Yela Valley Ka Forest
Yela Valley Ka Forest
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Sorcha V
Akron, OH38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018
This is the last Ka Forest in the world. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is going to Kosrae. I think the price was 20 or 25 USD each.
Written 11 August 2018
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Sirena670
Saipan, Mariana Islands36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
This was an amazing experience. No where else can you see these beautiful Ka trees. Thank you Tholman for a wonderful tour.
Written 18 October 2016
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Raroliving
Rarotonga, Cook Islands128 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Friends
Access is limited by tides being high enough to allow the boats passage up and down from the main cluster of the trees. We left the dock by the airport very early in the morning, and still felt like we had to rush the tour a bit, but was glad to have done it.
It looks like it would be great to kayak or canoe (rather than go on the 18ft outboard engine boats we used) but you would need to pay the entry fee and be accompanied by a Yela landowner guide (a couple of paddling visitors were promptly turned around when we encountered them not having met these requirements on our way out).
Recognising the sensitivity of the species ecosystem guests are asked not bring, dispose of or leave outside organic material (such as orange peel or other food waste) that may disturb the balance.
The trees, with their booming hollow trunk bases and tall heights are surprisingly young (estimated 40 years old) at maturity. They are pretty with lots of other interesting vegetation growing amongst and on them as well as many birds, frogs, lizards (including invasive monitor lizards) and insects around. I didn't get bitten by mosquitoes although I did see some. One of our group got a rash from one of the plants.
The path is quite easy to navigate following the guide, though a bit muddy in spots, and you need to step into water as you get into and out of the boat, I was glad of my keen watersandals.
Written 11 January 2016
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Annadventurer
Auckland Central, New Zealand15 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
we went with a couple of guys who knew less than us.... choose carefully. Google the Nature Conservancy article from 2015 and go with the guides recommended. We ended up at the wrong end of the tide and wallowing in wet mud and having to wade the river to get back to the boat, all the while frustrated with the guide knowing nothing about the trees (errr.. the roots go down then up!). Learned more about the Ka trees with a guide Salik Tadao who took us to the Menka ruins.
Written 10 October 2016
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Alex D
Marshall Islands50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Friends
The Ka forest is home to the Ka tree, which is a very interesting and gigantic hollow tree used by the natives to make canoes and for communication across the forest. The tour was nice and quiet, and the boat rides through the mangroves were awesome!
Written 5 January 2017
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Laura L
57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Solo
I had a really great tour. The Director of the Forest Organization actually took me on a private tour. He was very knowledgeable about both the forest and Kosrae ecological history, as well as being a medical doctor!
Written 21 October 2016
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Cora L
San Diego, CA7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Family
It was a hike through the rainforest and we were amazed at how clean it all was. So beautiful and prestine. Kulomalalap Selik.
Written 19 July 2016
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Sue
Redmond, OR346 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Couples
In March 2014 a unique land protection arrangement safeguarded this 78 acres of forested wetland in the Yela Valley on Kosrae. It is hoped to be the first aimed at preserving the entire 1,400-acre valley encompassing the largest stand of Terminalia carolinensis (“ka”) trees in the world, several other endemic plant species, and the endangered Micronesian pigeon. The trunk and wide buttresses of the ka tree were traditionally used to make canoes and the nuts are edible. The landowners, local families on Kosrae, teamed up with government and conservation groups to establish a trust fund to protect this area.

We were fortunate to have as our tour guide one of the project team, Junior William. And as an added bonus Junior's wife, Rosie, came along. We left Okat Marina in an outboard motor boat for the scenic and panoramic boat ride along the west coast of Kosrae to the mangrove channels leading inland to the Ka Forest. The boat ride through the channels is quiet, peaceful, and so calm. We got out of the boat to walk through some of the forest. The trees are tall, thick, with buttresses around their bases. Junior told us many interesting and funny stories about the project. We enjoyed ourselves immensely. This is a remote and special area, visit it if you can.
Written 1 January 2016
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