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 Federated States of Micronesia - Kosrae

Kosrae

The 42-square-mile island of Kosrae is located southeast of Guam and southwest of Hawaii. This island is known for its virgin reef and pristine waters, visibility up to 200+ ft. and thriving hard coral society.

There are more than 172 species of hard corals and 10 species of soft corals. There are over 250 species of fish and other marine life.

This island one of the most devoutly religious in the Pacific. The island comes to a standstill on Sundays, when everything is closed and people are encouraged to honour the Sabbath.

Kosrae port charges were greatly reduced at the end of 2016 with new management, and are now the lowest in FSM.

Main Ports

Lele/Leluh Harbour *

Okat Harbour *

* indicates port of entry

April Cunningham
April Cunningham says:
Sep 07, 2018 05:28 PM

Glen McConchie says:
Sep 05, 2018 05:09 AM

Glen here a Kiwi who is an offshore sailor but living on the island of Yap for the last 5 years, Just a quick note to tell all that it is VERY IMPORTANT to have a valid cruising permit before entering FSM, here in Yap I have seen several boats be fined $1000 USD each for not having one, even after showing proof of having applied but not received one. If a serious bit of revenue collecting is to be avoided I recommend you get it sorted in advance.

The problem lies with head office in Pohnpei, I was witness to and tried to help a Korean sailor who lost everything he owned on the outer reef here at night after falling asleep and landing on the reef, the boat was a total loss and it still cost him $1000 for not having a cruising permit and a bucket load of other fees on top of that for hitting the reef and getting picked up by the local police, he was lucky that a lot of his good gear was taken from the ship with the pickup but unlucky most of it disappeared and the rest was confiscated. Still a great place to visit just be sure to have all in order BEFORE arrival.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Mar 21, 2016 03:02 PM

Posted on behalf of SY ARIEL IV - Kosrae Updates:

This is the Swedish sailing vessel Ariel IV, out on our second circumnavigation. We did the Northwest passage in 2010 and were cruising in the Pacific the last year, and we now have some good news for all the boats going to Micronesia and especially Kosrae (FSM).

After a long time of both high port fees and confusions we can confirm that yachts now only have to pay 30 dollars for 90 days and then 1 dollar a day after that. No Custom or Immigration fees! There is also a Quarantine fee of 25 dollars.
The port control were very helpful and nice.

There are now two ATM machines that do take VISA cards, and others!

Smith, who is the helpful man at ACE Hardware, has a car that we can use for all purposes.

New fantastic hike can be done down in the village of Tafonsak, ask for the Mayor, pay him 10 dollars per head and ask for Lasarus to take you on a fantastic hike and swim up river and to the waterfalls!

We also stayed one night inside the Otwa anchorage bay and there are two red mooring buoys which are alright in normal weather conditions. Beautiful anchorage and close to the inland mangrove area which you can explore if you have kayaks or SUPs or with a local guide on an outrigger.

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