MAJURO

Marshall Islands

Majuro is the capital city and the largest city of Marshall Islands, and also a large coral atoll of 64 islands in the Pacific Ocean.It forms a legislative district of the Ratak Chain of the Marshall Islands.

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Majuro is the capital city and the largest city of Marshall Islands, and also a large coral atoll of 64 islands in the Pacific Ocean.

It forms a legislative district of the Ratak Chain of the Marshall Islands. The atoll has a land area of 9.7 square kilometres (3.7 sq mi) and encloses a lagoon of 295 square kilometres (114 sq mi). As with other atolls in the Marshall Islands, Majuro consists of narrow land masses.

The main population center, named Delap-Uliga-Djarrit, DUD - three contiguous motus, had 20,301 people as of 2012. Majuro has a port, shopping district, hotels, and an international airport.

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POPULATION : City: 30,000
FOUNDED : 
TIME ZONE : MHT (UTC+12)
LANGUAGE : Marshallese (official), English (official)
RELIGION : Protestant 54.8%, Assembly of God 25.8%, Roman Catholic 8.4%, Bukot nan Jesus 2.8%, Mormon 2.1%, other Christian 3.6%, other 1%, none 1.5%
AREA : 15.76 km2 (6.08 sq mi)
ELEVATION : 3 m (10 ft)
COORDINATES : 7°7′N 171°4′E
SEX RATIO :
ETHNIC : Marshallese 92.1% , mixed Marshallese 5.9%. Others 2%
AREA CODE :
POSTAL CODE :
DIALING CODE : +692
WEBSITE :

Tourism

The Majuro atoll itself has few things to offer but is a good base for exploration of the surrounding islands.

The main tourist attraction is Laura Beach on the western tip of the main island about 40km away from town. As taxis to Laura Beach are quite expensive the added value of a rental car should not be neglected.

Eneko Island is a small atoll about 45 minutes away from Uliga by boat. Day trips and overnight stays at their small cottages need to be arranged through the Hotel Robert Reimers. Camping is also possible.

Scuba diving may be organized through Raycrew located in the first floor of Marshall Islands Resort. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable of local dive sites. Gear may also be rented here.

The small Formosa Supermarket has groceries and basic supplies but closes early. A bigger Payless supermarket is located in Uliga that is usually well stocked. K&K Island Pride Supermarket is located in Delap next to the Bank of Guam and has a large fresh produce section.

Several handicraft stores dot the main part of town. A visit to any of these will provide reasonably priced souvenirs. On many days you can also find women at these stores making these handicrafts.

History

Humans have inhabited the atoll for at least 2,000 years.

Majuro Atoll was claimed by the German Empire with the rest of the Marshall Islands in 1884, and the Germans established a trading outpost. As with the rest of the Marshalls, Majuro was captured by the Imperial Japanese Navy in 1914 during World War I and mandated to the Empire of Japan by the League of Nations in 1920. The island then became a part of the Japanese mandated territory of Nanyo; although the Japanese had established a government in Nanyo, local affairs were mostly left in the hands of traditional local leaders until the start of World War II.

On January 30, 1944, United States troops invaded, but found that Japanese forces had evacuated their fortifications to Kwajalein and Enewetak about a year earlier. A single Japanese warrant officer had been left as a caretaker. With his capture, the islands were secured. This gave the U.S. Navy use of one of the largest anchorages in the Central Pacific. The lagoon became a large forward naval base of operations and was the largest and most active port in the world until the war moved westward when it was supplanted by Ulithi (Yap, Federated States of Micronesia).

Following World War II, Majuro came under the control of the United States as part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands. It supplanted Jaluit Atoll as the administrative center of the Marshall Islands, a status that it retains after the independence of the Marshall Islands in 1986.

Climate

Being slightly north of the Equator, Majuro has a tropical climate with temperatures always above 21 °C (70 °F).

Climate data for Majuro

MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Average high °F (°C)85.5
(29.7)
85.9
(29.9)
86.1
(30.1)
86.1
(30.1)
86.4
(30.2)
86.3
(30.2)
86.4
(30.2)
86.7
(30.4)
86.9
(30.5)
86.9
(30.5)
86.6
(30.3)
85.9
(29.9)
86.3
(30.2)
Average low °F (°C)77.8
(25.4)
77.9
(25.5)
78.0
(25.6)
78.1
(25.6)
78.3
(25.7)
77.9
(25.5)
77.8
(25.4)
77.9
(25.5)
77.9
(25.5)
77.8
(25.4)
77.9
(25.5)
77.7
(25.4)
77.9
(25.5)
              
Source: NOAA 

Geography

At the western end of the atoll, about 50 kilometres (30 mi) from D–U–D by road, is the island community of Laura, a growing residential area with a popular beach. Laura has the highest elevation point on the atoll, estimated at less than 3 metres (10 feet) above sea level.

Djarrit is mostly residential.

Economy

Majuro's economy is driven by the service sector.

