Marshall Islands

Marshall Islands

Etymology

Islands named after John Marshall. [wiktionary]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

LSA Popular – Bar in Majuro, Marshall Islands. [facebook]

Marshall Islands Resort – Marshall Islands’ first government owned resort. Our goal is to service our guests and customers in the most family and yokwe (love/welcoming) spirit possible. [facebook]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

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Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Micronesia Tour – The Republic of the Marshall Islands are centrally located in the Pacific ocean between 4° and 19° North latitude and 160° and 175° East longitude.  The islands are situated in two parallel chains, the Ratak (sunset) and Ratak (sunrise) chains, spreading out over an exclusive economic zone of nearly 1 million square miles (one of the largest in the world). The Marshall Islands are comprised of 1, 220 islands with 29 coral atolls and 5 single coral islands. Its nearest neighbors are the Gilbert Islands to the south and the Federated States of Micronesia to the west. [micronesia tour]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Be aware of the atomic legacy – Inevitably, most people will associate the Marshall Islands with the destructive US nuclear weapon testing of the Cold War such as Bikini Atoll. To this day, a large US military presence continues in the region with the Kwajalein Missile Range that incorporates Kwajalein Island, Roi-Namur Island and many smaller islands. [world travel guide]

Drop in on the Alele Museum – The Alele Museum has preserved the history and local traditions of the Marshallese culture. Though not the biggest of museums, it provides a concise and compact introduction to the various stages of Marshallese history. [world travel guide]

Experience life in Majuro – The capital of the Marshall Islands, Majuro is spread over 64 tiny islands and is the entry point for most visitors. The city has a bustling port, an international airport and plenty of hotels, which spill out onto golden beaches. [world travel guide]

Explore the marine life – Opportunities for diving include drop-offs, coral heads, black coral and WWII wrecks. Fishing expeditions can be arranged by local hotels or the Marshalls Billfish Club. The club also organises monthly fishing tournaments. [world travel guide]

Get to know Laura – The island community of Laura is the perfect place to kick back and relax. An evolving residential community with a popular beach that’s proving to be a hit with those looking to escape the “fast pace” of Marshall Island life. [world travel guide]

Go island hopping in Maloelap – There are regular day trips to the Maloelap and Mili atolls where there are opportunities to snorkel over WWII wrecks, eat local food and watch traditional dancing. There are also many historic sites and buildings. [world travel guide]

Pack your snorkel gear and head for Jaluit – Okay, so this 91-island atoll might not have the most extensive tourist infrastructure, but this remoteness is all part of its appeal. As well as a modest hotel and a handful of food stores, the archipelago boasts some of the best scuba diving in the Marshall Islands. [world travel guide]

Take a day trip to Eneko Island – Situated close to the Majuro Lagoon and accessed by a short 40-minute boat ride from Majuro, Eneko Island is run by a private residential company and features small bungalows ensconced in a gloriously remote location. Eneko remains a popular day trip for locals and tourists with its stunning beach. [world travel guide]

Festivals

Festivals

Coconut Cup Regatta – Sailing crafts of all sizes from luxury yachts to traditional Marshallese canoes, are welcome to participate in this unique regatta held in Majuro between late March and early April. Even windsurfers can take part in the main Saturday afternoon race, which follows a triangular pattern to and from the Robert Reimers Enterprises complex. There are also races for miniature canoes called riwut and vessels built entirely from recycled materials. A weekend affair, prizes are awarded on Saturday, a picnic takes place on Sunday and the Marshall Islands Resort hosts a soirée on Monday. [iexplore]

Fisherman’s Day – On the first Friday of each July, the Marshalls Billfish Club hosts this exciting fishing competition where vessels depart in the morning and return in the early evening to have their catches weighed and measured. Anglers receive prizes for the heaviest fish, biggest fish, largest number caught, and many more. [iexplore]

Gospel Day – On the first Friday of December, the population of the Marshall Islands celebrates this national holiday in honor of the American missionaries who brought Christianity to the isolated islands. Like Thanksgiving in North America, family and food are a main focus, but church services play an even more important role in Gospel Day. [iexplore]

Liberation Day – Each of the Marshall Islands celebrates the anniversary of the day the United States liberated each individual island from Japan during WWII on different days and in their own unique ways. The main Liberation Day event in Majuro is an exciting canoe race, while the atoll of Kwajalein celebrates its Liberation Day with a lively parade, flag waving and a field day between all local schools on Ebeye Beach. [iexplore]

Manit (Custom) Day – The most important aspect of Marshall Islands culture, family, is the focus of this cultural festival held the last Friday of September. Anyone on the islands can set up booths and sell food or handicrafts outside the Alele Museum. Basket weaving and coconut husking are among the most popular contests. Local school children perform traditional dances, skits, songs, and stories. The day coincides with the week-long Lutok Kobban Alele festival created to preserve and promote Marshallese culture. [iexplore]

Marshall Islands Constitution Day – May 1 is the anniversary of the day the first Marshall Islands constitution was signed. This was one of the first steps towards complete independence, and today, its people remember this significant event through parades, wreaths and field day competitions among local schools. [iexplore]

Marshall Islands Memorial and Nuclear Victims Day – This tribute to the victims of the 1954 Bikini Atoll hydrogen bomb explosion ranks among the most serious of all Marshall Islands holidays. Bravo was the most powerful hydrogen bomb the United States had ever tested. People on no fewer than four atolls were forced to evacuate and several experienced severe radiation poisoning. March 1 is a day of prayer, emotional speeches, candlelight vigils, and somber reflection for the current residents of those atolls. [iexplore]

Mobil All Micronesia Fishing Tournament – Labor Day weekend in North America is the same weekend the Marshall Islands pays tribute to its working class during Rijerbal Day, held on the first Friday of September. This Marshalls Billfish Club-sponsored fishing tournament is one of the most exciting national holidays. Teams from across Asia and the South Pacific fight to catch the biggest bite at the Uliga Dock on Saturday and Sunday, and receive awards at the Marshall Islands Resort Poolside on Sunday. [iexplore]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Taxis and Car Rental – Majuro and the rest of the Marshall Islands use a shared taxi system where visitors can hail vehicles already filled with passengers. Majuro cab rates are unregulated, so fares vary depending on the distance. The Marshall Islands Visitors Authority (+692 625 6482) is the best place to call for information since contacts for individual taxi companies are hard to find. [iexplore]

Trains and Buses – There is no rail service in the Marshall Islands, and the only bus runs between Majuro’s Robert Reimers Hotel and Laura Beach Park. This bus departs the Robert Reimers Hotel once every hour or so on an infrequent and irregular schedule. [iexplore]

Water Taxis – Shipping lines dock at the Marshall Islands far more often than cruise ships. The government operates field vessels with comfortable passenger cabins which travel between the islands on a regular basis. Charter voyages on these field ships are also available. However, air is often a more practical way to get between these very spread out islands as it takes a full day to travel by boat between Majuro, the main Marshall Islands port, and Jaluit. Small cargo boats sail between Majuro, Arno and other smaller atolls and many private yachts also offer charter voyages. [iexplore]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Resources

Resources

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