Marshall Islands - Travel Guide
Like a wreath of flowers upon the sea;
With a light of Maker from far above;
Shining with the brilliance of rays of life;
Our Father's wondrous creation;
Bequeathed to us, our Motherland;
I'll never leave my dear home sweet home;
God of our forefathers protect and bless forever Marshall Islands.
(National anthem of the Marshall Islands)
The Marshall Islands may be known to many because of its inglorious history: atomic bomb tests in the Bikini Atoll. Less known, however, is the fact that the islands belong to the regions with the highest amount of fish and have many wonderful places to experience this underwater world.
The insular state in the Pacific Ocean, part of the Micronesia archipelago, consists of two parallel running island and atoll chains. The main island is Majuro, where - the island of Ebeye included - two third of the population live, while the other islands are only sparsely inhabited or uninhabited.
For ages travellers have been magically attracted by the sea and its great multitude of species. This remarkable location offers some of the best impressions of life under water. 250 different coral reefs and more than 1000 fish species can be found here. Diving either in the Maturo Atoll, Arno Atoll or Mili Atoll guarantees unique experiences of the colourful sea. Discovering remains of ships that sank to the ground during the Second World War is a thrilling adventure. But you can also go search for forgotten and lost wrecks at several lagoons such as the Jaluit, Wotje and Maloelap. For the courageous among the travellers, moreover, diving in the Bikini Atoll may be especially enticing. Here you can explore the aircraft carrier Saragota that has become sort of a historic underwater museum.
Besides that, the island is an optimal place for sport fishing. You can find marilins, tuna, wahoo, barracudas and mahmahis. In addition, many more water sports activities can be enjoyed here.
A visit to the Tobolar Copra and Soap Factory is entertaining. Here you will learn how copra (dried meat of the coconut) is made into soap or coconut oil.
The Peace Park Memorial, commemorating the many soldiers who died in the Pacific during the Second World War, or the 1918 Typhoon Monument are moving places.
Finally the Alele Museum in the capital of Majuro is recommended, a place where you can learn a lot about the traditional culture of the Marshall Islands. The society for example is still separated into three social stratums: Iroij, Alap and Rijerbal- chiefs, wardens and workers. Apart from that, the colonial history (German, Japanese and US-American) is dealt with.
Thus, do not let yourself be put off by the sad history and let the fascinating island wash over you. “Kommool tata” (Thank you.)
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