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The Marvelous Marshall Islands: A Vacation To Remember


The Marshall Islands are a Micronesian state in the Pacific Ocean and is considered to be the “dive capital” of Micronesia. The official language of the island is English, however Japanese is also spoken in some areas. The tourism industry accounts for a small portion of the economy, but the government has recently began to undertake improvements to increase the flow of travelers to the islands.


The island has two chains; Ratak, which is the sunrise chain and Ralik, which is the sunset chain. The two chains contain twenty-nine atolls and five individual islands which cover an area of 1,225 islands and 870 reef systems. The chief tourist attraction of the islands is the magical underwater world which contains colorful and diverse marine life, inviting divers from all over the world to get lost in a sea of tranquility and wonder.

Majuro is a city strung along the pencil-thin islands that is located at the summit of the atolls reef. The Majuro Lagoon ranges in depths from 10 to 250 feet full of hard coral gardens. There are over 800 species of fish, crabs, lobsters, anemones, urchins, sponges, clams, eels and sea stars that call the lagoon home. The coral pinnacles rise from the lagoon bottom and sit just below the surface.

The Aquarium is another dive spot on the island which ranges in depth from 60 to 130 feet in depth. It is shaped like a horse shoe in the middle of the outer reef wall of the Kalalin Channel. Because of the shape, the area tidal flow is low and compressed, when the tide is incoming, the area is rife with Horse Eye Jacks, Black, White and Red Snapper and Barracuda. In the bottom of the reef divers will witness various types of reef sharks and sting rays. Many people who have dived here in the past consider it to be the “dive of a lifetime”.

There are also several wreckage sites to explore. The Kabilok used to sail the waters of the outer islands and Majuro, hauling copra (dried coconut) and other supplies. The ship sank on its side in the Majuro Lagoon. This location is spectacular for diving at night and is a favorite for unique underwater photographs.

The Alele Museum is filled with displays of the beautiful and interesting artifacts all of which originated in the Marshall Islands. The Joachim Debrum Collection has over 2,500 glassprate negatives which show traditional life on the islands and landscapes from 1880 though 1930. The Bogan Collection is a memorial to Lieutenant Eugene Bogan, who bequeathed his of Marshallese handicrafts from the 1940's, to the museum. There is also a gift shop, media center and a library in the museum which is open to tourists daily. The museum also holds an annual “Lutok Kobban Alele”, which is a cultural festival held during the last week of September, this festival is done to promote and preserve Marshallese culture.

The islands have many areas that are filled with resorts, villas and hotels which are highly suitable for lodging. The Anrohasa Hotel Ebeye is located on the edge of the largest coral atoll in the entire world. The hotel is one of the newest on the islands and has a total of twenty-two rooms and two deluxe suites. 

The hotel has two restaurants, a lounge, bar and a boating service which will take guests on a sunset cruise around the islands. The Marshall Islands Resort Hotel used to be known as the Outrigger Marshall Island Resort. The hotel is located in Majuro and provides tourists with the finest in convenience and comfort. Touring the Marshall Islands provides tourists with access to some of the loveliest underwater scenery in the world and a landscape that is unspoiled, natural and inviting to all who visit.