Utwe-Walung Marine Park
Utwe-Walung Marine Park
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A community-based conservation area that preserves some of Micronesia's most pristine mangrove and forest ecosystems.
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great0utd00rs
Cambridge, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
This was a very authentic day hike through the jungle with a local guide called Salek. Salek was very knowledgeable about the plants and animals, and he showed us all sorts of fascinating things. There were medicinal plants, flowers used as shampoo, fish bait, rubber trees, fruits, edible plants and so much more. The hike goes up the river and eventually reaches some ancient ruins. Salek picked fruit for us from the jungle and afterwards invited us back to his house for food. He speaks good English.

I would thoroughly recommend this trip because it is directly with a local guide, no strings attached, and you learn about the forests of Kosrae. It can be booked through accommodation. In our case, we booked through Maria at Pacific Treelodge.
Written 29 March 2017
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Sue
Redmond, OR346 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Couples
We arranged this tour through Kosrae Nautilus Resort. We took a taxi to Utwe Harbor to meet up with the tour guide, Tadao. The taxi ride round-trip was about US $26. You can also get there by renting a car. During the drive you can see how people live, their houses, gardens, stores, fun stuff. Some of the most beautiful and unique structures were graves of family members in the yards. Sometimes the graves with roofs built over them were better looking than the houses. They hang laundry in them, sit around in their shade, a shady, cool, gathering place. Wonderful! Not many graveyards in Kosrae.

We met Tadao and his grandson at the dock. Tadao was born during the Japanese occupation. All children born during that time were given Japanese names. Tadao built the outrigger himself, it has an outboard motor, it leaks a bit, he had to bang on the motor a few times, but we had an amazing tour through the mangrove channels. Tadao gave us a running commentary along the way. About, plants, birds, fish, the Japanese occupation. There is still an artificial island built by the locals during the occupation. People could move out there to get away, fantastic history.

We did not snorkel in the Marine Park but we did go over it. Beautiful place.
Written 29 December 2015
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JacMBrisbane
Queensland, Australia275 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Solo
You can organise hikes from Pacific Treelodge Resort. The park is stunning and cool, filled with giant trees, ferns and wild fruit plants flowering along your walk.
Written 23 October 2018
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Saricie_Q
Taipei, Taiwan1,412 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Solo
My hotel (Pacific Treelodge Resort) arranged a boat ride for me. Since it is a small boat, I shared it with only 3 other tourists. It is where a mangrove forest meets coral reefs. Parts of it is very scenic.

Usually near the end of the boat trip, there is a walk to the beach and we can see some fruit bats resting (hung upside down) in the forest. I think it is a must-try experience if you visit Kosrae (which is maybe the most interesting site in this off-beaten path island!)
Written 17 June 2017
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Dwight O
Honolulu, HI10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Solo
Even though the unimproved road was a bit scary at times my driver took me on one of my most memorable rides that ended in Walung. This very small community is right on the beach and takes you back to days when everyone lived in thatch huts. Make sure you have a 4 wheel drive or you won't be able to get there. Hire a local driver unless you are a very skilled driver. Bring lots of drinking water and some snacks. The trip will take several hours at the minimum but you will love it as I did.
Written 17 June 2016
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