is Micronesia's most remote destination, and can be
described as an unblemished garden of flowers, palms
and citrus trees where the clear, clean seas that surround
it are home to healthy and diverse coral reefs.
Kosrae has spectacular fringing reefs that completely
encircle the island. The abundance of marine life and
pristine hard corals is impressive.
One of Kosrae's greatest attractions is the clear, clean
ocean and living coral reefs that completely surround
it. Offshore the coral reefs slope steeply into the
clear blue depths. Both vertical drop offs and undulating
profiles of cascading corals appear before you as underwater
visibility averages 100 feet plus, The reefs comprise
hundreds of densely packed coral species, attracting
an abundance of marine life. A diver could observe 30
to 50 species of fish in a single dive. Large numbers
of turtles inhabit the waters of this island paradise.
Kosrae is located roughly half way between Hawaii and
Guam in Micronesia.There are 42 miles of reefs and walls
in which to dive on. We have over 50 mooring buoys around
the Island so the pristing coral is never damaged, average
visability is 100ft + with both large and small tropical
fish which makes for excellent photography.We dive all
year as there is always a sheltered side to escape the
Airlines offers flights to Kosrae from Honolulu and
visitors arriving in the Federated States of Micronesia
must have and present proof of citizenship or nationality
by possessing a valid passport or other travel document
issued by the government of the country of citizenship
or nationality. The document must be valid for at least
120 days beyond the date of departure. Citizens and
nationals of the Federated States of Micronesia, Republic
of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, or the
United States may prove citizenship or nationality by
possessing a passport, birth certificate or Federated
States of Micronesia entry permit.
arrival, all non-citizens without a valid entry permit
must present a completed "Federated States of Micronesia
Immigration Arrival and Departure Record." This
form is furnished by a carrier prior to arrival at the
point of entry. Those wishing to visit for a period
exceeding 30 days must also complete a entry permit.
A permit is not required for a person visiting the FSM
for 30 days or less.
visitor must demonstrate the ability to travel onward
beyond the Federated States of Micronesia and to leave
at the end of the visit. This can be shown by possession
of a return or onward ticket to a destination outside
of the Federated States of Micronesia to a place where
his or her travel documents will allow entry. At the
discretion of the Chief of Immigration & Labor,
in lieu of a ticket, the visitor may present any other
form of proof to show that the non-citizen will be able
to leave upon expiration of the visit or otherwise.
and nationals of the Republic of Palau, the Republic
of the Marshall Islands and the United States may be
issued an entry permit for the duration of the visit
which shall not exceed one year.
other noncitizens may be issued an entry permit for
an additional period not to exceed 60 days.
non-citizens, other than visitors must have their entry
permits applied for prior to arrival.
Tax for Kosrae is US$15.
Banking and Credit Cards:
The U.S. dollar is the official currency. There are
several U.S. FDIC insured banks operating in the Federated
States of Micronesia. Most major credit cards are welcome
at most visitor-oriented businesses.
The Federated States of Micronesia spans two time zones.
Yap and Chuuk are 10 hours ahead of GMT; Pohnpei and
Kosrae are GMT +11 hours.
Modern, reliable telecommunication links worldwide.
TV, FAX and Internet services are readily available
through the services of the Federated States of Micronesia
The Federated States of Micronesia is a healthy place
to visit. There are no tropical diseases and health
care is readily available. Each of the Federated States
of Micronesia has a modern major hospital.
U.S. Postal rates apply, and there are post offices
on all the four states. Post offices are open daily
during regular business hours and are closed on week-ends.
Travel light. It never gets cold in FSM, so only lightweight
clothing should be brought. Attire is very casual and
formal wear is considered unnecessary and impractical.
Hats, sunglasses and sun screen are recommended when
enjoying the sun.
Churches of many denominations can be found throughout
Several newspapers, government and private, are available.
There are several AM and FM radio stations as well as
cable stations on Pohnpei and Chuuk where you can watch
live satellite broadcasts of CNN and ESPN.
Visitors to the country are guests and hospitality is
an honor in our culture. Tips are neither expected nor
Standard 110 volt and US type outlets are used.
Taxis are plentiful in the state centers and can be
called to most locations. Rental cars, local boats and
buses are also available.
The stores in state centers offer a variety of goods
including T-shirts with local expressions, arts and
crafts, items of local manufacture such as jewelry,
carvings and other local products. All make perfect
gifts to remember your visit.
Business hours are normally from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00
p.m. and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
On weekends most retail outlets are open with some limiting
hours from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Banks and Government
Offices are closed. Restaurants and Bars are open until
10:00 p.m. on weekdays and on weekends.
The staple foods of the island are taro, yam, breadfruit,
sweet potatoes and coconut. The main source of protein
are fish, crabs, clams and pork. Restaurants offer local
fare on their menus along with a wide selection of international