A Historical Tour of the Marshall Islands

Study History in the Marshall Islands

The Marshall Islands are very remote, and tourism is just beginning to come to the locale. So, during your trip to study history in the islands, add an impact by joining a beach clean-up day, or by volunteering in a local school.

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Sojourn – Gain a better understanding of the community you’re visiting. Learn about different religions or spiritual practices. How do these impact the communities? How does religion or spirituality influence local traditions?

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Savor – Will you choose sweet or savory? Take the time to visit local markets and discover unique local ingredients. Learn how to prepare traditional meals & local favorites.

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Tip of the Tongue – Each morning, take the time to learn a few basic greetings and phrases in the local language. Learn how to write greetings & your name in the local script.

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A Wrinkle in Time – History influences our present. Discover the history of the country you visit. Hear the stories of your guides & their family history. Where do they come from?

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Journal Journeys – Take some time to reflect on the day’s events and document your journey. Spend a moment journaling about the day had & day ahead. These are memories for a lifetime!

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Culture – From local dances, festivals, or simple gestures to communicate – all of these make up a country’s culture. Learn and practice cultural norms & how to show respect in the culture you visit.

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You’ll land in Majuro to start your adventure through the Marshall Islands. Majuro is the largest city on the 64-island chain. Here you’ll find a vibrant port, shops, restaurants and cafes, and very welcoming locals. Your guide will meet you to give to any updates on your travel plans for the week ahead before escorting you to an authentic island dinner. 

Today the group will travel by boat for just under an hour to one of the most visited atolls in the island chain – Arno Atoll. Here you will spend the day snorkeling, swimming, relaxing on one of the atoll’s pristine beaches, scuba diving, or deep sea fishing. Your guide will bring food and drinks for a beachside picnic lunch. There aren’t many services or conveniences on the atoll, but that just means you can enjoy the peace and tranquility of having paradise all to yourself. 

This morning your guide has arranged a dive for the group at Kalalin Pass. This area is a world-renowned dive spot. You can choose to scuba or snorkel along the coral reefs in the area, and see hundreds of vibrant and colorful fish species that live in these reefs. Also keep a look out for rays, sea turtles and sharks. 

After your morning dive, you’ll travel to the Bikini Atoll for a history lesson. This area was used to test nuclear weapons in the 1950s. Although most of the atoll’s residents were relocated following these tests out of concern for lingering radioactivity in the area, many have moved back in the years since. The islands are open to visitors for diving, but all dive activities in the area also include a truthful history lesson on the area’s past. It’s also a great dive spot because there are more than ten shipwrecks in the lagoons surrounding the atoll.

The group will travel to Laura today for a day of relaxation. There are many popular beaches on the island and coral reefs shallow enough for great snorkeling. You can spend the whole day in Laura, or opt for an excursion to other smaller islands nearby like Maloelap and Mili. There are many opportunities on all the atolls to eat authentic food, take in dancing native to the islands, arrange for scuba and snorkeling trips, and more. 

For your final day in Majuro, you’ll have the day to yourself to spend as you like. Opt for one final day laying on the beach, or visit the Alele Museum, Library and National archives for an education about the island chain, including more information about the U.S. nuclear testing here during the Cold War. Spend a final evening with your group for one last authentic island dinner and dancing entertainment. 

The time always comes when vacation must end, and today’s that day. Your guide will bring you to the international airport in Majuro, where you will catch your flight home. You’re sunkissed, relaxed, and ready to take on reality after your week-long stay in this remote paradise.

Very few travelers make it to the Marshall Islands. The atolls that make up the islands are very remote. But that also protects them from being overrun by tourists. If you’re looking for a tropical paradise, away from the crows, the Marshall Islands are the place to go for sustainable travel.


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