One of the smallest nations in the world, the Marshall Islands isn't top of many travellers holiday destinations, but this Island nation is waiting to be explored!
Accessible from a range of countries, it's not as cut off from the world as some other countries such as Pitcairn or Easter Island, but does offer a range of things to do, from diving, to exploring local culture, to lounging around on one of a number of beaches.
So pack your bags, grab your camera and start exploring the beautiful Islands with our guide on the best things to do in Marshall Islands.
5. Explore Local Culture At Kemem
If you are real adventurers, you probably like to find out more about locals, culture, food and traditions, when you are visiting some new places.
In the Marshal Islands, the best way to experience all these things is to go to a Kemem.
Kemem is a birthday party. To be precise, it is a celebration of a baby's first birthday. Residents of Marshall Islands had very high child mortality rate.
So, if the baby survived its first year of life, the family organised a celebration, known as Kemem.
During the Kemem celebration, guests are served with some of the best local dishes. People who visited Marshall Island said that you couldn't taste the real traditional meals in local restaurants.
So, if you are lucky enough to be invited at Kemem, you have the chance to try some tasty local food.
Also, during the Kemam, guest can get some lovely presents, like sandals or hammock.
4. Sail Around The Islands
If you like vacations in a cosy hotel and all-day resting on the beach, then you shouldn't come on the Marshall Islands. But if you like to explore breathtaking islands and atolls, then this is the right choice for you.
The Marshall Islands contain around twenty-nine beautiful atolls and five islands. You can visit, at least some of them.
These are the most popular destinations: Ebeye Island, Arno Atoll, Uliga, Ailuk Atoll, Bikini, Runit, Ebon Atoll, Lib Island, Eneko, Taroa, Laura, Bigej, and many more.
Enjoy swimming and sunbathing, in some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The lagoons on Marshal Islands are like nowhere else.
After WWII, the US army was testing the nuclear weapon in this area. You can still see the craters from the bombs in some islands, and in the ocean as well.
3. Go Diving
People who want to visit the Marshall Islands must plan to dive. If you don't know how to dive, you have to learn, before you come here. You don't want to miss the beautiful world that lies beneath the surface of the ocean.
The Marshall Islands are rich in corals, and when you dive, you have a lot of exciting things to see.
A lot of people want to see the wreck of German cruiser Prinz Eugen. The ship belonged to Nazi Germany. After WWII, the US got it as a war prize.
In later years, the US army used the ship as the target in atomic bomb testing, on the Marshall Islands. The cruizer survived two nuclear bomb blasts.
Today is one of the most interesting sites in the Marshall Islands, especially for divers.
2. Watch Traditional Dance
Marshall Islands traditional dance is fascinating! It is always fun to try to dance, but if you fail ( or you feel like you could be embarrassed ), you have to watch, at least.
Men dance in traditional clothes, which is similar to Hawaiian. It includes a grass skirt and wreath on the head.
This kind of dance is known as Jobwa Stick Dance. Men are dancing, and they are hitting the floor with the sticks. There is a grass decoration on the sticks, too.
1. Visit Historical Sites
It would be a shame not to known better Marshall Islands history. There are some interesting sites that you can visit.
You can start from Alele, museum and local library. Here, you can learn, a lot about islands history and culture.
Castle Koon on Bikini Atoll is also a famous historical site. It is one of the locations, where the US army was testing the atomic weapon.
Krause – Ogle Box Structure is also, one of the historical witnesses of nuclear bomb testing in this area.
How To Get To Marshall Islands?
Getting to the Marshall Islands from Australia is a mission and a half. While you can buy a ticket from United Airlines, you'll need to fly to Los Angeles, then Honolulu, then to the Marshall Islands Airport. There is currently only a once a week flight from Honolulu to Marshall.
Another option is to fly to Los Angeles or San Francisco and on to Guam, then Chuuk which is in the Federated States of Micronesia. From here you'll fly to Phonpei and then onto Kosrae, both still in the Federated States of Micronesia. Lastly you'll land in Bucholz Army Airfield in Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Atoll.
As you can see, getting to the Marshall Islands is a nightmare for most, and those trying to visit every country in the world, often only stop here for a few hours. If you're looking to stay longer there's plenty to do in the Marshall Islands.
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