Marshal Islands Travel Facts

By | May 10, 2022

The Marshall Islands are a group of islands in the Pacific Ocean belonging to Micronesia. Once used for nuclear weapons tests, today they are an insider tip for a holiday in the Pacific with their beautiful reefs and underwater world. Unfortunately, the Marshall Islands are also severely threatened by rising sea levels worldwide.

Capital City Majuro
Size 181 km²
Resident 70.000
Official Language Marshallese, English
Currency US-Dollar
Time Zone UTC+12
Telephone Area Code +692

Fast facts to know

  • Consists of 2 parallel atolls
  • 1225 islands and 870 reefs
  • The land surface is on average 2 meters above sea level
  • Threatened with sinking due to sea level rise
  • Used for nuclear and hydrogen bomb testing after WWII
  • Identified as a blacklisted tax haven by the EU in 2016
  • Considered an insider tip in Pacific tourism
  • The two island chains of the Marshall Islands are called Ratak (sunrise) and Ralik (sunset)
  • Breathtaking South Sea atolls and colorful underwater worlds
  • Since 2010, the former nuclear test area has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a protected area
  • The three main islands of Majuro Atoll are connected by causeways
  • Sparse vegetation, manageable wildlife (bats, Polynesian rats), but very rich underwater world
  • Entry visa (30 days) will be issued upon proof of sufficient cash and return (onward) travel ticket

Exciting cities in the Marshall Islands

  • Majuro
  • Ebeye
  • jabor
  • Wotje

History of the Marshall Islands

  • Settled around 2,000 years before Christ
  • In 1526 the first European navigator discovered the islands
  • Visited by English Captain John Marshall in 1788, after which they were later named
  • 1850s proselytizing
  • Establishment of coconut plantations by German merchants
  • From 1906 part of the German New Guinea colony
  • 1914 Conquest by Japan
  • 1944 Conquest by the USA
  • 1979 independent republic
  • Fully independent under international law since 1990

Climate & travel weather on the Marshall Islands

  • Tropical humid climate all year round
  • High humidity of 85%
  • Water temperatures 28° – 30° C
  • Short, heavy rain showers possible at any time
  • Tropical cyclones possible between Sep and Nov (though rare)
  • May – Nov more precipitation than in dry season from Dec – Apr
  • Best travel time:
    • December – April, as there is less precipitation and mostly perfect bathing conditions

Ideas for trips in the Marshall Islands

  • Sonnen am Laura Beach
  • deep sea fishing
  • Diving the reefs of the Bikini Atolls
  • Visit the wrecks and remnants of WWII
  • Alele National Museum on Uliga
  • On Delap you will find many hotels, restaurants, shops and leisure facilities
  • Visit mussel farms
  • Travel back in time on the Arno Atoll

Eating & Drinking in the Marshall Islands

  • Breadfruit as a staple food
  • Fish as the main food source
  • Often used: pandan nut (screw tree), swamp tare, coconut
  • Typical dishes:
    • Barramundi cod cooked in banana leaves
    • Roasted chestnuts
    • roast Chicken
    • Fried shrimp
    • Palm thief (world’s largest terrestrial crab species) as a local delicacy

Particularly scenic

  • Laura Beach
  • Bikini-Atoll
  • Mili Islands

Marshall Islands Travel Facts