Kosrae, formerly known as Kusaie, is an island in Micronesia and is by itself one of four states of the Federated States of Micronesia.
With a population of 7,317 (1994 census), Kosrae is the most eastern of the Caroline Islands. The island is located 370 mi (590 km) north of the equator, between Guam and the Hawaiian Islands. Its land area is 42 mi² (110 km²).
Kosrae is a high island that is largely unspoiled and rarely visited. Kosrae is becoming a destination for scuba divers and hikers. The coral reefs that surround the island are kept in pristine condition through an extensive mooring buoy system, installed and maintained by concerned ex-pat dive operators with the help of the Governments Marine Resources office. The reefs are seldom visited, and contain miles of hard corals, some said to be thousands of years old.
Dense vegetation and steep mountains keep the island largely undeveloped. Viewed from the sea, the island's distinct shape resembles a female body. This has led to the island being called "the island of the sleeping lady."
Kosrae's airport (IATA code KSA) on the northwestern coast of the island is served by the "Island Hopper" flights (three times a week in each direction) between Hawaii and Guam.
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