Marshall Islands


The weekly newspaper The Marshall Islands Journal is a reliable source of information and news about the country. Also useful is a CD called On The Move in the Marshalls, which contains hundreds of pages filled with facts, articles, maps, and photos and is produced by journalist Karen Earnshaw Other useful web sites include the Mieco Beach Yacht Club's site.

The Visitors Authority has a Tourist Office in the centre of Majuro which is the only really operational and useful establishment on the island and off it. They are the only real institution "in the know". However, even their information is usually out-dated or defunct. The office operates on normal business hours and is exceptionally friendly and helpful. The staff will organise any help you need and utilise their local contacts and knowledge to truly assist your needs.

If you want more information on the Marshall Islands, contact the Marshall Islands Embassy by mailing a letter to: 2433 Massachusetts Ave, Northwest Washington, D.C., 20008. ☎ +1 202 234-5414.


Wet season from May to November; hot and humid; islands border typhoon belt.


After almost four decades under US administration as the easternmost part of the UN Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, the Marshall Islands attained independence in 1986 under a Compact of Free Association. Compensation claims continue as a result of US nuclear testing on some of the atolls between 1947 and 1962. The Marshall Islands have been home to the US Army Post Kwajalein USAKA since 1964. A number of islands are off-limits to tourism and even to locals due to US military presence or the residue of nuclear testing.


The Marshall Islands consist of two island chains of 30 atolls and 1,152 islands, of low coral limestone and sand. Bikini and Enewetak are former US nuclear test sites; Kwajalein, the famous World War II battleground, is now used as a US missile test range.