Arriving at the airport
on Majuro, you quickly realize you have reached a different
world and time. The thin landing strip is surrounded on
all sides by blue ocean that stretches to the horizon in
every direction. A long road snakes between the open ocean
on one side, and a huge lagoon surrounded by a circular
ring of white-edged islands on the other. There are virtually
no other tourists. And, there's little to separate you from
experiencing island life like has always been.
Majuro is the Marshalls political and economic center. It
is just a sandy spit of land, but what the atoll lacks in
elevation and vegetation, it makes up for in coral formation.
By nature, atolls have the oldest, and therefore often the
largest concentrations of coral reefs. Coral reefs mean little
fish; little fish mean bigger fish; bigger fish mean marlin,
tuna, Mahi-mahi, Wahoo and sharks. Majuro's virgin reefs are
comprised of stunning Staghorn, Lettuce, Mushroom and other
fragile hard corals.