Kwajalein Atoll

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Introduction

Kwajalein Atoll is part of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI). The southernmost and largest island in the atoll is named Kwajalein Island, which its majority English-speaking residents (about 1,000 mostly U.S. civilian personnel) often called by the shortened name, Kwaj. The total land area of the atoll amounts to just over 16 km2. The atoll lies in the Ralik Chain, 3,900 kilometres southwest of Honolulu, Hawaii, at 8°43′N 167°44′E.

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Geography

Kwajalein is one of the world's largest coral atolls as measured by area of enclosed water. Comprising 97 islands and islets, it has a land area of 16.4 km² and surrounds one of the largest lagoons in the world, with an area of 2174 km². The average height above sea level for all the islands is about 1.8 metres.

Islands often have alternate names: the first is the Marshallese name, the second was assigned somewhat arbitrarily by the US Navy prior to their attack on the atoll during World War II. The original name was considered too difficult for English speakers to properly differentiate among the islands. The latter has often been retained by English speakers. The exception to this is Kwajalein itself, which is close to the native name; the received spelling is from German, however.

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Sights and Activities

Scuba diving and snorkeling in the waters surrounding Kwajalein is a popular pastime for island residents. A 9 hole golf course is present. Tennis courts available. And volleyball on the beach is played every Sunday AM. Fishing is very popular trolling by boat for Mahi, Ono, and tuna.

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Events and Festivals

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Weather

The average temperature varies less than 1.1 °C from month to month. The record is 21 °C. The highest temperature is 36 °C. The dry season occurs from January to April. The average annual rainfall is 2,570 mm. The average monthly relative humidity is between 78 and 83%.

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Getting There

By Plane

Air Marshall Islands flies to/from Airok, Bikini Atoll, Elenak, Enewetak, Jeh, Lae, Likiep, Majkin, Majuro, Rongelap, Ujae, Woja and Wotho.
United Airlines flies to/from Chuuk, Guam, Honolulu, Kosrae, Pohnpei and Majuro.

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Getting Around

Rental cars are not available to general public, and no taxis are on island. Residents may rent Quality of Life vehicles for hourly or daily use but most island transport is encouraged to be by foot or bicycle. There is a transport van available for passengers disembarking for Ebye to carry them from the airport to the Ferry dock.

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Sleep

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