Marshall Islands — Attractions
Most Marshall Islands attractions are situated on the largest and most populous landmass, Majuro, including the archipelago’s most well known sunbathing spot, Laura Beach Park. On the way to Laura, most visitors will pass the Peace Park Memorial commemorating WWII soldiers who died during the Pacific conflict and the 1918 Typhoon Monument for the 200 victims of one of Majuro’s most devastating typhoons. The RRE Clam Farm and Tobolar Copra Processing Plant Tour both offer guided tours.
The biggest museum on the Marshall Islands is named after a traditional basket and is dedicated to preserving Marshallese history and culture. All of the exhibits come from the islands, including its displays of traditional canoes, tools and other artifacts. The Joachim Debrum Collection, the most historically significant photo anthology, contains over 2,500 glass negatives depicting life between 1880 and 1930. The Bogan Collection is named after a 1940s Marshallese crafts collector who generously donated his entire archive to the museum in 1994. Guests can also purchase memorabilia at the gift shop.
Address: Uliga D-U-D Municipality, Majuto
Phone: +692 625 3372
Waan Aelõñ in Majel
This traditional Marshallese outrigger workshop teaches youth to build canoes, sail and learn more about their heritage. The program also provides life skills and counseling to Majuro Jail inmates. Guided tours of the canoe house are available during weekday work hours. All proceeds from the hour-long sailing tours or gift shop go towards helping local youth. Traditional tools, handcrafted clocks and model canoes are among the handmade wood products sold at the gift shop.
Address: P. O. Box 1453, MH 96960 Majuro, Marshall Islands
Phone: +692 625 6123
Laura Beach Park
Majuro’s western tip is where visitors will find this popular picnic and sunbathing spot. It takes about an hour to drive from the town of Majuro to Laura Beach Park, whose main attractions are a fresh water shower, picnic places and one of the most popular sandy beaches in the Marshall Islands. Laura Beach Park is open seven days a week and resides 30 feet above sea level at Majuro’s highest point.
Address: Western Majuro
Peace Park Memorial
Some of the bloodiest battles in all of WWII were fought on the Marshall Islands. The Japanese government constructed this serene granite monument near the airport to honor the soldiers from their country who lost their lives during these devastating conflicts. During the war, the atoll of Majuro was first occupied by the Japanese and then the Americans. Colorful flowers and creatively arranged rocks fill the park’s meticulously manicured gardens.
1918 Typhoon Monument
In 1918, more than 200 people perished during one of the most severe typhoons ever to strike the Marshall Islands. This large sandstone monument in honor of the victims stands at a coastal dirt road at a corner of Laura Beach Park. The Monument also pays tribute to the Emperor of Japan, who generously donated much of the money used to rebuild Majuro after the incident. The full story of the 1918 typhoon is inscribed on the reminder.
Sea turtles rest along the seaside reefs and swim beneathe the calm waters of this popular Majuro scuba spot. Eight-foot long silvertip sharks are among the largest of the sea creatures divers may encounter below this beautiful lagoon, whose depth ranges between 30 to 130 feet. The nearby Kalalen Island is filled with a variety of soft and hard corals.
Despite its name, Majuro’s Aquarium is not an indoor building where visitors merely observe sea creatures from behind glass, but a thin strip of land where visitors can actually dive beneath the surface to interact with marine life. The Pacific Ocean lies on one side of the Aquarium, while a lovely lagoon resides on the other. The water depths range between 60 to 130 feet.