Majuro is the capital of the Marshall Islands and has population of about 28,000 inhabitants. Majuro actually refers to the Majuro Atoll, containing 64 islands with the major population centers being the so called D-U-D communities, the islands of Delap, Uliga and Darrit from south to north on along the eastern edge of the atoll. Uliga is the main business district. Tourism is an increasingly important industry here and all the major facilities like hotels, restaurants and shops can be found in Uliga or one of the other nearby villages.
Sailing crafts of all sizes from luxury yachts to traditional Marshallese canoes, are welcome to participate in this unique regatta held in Majuro between late March and early April. Even windsurfers can take part in the main Saturday afternoon race, which follows a triangular pattern to and from the Robert Reimers Enterprises complex. There are also races for miniature canoes called riwut and vessels built entirely from recycled materials. A weekend affair, prizes are awarded on Saturday, a picnic takes place on Sunday and the Marshall Islands Resort hosts a soirée on Monday.
Majuro enjoys a nice tropical climate with generally hot and humid weather. Daytime temperatures are around 29 to 32 degrees Celcius throughout the year with little variation. This applies to nighttime temperatures as well, generally being around 24 degrees Celcius and rarely dropping lower. The wettest months are September to November, with December to April being the dry season. This is also when northeast tradewinds bring some nice breezes which cool things off a bit. Obviously, this is one of the best times to visit, but other months can be equally enjoyable, although a tropical storm always is a possibility.
Marshall Islands International Airport (MAJ), also known as Amata Kabua International Airport, serves Majuro. Flag carrier Air Marshall Islands is based here in this airport with destinations to Airok, Aur, Ebon, Enejit, Jaluit, Jeh, Kaben, Kili, Kwajalein, Majkin, Maloelap, Mejit, Mili, Namdrik, Utirik, Wotje. Continental Airlines, operated by its subsidiary Continental Micronesia, flies into Majuro from Chuuk, Guam, Honolulu, Kosrae, Kwajalein and Pohnpei.
There is no scheduled passenger services, but government-run boats travel to and from Majuro infrequently.
Affordable cars can be rented at Majuro and most roads are paved. Traffic drives on the right and your national driver's licence is valid for 30 days. Most other islands and atolls are easily explored by bike or on foot.
Majuro has a well organised shared taxi system. Just wave your hand and you will be on your way again. There are also frequent and cheap somewhat larger minivans plying the main routes on the island.
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