Wednesday, October 17, 2012


This is said to be Micronesia's most remote destination, and unlike the other three Federated States of Micronesia, Korsae has no outlying atolls. It is high volcanic island extending to some 110 sq km in the area with steep contours and dense vegetation that have prevented development. The islands is sometimes called ‘the sleeping lady’ because it appears to have the female form when viewed from the sea.
It is surrounded by coral reefs that are carefully protected against damage. More than 170 species of hard coral have been identified, plus ten soft corals, and the reefs and the lagoons are home to over 250 different types of fish and marine animal. The Utwe – Walung Marine Park preserves untouched forest and mangrove ecosystems.

The inhabitants continue to rely on traditional farming and fishing for subsistence. They used to live in family groups surrounding a communal cookhouse, but this practice is in decline. They also delight in traditional singing, chanting, weaving, woodcarving, canoe building and house construction. They welcome visitors warmly.
There are a few small resorts, but you won’t be sharing the beauties of Korsae with many others – this is the island that mass tourism has yet to discover. The visitors who do make it are inevitably captivated, and some do not more than unwind from the hectic pace of the modern world – sunbathing, snorkelling, meeting islanders and eating wholesome food. Others dive on the reefs and wrecks. Whatever their preference, not one is disappointed by this wondrous tropical island.

When to go:
December to April is the best time. July to October the wettest. Population: 7,700. Getting there: It’s best to travel via Guam from whence a ‘Visit Micronesia’ pass is available.