About the Marshall Islands


Halfway between Australia and Hawaii lies a group of 1,152 islands and 30 atolls known as the Marshall Islands, boasting breathtaking seascapes and offering some of the best wreck diving spots in the world. But due to their remote location, the islands are still hidden from mainstream tourism and are, in many ways, an explorer’s dream destination.

An important thing to know before deciding on a trip to the Marshall Islands is that some islands are completely off-limits to visitors after having been used for nuclear testing by the US army during the 40s and 50s.

The country covers the total area of 181.43 km2 and has the population of just over 53,000 people. Marshallese constitute the ethnic majority, and the two official languages are Marshallese and English. There are two cities: Majuro and Kwajalein.

Those who do make the long journey to visit the Marshall Islands, mainly do so for the wreck diving. The most popular dive sites are located around the city of Majuro and the small but world-famous island of Bikini Atoll. A former atomic testing site and ship graveyard, after World War II, the island offers a different kind of diving — the eerie kind, as you get to swim close to the buried ghosts of the past. If you prefer a more relaxing dive, the Marshall Islands have an abundant marine life for you to swim with.

Check the visa requirements before planning your trip. Citizens of the USA and some countries in Oceania can travel to the Marshall Islands visa-free and stay for an unlimited time, while EU nationals within the Schengen area can travel to the region for a maximum of 90 days. Citizens of most other countries can obtain a visa on arrival, and some will need to apply for a visa prior to arrival. Make sure to have a travel document valid for at least six months and a return ticket.