Kosrae is the easternmost island in the scattered Caroline Islands archipelago and is one of the four states of the Federated States of Micronesia. A tiny dot in the Pacific Ocean, the island is pleasantly undeveloped and has a population of only 6,615 people. The main island of Kosrae measures 42 square miles (110 square km) and the State of Kosrae includes other nearby islands like Lelu Island and several uninhibited islands.
Kosrae has a mountainous profile and is covered in dense tropical jungle that is home to unique animal species like the Kosrae flying fox. Based on studies of archeological sites like the Menka Ruins or the Lelu Ruins, people have been living here since the first millennium AD. Local culture mixed with Christianity runs deep amongst the people of Kosrae and you are also likely to find many traditional foods still served regularly.
The main draw to Kosrae is for scuba diving and records indicate that only about 1,000 people visit on an annual basis. The island is blessed with a magnificent fringing hard coral reef that is in pristine condition due to the lack of frequent visitors. A point to note is that Sundays are rest days on Kosrae and there is often no diving or other activities available, especially in the afternoons.
Take a hike through the jungle on several trails available. Visit the historical sites of Menka and Lelu or see World War II artifacts on the island. Surfing and canoeing are also popular activities. During low tide there are tide pools to snorkel in or you can spend some time birdwatching.
Fly to Kosrae International Airport via the island hopper flights offered by United Airlines which departs from Guam. You can also use Nauru Airlines if flying from Brisbane, Australia.