On September 15, 2007, Witon Barry, of the Tobolar Copra processing plant in the Marshall Islands' capital of Majuro, said power authorities, private companies and entrepreneurs had been experimenting with coconut oil as an alternative to diesel fuel for vehicles, power generators and ships. Coconut trees abound in the Pacific's tropical islands. Copra from 6 to 10 coconuts makes 1 litre of oil.

Air Marshall Islands has its headquarters in Majuro.

Internet, Comunication

Metered wireless Internet access in Majuro is widely available, although occasionally unreliable. People may purchase Internet time at the National Telecommunications Administration building or online by following the instructions given when trying to connect. Payless Supermarket also has a free wireless connection for customers in its dining area.

Transportation - Get In

Transportation - Get In

By plane

Amata Kabua International Airport  is on the south side of the Majuro atoll. United Airlines has thrice-weekly service from Honolulu as the first stop on its "island hopper" route which also serves the Federated States of Micronesia and Guam. Flights from Guam via FSM and Kwajelein are available on the remaining weekdays. The island hopper flight stops at various atolls on the way to/from Guam makes for a scenic way to the destination.

Hotel transfers are usually available for free upon reservation. Taxis are cheap as well (around US$1) and it is customary to pick up additional passengers on the way.

There is only one road in Majuro. If you are on a walk far away from the city center, police and other people will often give you a ride if they are going in the same direction.

 


Transportation - Get Around

The island can be explored by foot. The only exception to this is Laura Beach. Taxis are cheap ($0.75) as long you stay east of the airport. To further reduce costs cab sharing is common. Getting to Laura Beach by taxi is expensive, but buses make the round trip to Laura 6 days a week (not on Sundays) for $2, departing from the RRE parking lot. Hitchhiking is widely practiced and quite safe.

There may be packs of feral dogs roaming any inhabited parts of Majuro. Anyone walking or running needs to be ever alert as these dogs frequently attack without provocation. Walkers and runners should always carry a stout rod or similar and several rocks for use in thwarting marauding dogs. This has become less of a problem in recent years, but is still a danger from time to time.

Rental cars cost $US 60 per day. None of the large commercial rental agencies operate on the island. Hotel Robert Reimers has about a dozen cars available. A gas station is located south of Hotel Robert Reimers about two thirds of the way to the National Telecommunications Authority building, which is easily identifiable by the big satellite dishes.

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Shopping

The small Formosa Supermarket has groceries and basic supplies but closes early. A bigger Payless supermarket is located in Uliga that is usually well stocked. K&K Island Pride Supermarket is located in Delap next to the Bank of Guam and has a large fresh produce section.

Several handicraft stores dot the main part of town. A visit to any of these will provide reasonably priced souvenirs. On many days you can also find women at these stores making these handicrafts.

Restaurants

Restaurants tend to go through phases in Majuro. No place is consistent for more than a few months. If a restaurant is really good one week, it may be completely awful the next. An always changing workforce contributes greatly to this phenomenon as does the availability of ingredients. That being said, asking around about which places are good to eat can help greatly.

The Tidetable Restaurant attached to the Hotel Robert Reimers is a meeting place for locals as well as expats looking for cheap quality food and Internet access. The restaurant overlooks a busy town square as well as the lagoon. Try the MEC Blackout - seasoned slices of tuna which just touched a hot pan for a few seconds

DAR is a small cafe on the backroad of Uliga. They have reasonably priced diner fare and some of the best coffee on island. It's a great place to catch up on local gossip as well.

Won Hai Shien has excellent Chinese food and is located off the main road right next to Uliga Dock.

Aliang Restaurant is located just next to Won Hai Shien and also has excellent Chinese food, but of a different variety.

Flame Tree in Delap is a good place to go for pizza before sunset.

Riwut Corner is a diner that has a selection of American and local foods.

Marshall Islands Resort has a Sunday brunch with great views of the lagoon.

Sights & Landmarks

The Majuro atoll itself has few things to offer but is a good base for exploration of the surrounding islands.

The main tourist attraction is Laura Beach on the western tip of the main island about 40km away from town. As taxis to Laura Beach are quite expensive the added value of a rental car should not be neglected.

Eneko Island is a small atoll about 45 minutes away from Uliga by boat. Day trips and overnight stays at their small cottages need to be arranged through the Hotel Robert Reimers. Camping is also possible.

Things to do

Scuba diving may be organized through Raycrew located in the first floor of Marshall Islands Resort. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable of local dive sites. Gear may also be rented here.

Metered wireless Internet access in Majuro is widely available, although occasionally unreliable. People may purchase Internet time at the National Telecommunications Administration building or online by following the instructions given when trying to connect. Payless Supermarket also has a free wireless connection for customers in its dining area.

Nightlife

For nice places full of foreigners, check out the bars at RRE/Tide Table or at Marshall Islands Resort.

Marshall Islands Club is a local favorite. Spacious, with an open air deck situated right on the lagoon.

The Flame Tree is a very popular bar/club combination with a lively atmosphere.

The Pub caters to a more upscale crowd. The drinks aren't more expensive, but the $7 cover charge (includes free drink) affects its patronage. A well decorated, private VIP section also exists here.

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