The Republic of Marshall Islands, or simply the Marshall Islands, is a nation of roughly one thousand islands, which are mostly slender and flat. Enamored by the islands’ natural beauty, tourists usually have difficulty leaving behind the Marshall Islands when it’s time to go home.
The native population, known as Marshallese, make up 90% of the nation’s residents, and are expert fishers and navigators. Having lived by and relied on the sea for many generations, locals start honing their skills at a young age.
The rest of the island’s population is made up of an assortment of immigrants, with nationalities including American, Filipino, Chinese, New Zealander, Australian, other Micronesian, Kiribati, Korean, and Fijian.
The history of the Marshall Islands is colorful, to say the least. Beginning in the late 1700s, after being isolated for 2000 years, these islands in the Micronesian region were either visited, occupied, or colonized at one time by Great Britain, Russia, Germany, Japan, and the USA. All of these countries have made their mark on Marshallese culture, from the international grocery stores and restaurants to the unique blends of cultural expression, especially in the form of dance and music.
There are two major dialects spoken in the Marshall Islands, but the usage of English is widespread. Tourists will not have any difficulties in communicating with island residents.
In case you’re bringing along electrical devices, know that the country’s electricity runs on 110-120V, similar to the USA. Socket types used are primarily the grounded and non-grounded versions of North American sockets.
The Marshall Islands is a charming group of islands that could very well be likened to paradise. Thus, the country is a perfect choice for tourists looking for a relaxing waterside vacation without breaking the bank.