Marshall Islands Quick Guide

The Marshall Islands, formerly known as Sandwich Islands, is an expansive chain of coral atolls and volcanic islands in the South Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Hawaii. In the northwest, Bikini Atoll is largely untouched waters, once used as a ship burial site after World War II. In the south, Majuro Atoll is the largest settlement and home to the capital of the Marshall Islands. In this article, we'll take a brief look at some interesting sites and things to do in this unique and beautiful area. It's a safe tourist destination, although there may be some things you want to avoid if you are visiting the Marshall Islands.

The first thing you'll want to know about the Marshall Islands before you even get there is that they're made up of four habitable islands Iriomote, Vanuato, Saipan, and Eromanga which lie in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. They were not considered part of the United States territory until recently, so international travel to the region is not yet permitted. Still, there are a few places in the area that allow American visitors, and in some cases even visitors from other countries, to cruise through and tour the coral reefs and other marine creatures. The only way to experience the beauty and wonder of the islands is to hop on one of the many low-cost catamarans that cruise the open waters of the Pacific. The Marshall Islands is home to more than a quarter million acres of protected ocean space, including numerous wrecks that have been wrecked by tourism vessels and other ships.

One of the best things about visiting the islands is the flora and fauna that's found there. In particular, there are a number of islands with dense forests some of them hundreds of meters high that are absolutely amazing. Oahu's Mount Kinabalu, for example, has trees that reach over 30 meters in height and are home to a number of exotic tropical birds and animals. You may also be surprised to learn that a variety of snakes and insects can be found in the area. But don't let the lushness of the Hawaiian environment fool you the Marshall Islands has plenty of other things to offer, including plenty of beaches. Whether you're looking for the quintessential beach holiday, or something a bit more family-friendly like water sports, there are plenty of options in the Pacific to fulfill your desires.

The largest of the four islands, Majuro, is the most visited of the four islands. While it may not be as high as the others, it is the most visually appealing, and also has the highest point of the island chain Pali where you can see the most visually stunning sunset. The atoll itself is surrounded by mountains and surrounded by sea on all sides. Because of its location, Majuro is a great place to explore and enjoy nature at its finest.

The other two islands that make up Majuro atoll are the Isabella Island and Wilson Island. They are also visually arresting, although Wilson Island does feature a golf course. Wilson Island is home to a number of cultural hotspots like the Sea life Park and Fort Bonnet Carousel. The island is also home to several coral reefs, which are filled with an incredible diversity of marine life. Some of the more popular natural attractions include the Whaling House, St. Anne's Island, and other atoll-like attractions.

All of the islands are well known for their unique flora and fauna. The atolls are full of rain forest-covered cliffs and mixed in with habitats for birds, iguanas, deer, and monkeys. For those who would like to see a bit more of the nature on Majuro, snorkeling trips are available. Snorkeling tours are available from March through November. During this time, visitors can view the underwater scenes that are so often associated with beaches: coral, sponges, sea grass, and, of course, dolphins.

While there is plenty to do on each of the four islands, getting around has always been a major challenge. Fortunately, it is not nearly as difficult as it was during earlier times. Between the public transportation system and several taxis and minibuses, anyone can get around the island easily. If you have special needs, such as wheelchair use or a scooter, it is possible to rent a vehicle from the Majuro airport or hotel, but ferries and jet skis provide the best ways to see the sights.

Although many people may turn their noses at islands located in the middle of the Pacific, the Marshall Islands has enjoyed strong tourism for many years. There are plenty of interesting sights, activities, and attractions located on and off of the main islands. Whether you are planning a relaxing holiday or an active holiday, the Marshall Islands will give you everything you could hope for in a place to call home for the rest of your life.

What vaccinations do I need?

Up to date information for vaccinations before you travel to Marshall Islands are available from the NHS Fit for Travel website.

Is it safe to travel?

Best time to visit?

The best time to visit Marshall Islands is from january until october and december, when you will have a warm temperature and mediocre rainfall.

Do I need a Visa?

Visas for the Marshall Islands are required by all nationals referred to in the chart above, except nationals of the USA, who do not require a visa. Nationals of Australia, Canada and the EU (including the UK) are issued a 30-day visa on arrival.

See which forms you may need for entry into Marshall Islands.

What currency do i need?

The official currency of Marshall Islands is the United States Dollar (USD). If you're looking to transfer or spend money in Marshall Islands you can grab amazing United States Dollar deals via (GBP to USD).

What about the wildlife?

As in most tropical climates numerous species of arthropods: insects, spiders and crabs are seen here. Species that are endangered on the islands include Blue whale, sperm whale, Micronesian pigeon, and leatherback and hawksbill turtles.

What is the traditional food?

Marshalesse food? Barramundi cod is a fish specialty of Marshallese cuisine that is considered one of the national dishes of the islands. A whole fresh barramundi cod is seasoned, then tightly wrapped within banana leaves and baked until thoroughly cooked.

What Languages are spoken?

The Marshallese language (Marshallese: new orthography Kajin M̧ajeļ or old orthography Kajin Majōl [kɑzʲinʲ(i)mˠɑːzʲɛlˠ], also known as Ebon, is a Micronesian language spoken in the Marshall Islands. The language is spoken by about 44,000 people in the Marshall Islands, making it the principal language of the country. You can learn some basic Marshalesse before you travel to Marshall Islands and really impress the locals!

How much do you tip?

The currency in Marshall Islands is the United States Dollar (It's the best way to get around. Any trip within the larger downtown Majuro area costs 50 cents, and tipping is not expected.).

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