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Overview

The Marshall Islands are made up of over one thousand small, narrow, flat coral islands, and the people who live on the Marshall Islands, the Marshallese, have been fishing and navigating for generations, a true seafaring nation. After two thousands years of complete isolation, these far flung Micronesian islands were finally visited, then settled, then colonized, by various colonists — first the British, followed by the Russians, Germans, Japanese and finally the Americans. These colonists came initially as missionaries and later, as defense forces.

Today, the Marshall Islands still retain a sense of these various influences, as witnessed in stores carrying groceries from around the world, restaurants serving international cuisine, and even the game of basketball. Despite all the outside influences, the Marshallese still live in family compounds surrounded by lush vegetation and still retain their island friendliness. The capital, Majuro Atoll, feels like much of the rest of the South Pacific in its easygoing and languid pace. (Kwajalelin Atoll, on the other hand, is leased to the American military for testing missiles and is not open for tourists.) Majuro Atoll is the heart of the Marshall Islands, its political and economic capital and comprised of fifty-three islets snaking along a 100 kilometer stretch. Robert Louis Stevenson visited Majuro Atoll in 1889 and named it 'the pearl of the Pacific'.

Except for the horrendous history of nuclear explosions on some of its islands, the best part of the Marshall Islands are its outer islands where it still feel like a tropical paradise, especially in Majuro Atoll. For fascinating Second World War memorabilia, divers head to Bikini Atoll for wreckage diving, or, to Rongelap for its coral reef. Other highlights include Majuro Lagoon where you can canoe in traditional outrigger canoes — some outer islanders have retained their tradition of using canoes (korkors) although motorboats (known as boom booms) are becoming popular; the island of Laura, with its pristine white sand beach perfect for picnicking; collecting shells and swimming; and the island of Eneko where you can spend the night in an eco-friendly guest house.

Temperatures tend to hover around 28 degrees most of the year and as in the rest of the tropics, it's humid most of the year. The southern Marshall Islands can be quite wet, getting over 400 centimeters of rain a year, while the north tends to be much drier. Majuro's wettest months are September to November. Tropical storms and typhoons are uncommon here, the last one in 1918.

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