The Marshall Islands attract with tropical nature and a large number of historical monuments. Basically, these are the remains of military equipment from the Second World War, which sank near the coast of the atolls.
Who and why goes to the Marshall Islands
Those who are interested in history, especially military history, should visit the atolls of Mili, Votje and Maloelap. American and Japanese military equipment of the 40s can be seen here on land and under water, while diving.
Connoisseurs of original culture will be interested in seeing Laura Village — an ethnographic village that has preserved its traditional way of life and customs, without the admixture of modern civilization. They should also visit the local Cultural Center and Alele Museum.
Fans of outdoor activities will be interested in Kwajalein Island with its entertainment facilities and a large number of sports grounds for volleyball, basketball, football, golf and ping-pong.
The Marshall Islands will be of great interest to divers due to the accumulation of sunken equipment — aircraft and ships. There is also a lot of unique underwater fauna. Particularly interesting in this regard is Bikini Atoll.
Attractions Majuro Atoll
Majuro is the most populated atoll and the political center of the country. However, tourists are attracted here mainly by the opportunity to go diving and explore the underwater depths. At the bottom of the ocean lie American planes and other sunken equipment left over from the battles of World War II. In small lagoons, there is almost no current, so here you can observe outlandish fish and sea turtles.
Majuro also hosts excursions to a marine farm where giant clams (tridacna) and corals are grown. Tourists are also shown a sorghum processing factory. Of the architectural structures on the island, it will be interesting to see the building of the local Capitol.
It is located on Majuro, in the central part of the city. It exhibits cultural and historical artifacts: canoe models, ancient weapons, household tools, utensils, sea shells.
Of particular interest are the traditional «alele» baskets woven from leaves, and ancient nautical charts made from knots and pieces of wood.
The settlement on the western tip of Majuro is attractive because it has preserved the customs and way of life as they were among the local tribes several centuries ago. People here live in traditional houses, without the improvements brought by civilization.
Near Laura Village is the Majuro Peace Park (Peace Park) memorial, which is dedicated to all those who died in the Pacific Ocean during World War II.
Attractions of Kwajalein Atoll
Kwajalein is the largest atoll in the region with a large number of places for entertainment and recreation:
- On Emon Beach, you can play volleyball with the whole family or barbecue on the already installed grills.
- Camp Hamilton Beach has a windsurfing school and picnic areas.
- At the Adult Recreation Center, you can play ping-pong and bowling, or swim in the pool.
The island has football and basketball courts, a golf course and a yacht club.
The Cultural Center of the Marshall Islands is located on Kwajalein. Outwardly, it looks like a squat one-story building. Artifacts related to the history of the island are stored here: photos, documents and engravings dedicated to the first acquaintance of the islanders with Europeans.
It also presents items related to navigation and seafaring, traditional tools, mats and fabrics made by folk craftsmen, national clothes and jewelry. A separate exposition is devoted to artifacts related to the military confrontation between the United States and Japan in World War II.
The atoll’s lagoon is notable for being the landing site for American intercontinental ballistic missiles, which are launched at the Vanderberg base (California).
Launches are held at night and are accompanied by a spectacular spectacle — a series of explosions and fireworks. They are rare, for security reasons they are observed from a sufficiently large distance.
Other notable atolls
During World War II, this atoll was one of Japan’s main military bases. Weapons left from those times, the remains of aircraft and dilapidated fortifications are still found here.
In the main village called Mili Mili, dozens of wartime relics are collected, Japanese bunkers and artillery fortifications are still visible. Until now, the remains of two aircraft lie on the surface of the earth — the American B-25 Mitchell bomber and the Japanese A6M5 Zero fighter. The atoll is also interesting for divers.
The atoll is notable as a cluster of military equipment and structures from the Second World War, left over from the confrontation between the United States and Japan. Here, defensive structures hidden in the jungle are found in abundance.
In the center of the village of Votje, the remains of Japanese military equipment and samples of weapons are collected. Some of the cars are still running. The lagoon also has sunken military ships and aircraft — a bait for divers.
Another atoll that has become the last refuge of military equipment since the battles of the 40s. War relics include: Betty fighters and bombers, an airfield, several howitzers and anti-aircraft positions — they are literally scattered throughout the island. In the shallow water opposite the lagoon, the Japanese cargo ship Toroshima Maru lay forever.
But the fauna of the coastal waters of the atoll is rich in exotic fish and marine animals, which attracts underwater divers.
In the ocean waters around this atoll, as well as around many other Marshall Islands, there is still a huge amount of sunken equipment from the war. But the atoll became famous for the tests of the hydrogen bomb and nuclear devices carried out here in the middle of the 20th century. Since the 80s, Bikini has been deserted due to the high background radiation. It is dangerous to stay here for a long time, but diving tours are regularly held here with an inspection of the underwater depths.
Underwater stalkers are attracted by the opportunity to view sunken planes and old ships, as well as admire accumulations of fish and other marine life that have not been caught for decades. This is a kind of analogue of Chernobyl in the Pacific Ocean.