The Marshall Islands, officially the Republic of the Marshall Islands, is an island country in the Pacific Ocean. It is situated near the equator, slightly west of the International Date Line. It is geographically part of the island group of Micronesia, and comprises of 1,156 individual islands and islets. The capital is Majuro, the most populous atoll.
Where to go
Laura - Laura is an area in the far western end of Majuro, known for its tranquil beaches. The drive through the palm-lined road to Laura makes for a very pleasant drive, and the beaches are the prime location for having a picnic, lounging around on the white sand, or going for a swim. The area is privately owned but is open to the public for a small fee.
Arno Atoll - Arno Atoll comprises of 133 islands and forms a legislative district of the Ratak Chain of the Marshall Islands, with a total land area of only 13 square kilometres. It encloses one large lagoon and two smaller ones in the north and east. Its Longar area is known for its 'love school', which used to be where young women were taught how to perfect their sexual techniques. Arno is the closest Atoll to Majuro, situated just 14.5 kilometres away.
Alele Museum & Public Library - The Alele Museum & Public Library features exhibits of the early Marshallese culture. Some of the items on display include model canoes, shell tools, and stick charts, which were tools used by the Marshallese to aid them in memorizing wave patterns.
Shark sanctuary - The government declared an area of about 2,000,000 square kilometres of the ocean, which will be protected as a shark sanctuary as of October 2011. Within this area, all forms of shark fishing are banned, and all that are caught unintentionally must be released back.
It is easy to get to the Federated States of Micronesia, deemed as one of the most interesting places to visit in the Pacific. There are several unique historical sites, such as the Lelu Ruins, which date back to the 13th century, Nan Madol, an ancient city dubbed as the Venice of the Pacific, and the Japanese Zeros, remains of World War II.
From the primary airport in the Marshall Islands, travellers can fly all the way to Brisbane, Australia. There are plenty of fun attractions in and around Brisbane, among them being the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Sea World Gold Coast, Wheel of Brisbane, South Bank Parklands, Alma Park Zoo, and Shark Bay.
How to get out
The main airport serving the Marshall Islands is the Marshall Islands International Airport, also called Mata Kabua International Airport. It is situated on the south side of Majuro Atoll. Air Marshall Islands provide domestic flights, operating to Airok, Aur, South Tarawa, Ebon, Enejit, Jaluit, Jeh, Kaben, Kili, Kwajalein, Majkin, Maloelap, Mejit, Mili, Namdrik, Utirik, and Wotje. Nauru Airlines operates to Brisbane Airport in Australia, Nauru International Airport in Nauru, Nadi International Airport in Fiji, and Bonriki International Airport in Kiribati. Additionally, United Airlines connects to Chuuk International Airport, Pohnpei International Airport, and Kosrae International Airport in the Federated States of Micronesia, Honolulu International Airport in Hawaii, Bucholz Army Airfield on Kwajalein Island, and Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport in Guam.
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