Scuba Dive and Visit the Ancient Stone City of Lelu

August 7, 2014 by


The ancient stone city of Lelu is located on Kosrae Island in the Federated States of Micronesia. This island group is situated in the middle of the Pacific Ocean just north of the Equator and east of Truk and Pohnpei, though it isn’t as well known.

It’s the perfect getaway for those who really want to get away from it all. Enjoy unspoiled jungles, clear waterways that meander through the huge mangroves and an opportunity to visit miles of pristine coral reefs without a hoard of other divers around.

Best Time of Year to Dive

For those who enjoy calm water and light currents, the best time to dive is June through October. During this time of the year, diving is possible just about anywhere around the island.

During the winter months which incorporate late November to May, diving may be limited to the South and West sides of the island because the winds and currents pick up. This makes for more stormy conditions and also brings larger pelagic fish into the reef.

Lelu Ruins

Lelu Ruins

Lelu Ruins

Lelu Island is connected to the larger Kosrae Island by a causeway. Lulu’s ruins are the remnant of a massive walled city built between the 13th and 14th centuries for Kosraean royalty.

The ruins include burial mounds and dwellings hidden within thick tropical vegetation. Compounds at the center of the island are still partially intact. On-site signage offers visitors the full story.

Other Activities

While Kosrae is an ideal destination for divers, there is plenty to do for non-divers as well.

  • Bird watching
  • Butterfly watching
  • Canoeing
  • Check out World War II relics
  • Explore the ancient ruins of Lela
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Mangrove tours
  • Rainforest hikes
  • Rainforest tours
  • Snorkeling
  • Surfing

The island of Kosrae is off the beaten path and  rich with natural beauty for divers looking for a unique diving experience. It offers an abundance of marine life and the hard corals make it an ideal diving destination with gentle currents perfect for photographers, too.

Photo credits: tata_aka_T, MicronesiaChallenge

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  1. Penny W. says:

    Wait, Micronesia is a real place? I thought it was a made up name for the movies! LOL
    Now I have to go book a flight and check it out for myself!

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