Lelu Island
Lelu Island
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Gene R J
Silver Spring, MD10,091 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We walked across the causeway, with its clear bay view of the “Sleeping Lady”, to the well stocked Ace Grocery(Napa & Ace Hardware). To the side was the sign-posted trail to the excellent Leluh Archeological Site. Even after the heavy rain, the pathway was fairly dry to access the many sites of the Megalithic ruins. Each was marked with descriptions of the housing, royal tombs and tall basalt walls constructed from the 1400’s. Much of the trail is constructed and bordered with all sizes of coral that would be treasured back in the states.
We returned along the bay, stopping to see the interior of the large Congregational Church, active this Sunday morning with services beginning at 10AM. Back on the causeway, we stopped at the Japanese funded Fisheries Harbor before reaching our starting point, the Kosrae Nautilus Resort, completing a circuit of 2 ½ miles.
Written 22 January 2024
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TracyO07
Alexandra, New Zealand68 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We spent an hour or so wandering around the various ruins. They are well laid out, and the locals have done a nice job of putting gravel down inbetween the sites to make walking easier (although it's still a bit slippery climbing over the volcanic boulders). Photographic opportunies abound, both around the ruins (with the tropical jungle taking over areas of it), and in the nearby village with the friendly locals tending their gardens and yards, We walked to the ruins over the causeway from the Nautilus Resort, making it an 8km round trip. Highly recommended!
Written 3 June 2024
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pyjamaslug
La Jolla, CA48 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Couples
We had a tour with Adam, a local archaeologist. This is a fascinating place with burial chambers, ceremonial rooms, even a canal!
Written 28 August 2014
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Passportalwaysready
Athens, Greece128 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2011 • Solo
Lelu Island is a tiny island you can reach from the main island via a causeway. The first missionaries had a house there (land given by the king--1852) and three pine trees planted by the missionary still stand on the spit of land where the house was. Go with a guide to the ruins who can be sure you see what is there to see. There is no signage to speak of. Recommend Hamilson Philips. Any hotel can give you his contact information. To be clear, Kosrae is not developed and life is simple there. Don't expect the usual tourist 'stuff'. It's about the people.
Written 4 August 2011
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DocCha
Kuwait City, Kuwait414 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Business
Lelu Ruins is such a wonder...however, it has not been "treasured" well by the people living near the place....an Ace Department Store was built right in front of it making the ruins less important.... sad to see how beautiful it is but not well taken cared of....
Written 17 June 2016
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619Joey
San Diego, CA1,234 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Solo
A very small island connected to the main island by a causeway. It is a nice place to stroll and mingle with the locals. The Lelu ruins are located here. It is a fantastic spot to visit and very easy get to.
Written 25 October 2013
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Johnston P
Barrigada, Mariana Islands130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017
Lelu Island is one of the islet atoll forms like a whale according to the Kosrae legend and history of the island which owned by a lady that also form the Kosrae Sleeping Lady. Island.
Written 30 September 2018
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Caroline B
Honolulu, HI47 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Couples
Very interesting ruins, and an important part of Kosrae heritage. I agree with other reviewers, definitely visit the ruins with a guide. They are not maintained, and the original signage, where it still exists, has deteriorated to the point where it is not readable (or is barely readable). Access is also not straightforward. We visited with local guide Carlos (as part of an island tour), who gave a highly informative and interesting tour despite the rainy day. Actually quite a lot is known about the ruins and their relationship to the coral reef, which yield important information about ancient Kosrae culture and society. Despite their sorry state (hence the average rating), this is a must-see site on Kosrae - but go with a capable guide to get the most out of the visit.
Written 18 August 2017
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Mathyew
Lake Geneva, WI423 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017
First, it's probably better to go with a guide. I'm not sure I could have found the ruins on my own. We had to circle around the fenced in area owned by the former Ace Hardware and cross a field full of weeds to get there. As others have mentioned, the ruins are not well cared for. There are weeds growing all over them and the signs are illegible. However, that does give it a more abandoned feel which is accurate: they're abandoned and in a jungle. You could see the walls and massive stones used to build the place. It's a mysterious site--not sure they know too much about it.
Written 11 July 2017
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Saricie_Q
Taipei, Taiwan1,412 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Solo
Lelu Island is a small island just outside the east coast of Kosrae. It is connected to Kosrae main island by a bridge and easily accessible from the nearby Kosrae Nautilus Resort and Pacific Treelodge Resort. I actually walked from Treelodge Resort to the island and had a self-guided tour, with an outdated Lonely Planet guidebook.

The only thing really interesting on Lelu is "Lelu Ruin." It is the middle of the island. However. it is hidden behind a row of residential houses and not easy to locate if you visit by yourself. I had to ask around to find the correct route into the ruin complex (after getting lost and being chased around by a few barking dogs).

The ruins itself is only mildly interesting. However, with a guide, many things in the ruin might make more sense. Without a guide, it is difficult to know which is what (I was there alone the whole time I wandered around the ruins). There are a few rusted signs from mid-1990s but they are not very easy to read. Parts of the ruins are atmospheric and shady areas are good places to rest.

Though it is an interesting place to visit, I think it is better to go with a professional guide. Most of the hotels should be able to find one for you.
Written 17 June 2017
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