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Micronesia - Kosrae

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Yela Ka Forest

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Overview of Yela Ka Forest

Yela is a freshwater swamp forest just above the mangrove line that supports the last Ka (Terminalia carolinensis) forest in the world. Such forests were once found on several islands in Micronesia but due to harvest and development extensive stands of Ka have disappeared.

The KA forest is located in Yela a swamp area access only by boat between Tafunsak and Walung. Within the watershed area of the forest located these densely populated families of Terminalia Carolinses (KA) trees fed by the Yela river valley. One can also see some endemic bird species of Kosrae are found within the area such Micronesian pigeons, fruit doves, starlings, and dusky white eye.

If interested in the hike, contact your local hotel operators to arrange a guide. You will meet the guide at Okat marina near the airport, and they take you by boat at high tide. Tour will last approximately 1.5 hours.

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Brion H.
3/30/2020
"These trees are so amazing, and the forest is so lush. You can hike through or take a boat into the swamp"

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Interviews with Rick Jonathan and William William of Yela Environment Landowners Authority (YELA) at Yela Ka Forest, April 2013 - Courtesy of OceanIslandTravel.com

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  • Nautilus Resort - Situated in Kosrae, this resort is close to Lele Ruins and Bird Cave. At Kosrae Nautilus Resort recreational amenities include a private beach and an ...

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Vera H. wrote about Boiling Lake:

"This is rated as a difficult/strenuous hike. It's about 7 hours round trip. There are a lot of steep steps going up & down. I consider myself to be mildly in shape. My quads were definitely burning going up the steps & my knees grumbled going down the steps. I was able to make the entire hike but I did have to stop a couple times to rest & catch my breath. It also rained during our hike which made the steps muddy & slippery. I slipped on the hike back & tweaked my wrists, so be careful! There was one person in our group that had to stop before they got to the Boiling Lake, their legs started cramping up. But we saw a bunch of younger kids just running up the steep steps and they didn't even look tired. Definitely take a guide with you on this one. Our guide showed us where to get the sulphur mud to put on our faces & arms like a mud-mask. He even boiled us some eggs in the hot pools! Also, take a couple changes of clothes (rain jacket, long sleeve shirt, bathing suit & a towel). It was VERY windy in some spots & after it rained on us, it didn't feel good to be cold & wet. But we did get to soak in the warm pools on the way down, it warmed us up & got us relaxed. Made it hard to continue on the hike, haha. I only recommend going if you are in decent shape & not afraid of heights.

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