If you are a scuba diver, then Kosrae will be the perfect destination for you. Kosrae is known as the eco-travelers paradise. It is an internationally acclaimed diving destination. Kosrae has some of the most pristine reefs worldwide. Kosrae is an island that is 42 square miles and it is one of the four states of the Federated States of Micronesia, which is located between Hawaii and Guam. Micronesia has 600 islands which have been grouped under four states; Pohnpei, Kosrae, Yap and Chuuk. Micronesia is a poor country, which largely depends on foreign aid from Japan, the US and other western countries. Most Micronesians live without running water and electricity and there are high unemployment rates. Tourism is one of the main attractions and biggest economic earners for the country, as the country has some of the most splendid beaches and scuba diving opportunities worldwide.
Kosraean (pronounced Koshyran) is the official language of Kosrae. It is also spoken in the Caroline Islands and Nauru in the United Sates. Kosraean is sometimes referred to as Kusaiean. Approximately 8,000 people speak the language. Kosrean is an Austronesian language. It is closely related to Micronesian languages such as Marshalls, Chuuk and Pohnpei. Kosraean has different dialects. This includes the Lelu-Tafunsak dialect and the Malu-Utwe dialect. Kosraean is widely spoken at home, among friends and family, in the workplace, at church and in other public arenas. Most Kosraeans also speak English. English is taught in most government schools in Kosrae. Some of the older people also speak Japanese. Kosraean is written using the Latin script.
The people of Kosraean belong to different ethnic groups, which all descended from the Micronesian culture. The Micronesian culture developed from a mix of the Philippine culture, Polynesians and Melanesians. The Micronesian languages are a branch of the Oceanic languages. The Oceanic languages comprise of 20 languages, which include 19 Micronesian languages and the Nauruan language. Traditional foods of the Micronesian people includes banana, taro, yam, breadfruit, coconut and sugarcane. Breadfruit is the traditional staple food, while coconuts were reserved for nobles.