islands by placing columnar basalt on coral reefs. The basalts are stacked up like a log cabin. Some rocks weigh several tons. The islands have water channels between them; we scooted around in sea kayaks to explore them. After that, we had lunch on a beautiful white sandy beach, hiked up to an awesome water fall, and then went snorkeling out towards the outer reef where it drops off about 200m deep. Words can’t describe how beautiful it was. ... read more
Me at the Ruins
More Ruins
Not a bad place to have lunch

Oceania » Micronesia » Kosrae July 2nd 2009

Kosrae Got our first glimpse of a tropical island paradise approaching the airport on the nw coast of Kosrae (ko-shry’), the easternmost of the four states of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). A car from our lodging, the Kosrae Village Resort, picked us up at the tiny air terminal. The immediate impression of the island is of exuberant plant life - every inch is bursting with greenery, from mosses and ferns to giant trees. Very little traffic on the peripheral road, which nearly circles the island - the only road of any length. The 5,000 or so residents mostly live along this road - there are five settlements or villages where the houses are closer and there are a few little stores, as well as schools or government buildings, but there's no one central town. ... read more
Hut at Kosrae Village Resort
Inside our hut
At sunset from beach 20 yds in front of our hut

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