Scouting the loneliest parts of the world can be a life-changing experience, more so if the destination is a small island bordered on all sides by the sublime Pacific. The overwhelming feeling of awe is common in all tourists before they alight at the Marshall Islands: it’s difficult to imagine how a sparsely-populated stretch of 29 small atolls can flourish in the middle of the ocean. The Marshall Islands is a viable tourist destination in Micronesia, if only for its white-sand shores and blue lagoons. But the locals have much to offer as well - warm smiles and friendly faces [...]
The Marshall islands are a grouping of tiny land masses and are part of the area known as Micronesia in the South Pacific. The island area was settled originally by the people from Micronesia but soon came under the rule of Spain who enslaved many of the islanders for crews on the many sailing ships that were running gold from one side of the world to another in a vain attempt to hide the wealth from the many revenge filled attackers. This last only a short period of time as the Germans found use for the islands and turned the area into a trading post for their country. The Japanese invaded in WWI and took control and then in WWII the US invaded and defeated the Japanese. Some years later the Marshall Islands signed the Compact of Free Association with the US and became an independent land. To this day they are self governed but less then self sufficient to say the least. The US provides more then sixty million dollars worth of aid to the Marshall islands every year and continues to try to bring the area out of economic ruins with little success.
The economic ruins of the Marshall Islands are not conducive to tourism. There is a small group of people that do travel to the islands each year and the US is hoping to garner and grow this with more incentives. With that in mind there is very little in the way of organized water sports to be found other than some fishing and swimming on the beach. Surfing has never taken hold because of the high cost of the equipment and the same is true of the wind surfing as the annual income of most of the native residents is less than one thousand dollars.
The culture of the land has been largely untouched over the years with a wide range of people. The British maintain a huge population in respect to the small amount of industry on the island. The same is true of the Spanish and of course the US people who have moved to the island in search of more freedoms.
Most of the activities on the island take place in the resort areas. The tribes of locals perform for the guests and there are constant demonstrations of native ceremonies and such. There is a thriving tour bus business on the island as well that will take you to the most exotic locales.
The Marshall Islands are a group of twenty-nine coral atolls, five single islands, and reefs in Micronesia. They are all spread out over about one million square miles, making it one of the largest in the Pacific Ocean. They are located about midway between Hawaii and Australia. This is one of the most unique and spectacular places to visit in the world. The Marshall Islands is only one of four atoll nations in the world and it is also one of the world’s youngest nations since it has only been independent since 1986.
When you vacation on the Marshall Islands you [...]