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Marshall Islands: Top 10 Places To Visit
Marshall Islands are a group of islands located halfway between Hawaii and Australia. Frequent flights are available from Honolulu and Guam to Majuro, the capital city of Marshall Islands. There are over 1150 islands, islets and coral reefs in Marshall Islands, scattered across the Central Pacific Ocean. Marshall Islands gained independence from the United States in 1986 after being a nuclear testing site for the US.
1. Laura Beach
Laura Beach is a popular tourist destination in Majuro, the capital atoll. It is one of the most beautiful beaches in the region. Apart from this beach, there is little to see in Majuro. The Laura settlement and graveyard is one of the ancient settlements excavated in the archipelago. These settlements date back to 2000 years.
2. Bikini Lagoon
Bikini Atoll used to be the nuclear testing site of the US between 1947 and 1965. The people of this atoll were relocated due to radioactive fallout. At present, this atoll is a famous spot for adventure sports. This is the best place to do scuba diving. One can find world war 2 shipwrecks and amazing aquatic life in the waters of Bikini Atoll. Air Marshall Islands have weekly flights from Majuro to Bikini.
3. Bravo Crater
Bravo Crater is a 2 km wide, 75 m deep crater present in the Bikini Atoll. This has been created due to hydrogen bomb testing in the year 1954. Several nuclear tests have taken place at this crater.
4. Ivy Mike Test Site
Ivy Mike Test Site is where the first hydrogen bomb has been tested in the year 1952. It is present in the north of Enewetak Atoll. The site is a 1.9 km wide crater. A similar bombing took place at this site in 1956 as well. The radiation was so intense that the heat evaporated nearby islands, especially the Elugelam Island.
5. Likiep Atoll
Likiep Atoll has the highest point of Marshall Islands, which is 11 m above the sea level. The atoll consists of nearly 65 islands in the Ratak Chain. The Debrum House, a historical plantation house built in 1888, is located on the Likiep Island. It is the only surviving plantation house in the entire Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands. It also found its place in the US National Register of Historic Places.
6. Bokak Atoll Lagoon
Bokak Atoll Lagoon a.k.a Taongi Atoll Lagoon is a pristine lagoon present in the Bokak Atoll. The specialty of this lagoon is a 15 cm high massive rim formed by algae enclosing the shores. The lagoon is 0.9 m higher than the surrounding ocean.
7. Kalalin Pass
Kalalin Pass is infact the best diving location in the entire capital atoll of Majuro. Many people consider this as the best place to do scuba diving. You can find wide varieties of aquatic life including sharks.
8. Arno Atoll
Arno Atoll is a group of 133 coral islands in the Ratak Chain. Many people visit Arno Atoll to escape from the pollution of Majuro City. Majuro is heavily polluted; you can see trash and used cars along the shores acting as seawalls. Arno Atoll is where you can find real solace and pristine views of the paradise. To reach Arno, you need to go to the Uliga dock present in the downtown of Majuro. Cargo boats travel twice a week from the dock to Arno. The trip may cost around 3$.
9. Eneko Island
Eneko Island is a part of the Majuro Atoll where most of the foreigners like to go for an overnight trip. You can contact local tourism office or your resort to find out a means to visit or stay on this little island.
Kwajelein is a major atoll city apart from Majuro. It is the home base of the US Missile Testing Site. Nearly 2000 Americans stay on this atoll. Some parts of this atoll have restricted access. Continental Airlines operate flights to this place from different cities of Micronesia. This atoll is one of the best picnic spots in the entire archipelago.
These are the top attractions in Marshall Islands. Do not forget to cover all these places if you are staying for a long time in the country.
© 2017 Yashwanth Kumar