Yama Oto Umi, Ltd.
World Tour Planners Co.,Ltd.
Kosrae's attractions are varied and numerous, focusing on history, culture, and
the environment. It is one of the places in the world that has true
ecotourism. Trekking through jungles and mountains, quietly canoeing in
the mangrove channels, marveling at Neolithic ruins, or diving pristine
reefs and sunken ships are just some of the many activities awaiting the
Or you may wish to simply do nothing at all and unwind from the
hectic pace of today's world. Basking in the equatorial sun or
snorkeling in the colorful reefs may be the ticket you need to refresh
yourself. Be forewarned: It's contagious!
Address : Lelu village near Thurston’s Enterprises
One of the wonders of the Neolithic world, the Lelu Ruins is an archaeologists dream. Built
by hand over the course of several hundred years, the city of Lelu was
crafted from multi-ton basalt prisms that were transported from the
other side of the island. The walled city represented the peak of
cultural development and architectural achievement during the last years
of the 15th century.
The religious and political capital – with its impressive walls standing 20
feet high, royal tombs and residences of the king and his family, and
intricately cut channels for canoes to transport food and other
necessities – will capture your imagination like no other site on
Address : Utwe District
Menke Ruins is a
reminder of Kosrae’s past: there you will see some basalt walls,
chambered living quarters and religious platforms. This area was built
years before Lelu and is considered a religious site where ancient
Kosraens worshipped "Singlaku," the Goddess of Breadfruit. She is
believed to have magical powers and be able to produce food during
periods of dry weather. It is also suggested she fled to Yap at the time
of the first missionary’s arrival, although some believe she is still
Hiking the Menke ruins and jungle take about four hours,
but the tour features an educational discussion about flora used by
traditional healers, traditional chants and swimming in the
crystal-clear mountain waters of Menke River.
Advanced notice is required. Local fruits and drinks are provided. Arrangement can be made at your hotel
Hiking Mt.Finkol is for the adventurous, experienced and fit traveler since
this is Kosrae’s highest peak. The hike up the near 2,000-foot
mist-shrouded mountain requires a tour guide and about eight hours
(round-trip). The trail is steep and can be difficult during raining
weather, but it is well worth the time. As you slowly work your way up
the trail, check out the varied flora and fauna. Once the summit is
reached, you will be rewarded with a panoramic view of the island.
Access is gained on the new road in Utwe.
Address : Tafunsak Village
Contact : (691) 370-3122
The James Palsis Marine Park offers visitors a look at some of Micronesia’s most pristine forests and mangrove ecosystems. Located between Tafunsak and Walung villages the Park is a community-based conservation area, recognized by the people and state of Kosrae for its outstanding and sustainable biodiversity. You can snorkel in crystal clear, 83 degree F waters over colorful reefs teeming with life, or strolling along the isolated beaches near Walung Village. In the Park, you can unwind at the Parks newly completed picnic huts and have a BBQ. Toilet facilities available.
Address : Lelu Village, Tafunsak Village, Walung Village
Contact : (691) 370-2228
This quote by Bruce L. Campbell says it all; “Close your eyes and imagine a secluded white sandy without a single footprint to mar its pristine beauty. Imagine the thunderous roar of the surf crashing over distant reefs and the sound of gentile waves lapping against the shore. A cool ocean breeze stirs the lush jungle growth and the perfumed scent of the many flowers carries for miles. Does this sound like your idea of paradise? If you open your eyes, you’ll find yourself transported to another world of island beauty – Kosrae!
Address : Utwe and Walung
Contact: (691) 370-2321
The Utwe-Walung Marine Park offers visitors a look at some of Micronesia’s
most pristine forests and mangrove ecosystems. Located between Utwe and
Walung villages the Park is a community-based conservation area,
recognized by the people and state of Kosrae for its outstanding and
You can select from a variety of tour offerings at the Park – seeing the mangrove channels by traditional
canoes, trekking to ancient stone ruins built centuries ago deep in the
rainforest, snorkeling in crystal clear, 83 degree F waters over
colorful reefs teeming with life, or strolling along the isolated
beaches near Walung Village.
In the Park, you can unwind at the Parks newly completed headquarters. Set on the shore a stones throw from
the famous Bully Hayes shipwreck site, the buildings architecture
mirrors the past with a steep-pitch weaved roof and an open-area
interior that is breezy and comfortable. Bathroom facilities available.
Advance notice is recommended. Canoe tours are based on the tidetable.
Transportation service available. For more information, ask your hotel or contact: (691) 370-2321
Address : Tafunsak
The bird cave, located in Tafunsak about two miles from the airport and
just before the quarry, is home to thousands of Island Swiftlets. The
mouth of the cave has a large opening that goes back about 60 feet; the
floor is soft, but is covered with bird droppings and is considered
unsafe to walk. It is believed that the cave once cut through the
island. Local lore says that a family of giants used to live there, and believed to have introduced Kosraean numbers. A sign adjacent to the cave will inform you of the legend.
Park adjacent to the site of the main road.
Address : Malem
Though a dam now conserves water at Toror in Malem, it was once a Japanese command post during the Second World War. Hiking is considered easy – about 10 minutes – for all ages.
Address : Utwe
Sipyen Waterfall is a refreshing 30 foot cascade of mountain waters that
bathers and photographers alike will enjoy. Located in Utwe, the
waterfall offers a relief from the tropical heat. A small bath pool at
the bottom rewards those healthy enough for the short five minute walk.
Rocks can be slippery, so be careful when walking up the cleared path
and in the shallow creek bed. The landowner lives nearby. It is courteous to ask permission before enjoying this site.
Address : Tofol
Ancient artifacts and restored photos of Kosraean history and culture are kept here. The Museum is open free to the public.
Address : Lelu Causeway
This is a national project where protected giant clams can reach up to 3 feet and weigh 1000lbs! The clams are raised at Kosrae Aquaculture and then taken to the giant calm sanctuary at the reef on Lelu. The aquaculture building is located on the causeway and you can arrange a dive to the sanctuary through your diving resort.
An Endemic Species Tour: View the last and only Terminalia Carolinses stand in the world. This tree also known as “KA” locally is a very important part of Kosrae. The KA forest is located in Yela a swamp area access only by boat between Tafunsak and Walung. Within the watershed area of the forest located these densely populated families of Terminalia Carolinses (KA) trees fed by the Yela river valley. One can also see some endemic bird species of Kosrae are found within the area such Micronesian pigeons, fruit doves, starlings, and dusky white eye.
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