The Marshall Islands is located in the northern Pacific Ocean, and is part of the island group of Micronesia. The capital is Majuro, which is also the most populated of the islands. It is a nation of aquamarine atolls and golden sandy islands, home to exotic and colourful marine life.
The weather is tropical, with both hot and humid days and nights. The temperature is consistent throughout the whole year ranging from 26-32°C (79-90°F), with the wet season from May to November.
Marshallese crafts are renowned for their originality and fine artistic quality, you can find mats, hats, model canoes, stick charts, baskets and necklaces all handmade from high quality and totally natural materials.
From backpackers to luxury travellers, there is something for everyone in the Marshall Islands.
With excellent year-round visibility, some of the healthiest coral reefs in the world and dozens of WWII ship and plane wrecks, including the world’s only diveable aircraft carrier, the flagship of the Japanese World War II Armada, and an amazingly intact B-26 bomber in only 5 foot depth, just to name a few of the discovered wrecks, the Marshall Islands offers unparalleled wreck diving and coral sightseeing throughout. Divers can enjoy steep drop-offs, coral pinnacles, channels, and reef points. Certain dive spots are abundant with fast moving pelagic schools, while others boast rich varieties of hard or soft coral.
Majuro is the most accessible dive site in the Marshall Islands. An array of dive types can be enjoyed: walls/dropoffs, lagoon pinnacles, and channels. Diving in Majuro, one is most likely to find schools of pelagic and inshore fish, various sharks, rays, turtles, and a variety of coral including fan and table coral.
Arno’s 3 lagoons provide an underwater playground for divers, filled with vibrant marine life. The most accessible outer island destination from Majuro without compromising the outer island experience.
A wreck divers dream come true! See the ghostly ships of WWI and WWII as they lie silently waiting to tell you their stories of adventure in the Pacific and a reminder to all of the devastations of war.
Get aquainted with Pacific Island conservation efforts while plunging into Jaluit’s WWII underwater treasures. Who knows, you might discoverer Jaluit’s newest wreck!
After 50 years of isolation, the Rongelap experience has now been made public, and it is beautiful! Marine scientists merely peeking below the surface of the lagoon are calling it the next World Heritage site.
From native birds that soar the skies, to an underwater realm of Manta rays, sharks, and Giant clams, to WWII relics that bespeak Mili’s past, this truly is an explorers paradise both above and below the water.
Literally translated, Likiep mean “purse of treasures,” and Likiep certainly is that – its people, their unique colonial culture, and just recently Likiep’s underwater world are treasures indeed.
With its 29 coral atolls spread out over 750,000 square miles of tropical Pacific Ocean, the Marshall Islands is literally one of the fishiest countries on earth! Over 1,000 species of fish (860 inshore/reef, 7 freshwater/brackish, 67 open water and 125 deep sea fish) offer an incredible array of fishing opportunities within the lagoons, on the reef flats, and in the open ocean. Anglers can enjoy flyfishing, jigging and bottom fishing, trolling, casting/whipping, and more.
Fishing Areas All 29 atolls in the Marshall Islands offer excellent fishing. From the capital, Majuro Atoll, anglers can easily venture out to neighboring Arno atoll by boat or to other atolls via Air Marshall Islands, the domestic carrier.
Fishing Season Wind and sea conditions are most favorable during the May-October period.
Learn more about Marshallese tradition and history at the Alele Museum, which features authentic tools and artifacts, WWII relics, 19th century photographs of the Marshall Islands from the Joachim deBrum collection and more. The Peace Park Memorial constructed by the Japanese government commemorates the soldiers who fought and died in the Pacific during WWII. And the 1918 Typhoon Monument commemorates the victims of a rare typhoon in the Marshall Islands and pays homage to the Japanese Emperor for his generous contribution of private funds for rebuilding Majuro.
Learn about Marshallese canoe construction and how ancient Marshallese navigators “saw” islands by feeling the waves beneath them at the Waan Aelon in Majol canoe house, where you’ll find canoe builders hard at work and ready to guide you on a lagoon cruise aboard these “Canoes of the Marshall Islands.”
The Marshallese have a prodigious amount of knowledge and skills ranging from traditional medicine and massage, astronomy and social order, dendrology and horticulture to non-instrument navigation and seafaring. Among these is the skill which symbolizes all of the great seafaring nations: canoe building, a technology which even today has received the admiration of modern day sailors. Even today's aerodynamic engineers are in awe of the design technology of the outrigger canoes still sailing today. These are the designs which plied the waves and have evolved through and survived for 50 generations.
Outer Island Tours:
From the capitol of Majuro await Arno, Jaluit, Bikini, Likiep, Mili, Rongelap – names synonymous with unspoiled natural surroundings, black pearl and giant clam farming communities, active traditional culture, WWII exploration, miles of secluded sandy beaches, pristine coral and virgin wreck diving, abundant fishing opportunities, and blissful seasons in the sun. Outer Island accommodations range from small air-conditioned island resorts to traditional thatched bungalows.
Majuro is the best place to shop for the hand-made, all-natural and all original Marshallese handicrafts. Leipajid (near the Assumption Church), Momotaro Corporation (besides main-road), Happy Hands Handicraft (across RRE Hotel), ELEFA Handicraft Shop (across Bowling Alley), and smaller stands at the airport, offer “Amimono” from all over the Marshall Islands.
RRE Clam Farm:
This clam holding and raising facility on Majuro features a number of different species and sizes of clams (for the aquarium market).
Laura Beach Park:
Located at the western end of Majuro is Laura Beach Park, a popular picnic site. Here you’ll find a sandy beach, picnic areas, and fresh water shower.
Three Bag Island Kayakers:
Camp out overnight or spend the day at this secluded coral island, across the lagoon. Kayak, snorkel, barbecue or just hang out!
Go on a day trip or an overnight to this small island 7 miles across the lagoon from Majuro, and experience the outer islands feeling within easy access of civilization.
Bikendrik Island (a.k.a Koroloona Hideaway):
Want to have a wedding in an isolated, romantic island, Bikendrik is the island to be. The island is located right before the Eneko Escape with the single beautifully situated bungalow and a gazebo with breath taking view of the beautiful pristine lagoon.
Tobolar Copra Processing Plant:
The first real economic mainstay of most Pacific Islanders, including Marshallese, was copra production (copra is the dried out meat of coconuts). Today, copra production remains an important source of income for locals and at the Tobolar Copra Processing Plant, you can see copra made into coconut oil, soaps, body oil, coconut feed, and even state of the art diesel fuel substitute.
Customize your own half or full-day tour with one of Majuro’s many charter boat oprators. Charters are available for fishing, lagoon cruises, Arno day trips or picnics.
Select from a variety of kareoke bars, dance clubs, and bars as you share stories and live music with Majuro’s festive and friendly locals.