Majuro Atoll, the capital, has a population of nearly 30,000 and is a thriving commercial centre with a mix of island tradition and modern culture. Supermarkets and roadside family stores provide a wide variety of products and services. In contrast, Kwajalein Atoll is leased to the US military and is the target point for intercontinental ballistic missile testing. Access to this area is heavily restricted and virtually closed to non-military visitors.
The Republic of the Marshall Islands is one of only four atoll nations in the world and is also one of the world's youngest nations, independent only since 1986. The Marshall Islands consists of 29 atolls each made up of many islets and 5 islands in the central Pacific. The atolls and islands are situated in two almost parallel chain-like formations known as the Ratak (Sunrise or Eastern) group and Ralik (Sunset or Western) group. The total number of islands and islets in the whole Republic is approximately 1,225 spreading across a sea area of over 750,000 square miles. All islands have white, sandy beaches, tall palm trees and turquoise lagoons.
Pristine coral reefs teeming with life are a way of life for the Marshallese people. With year round warm water temperatures snorkeling, scuba diving, boating, canoeing, fishing, windsurfing and surfing are highly popular activities throughout the islands.
The climate is hot and humid. On Majuro the daily temperature is around 27°C. The northern Marshalls are quite dry, whilst some southern islands get up to 4,060mm of rain a year. Majuro's wet period is September to November. Intense tropical storms and cyclones are rare.
The summer months (May-September) are generally the warmest and the seas are at their calmest. The winter months, although breezier, remain warm and comfortable. Average water temperature is also 27°C.
|The Marshall Islands Resort
Located on Majuro
Onsite Shop: Yes
Onsite Dive Centre: No
|Private Island Boutique Resort Bikendrik Island
40min boat ride from Majuro airport
Onsite Shop: No
Onsite Dive Centre: No
Majuro offers world class diving. There are over 1000 species of fish to be found here with 250 plus species of soft and hard corals along with spectacular visibility. With wrecks, coral pinnacles, breathtaking drop offs and the channels teaming with large pelagics, it is no wonder that the Marshall Islands is one of our favourite places to dive. Arno, a short boat ride from Majuro is 'Congo country', and offers first class diving with an amazing reef and pelagics.