Capital | Delap-Uliga-Darrit
Population | 67,182 (July 2011 est.)
Area | 181 SQ KM
Official Language | English, Marshallese
Holidays | Constitution Day, 1 May (1979)
Currency | Dollar (USD)
Time Zone | UTC +12
Best Time to Visit | Diving is at its best May to October, when the water is calmest, though water temperatures are bath-like year round.
Connecting with the Culture | Deep-sea fishing off Longar Point on Arno Atoll. Witnessing the night-time pyrotechnics of missile-testing on Kwajalein Atoll, the world’s largest coral atoll. Relaxing on Majuro Atoll’s chilled-out beaches. Swimming and fishing off Mejit Island. Discovering history on Maloelap Atoll among the twisted wrecks of WWII bombers.
Read | Man This Reef by Gerald Knight- translated legends of an elderly Marshallese storyteller.
Listen | to local boy band, Country Light- their debut album Jambo combines English and Marshallese songs.
Watch | shocking documentaries about Bikini Atoll including Dennis O’Rourke’s definitive Half Life.
Eat | fresh seafood.
Drink | coconut milk straight from the source.
In a Word | yokwe yuk (love to you- the traditional greeting)
Characteristics | Bikinis; warmly welcoming Marshallese; ‘secret’ US bases; WWII wrecks, stunning but uninhabitable beaches; big game fishing.
Surprises | Visiting the traditional small village of Laura on Majuro; camping out on the outer islands in absolute serenity.