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Majuro
Shoreline majuro.jpg
Lagoon shoreline on Majuro, February 1973
Geography
Majuro is located in Marshall islands
Majuro (Marshall islands)
Location Pacific Ocean
Coordinates 7°4′N 171°16′E / 7.067°N 171.267°E / 7.067; 171.267
Archipelago Marshall Islands
Area 3.75 square miles (9.7 km2)
Highest point Laura (10 feet (3.0 m))
Country
Marshall Islands
Demographics
Population 25,400 (as of 2004)
Density 2,618.56 /km2 (6,782.0 /sq mi)

Majuro (pronounced /ˈmædʒəroʊ/), population 25,400 people (as of 2004), is the capital and largest city of the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Built on an atoll of 64 islands, the Majuro Atoll, Majuro has a port, shopping district, hotels, and an international airport. The major population centers are the D–U–D communities: the islands of DelapUligaDjarrit (listed from south to north, on the eastern edge of the atoll). Uliga is the main business district, and banking and tourism are increasingly important. Uliga is home to the College of the Marshall Islands, Assumption High School, and Uliga Elementary School where English is taught to all students. The government offices are located in Delap; and located at the eastern point of Majuro Atoll is the capitol building for the Marshall Islands. Delap also has several large stores. Djarrit is mostly residential and has the largest public primary and a secondary schools in the country. At the western end of the atoll, about 30 miles from D–U–D by road, is the island community of Laura, a growing residential area with a popular beach. Laura has the highest elevation point on the atoll, estimated at less than 10 feet above sea level. Laura has the best soil for planting and is the home of several farms. Marshall Islands High School is near the north end of Majuro, in Djarrit.

The atoll itself has a land area of only 3.75 sq mi (9.7 km²), but encloses a lagoon of 113.92 sq mi (295 km²). Copra (coconut oil) is one of the main exports in the Marshall Islands, and receives copra shipments from most of the smaller populated atolls surrounding the area. Sport fishing is popular, and underwater divers are attracted to the area. Majuro and Kwajalein serve as the transportation hubs for the Marshall Islands, both for air service and shipping, though Majuro is more used because of Kwajalein's restricted military status.

Majuro, like many atolls, consists of extremely narrow land masses which allow a person to walk from the lagoon side to the ocean side within minutes. At some points, the island is narrow enough to throw a rock from one side to the other. Most of the roadway from Delap to Laura is a single two-lane paved road with houses on either side.

During World War II, on January 30, 1944, United States troops invaded Japanese-held Majuro and occupied the island.

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Coconut oil

Lagoon side with native dwellings

On September 15, 2007, Witon Barry, of the Tobolar Copra processing plant in the Marshall Islands' capital of Majuro, said power authorities, private companies and entrepreneurs had been experimenting with coconut oil as an alternative to diesel fuel for vehicles, power generators and ships. Coconut trees abound in the Pacific's tropical islands. Copra, from 6 to 10 coconuts makes 1 litre oil.[1]

Transportation

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Air

Marshall Islands International Airport, offering domestic and international service, is located on the Majuro Atoll. It is serviced by two passenger airlines: Continental Micronesia and Air Marshall Islands.

Boat

Majuro Lagoon is an active port that is visited by ships and boats used for various activities. The Marshall Islands Shipping Corporation operates three ships (Aeaman, Langdrik, Ribuukae) and a landing craft (Jelejeletae). These boats are the main link for transporting people and supplies to and from the outer islands.

Additionally, the lagoon acts as a harbor for commercial fishing vessels, cruisers, sport fishing boats, outrigger sailing canoes and the occasional luxury yacht.

Sport

Majuro was initially scheduled to host the seventh edition of the Micronesian Games, in 2010. It subsequently renounced its hosting rights, citing a lack of adequate infrastructure.[2][3]

Sister cities

References

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Coordinates: 7°04′N 171°16′E / 7.067°N 171.267°E / 7.067; 171.267


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Majuro is the largest city in and capital of the Marshall Islands. The downtown area is located north of the airport on the eastern side of the main island. It consists of the smaller towns Delap, Uliga and Darrit which are reside on islands linked by small stretches of land.

Get in

A boat dock is on the atoll side of Uliga.

By plane

Marshall Islands International Airport (IATA: MAJ) (ICAO: PKMJ) is on the south side of the Majuro atoll. Continental Airlines (operated by Continental Micronesia) has thrice-weekly service from Honolulu as part of its "island hopper" route which also serves the Federated States of Micronesia and Guam. Non-stop flights from Guam are available on the remaining weekdays. If time permits the island hopper flight stopping at various atolls on the way to/from Guam makes for a scenic way to the destination.

Hotel transfers are usually available for free upon reservation. Taxis are cheap as well (around US$ 5) and it is a customary process to pick up more passengers on the way.

There is only one road in Majuro. If you are walk far away from the city center, police and other people will often give you a ride if they are going in the same direction.

Get around

The island can be explored by foot. The only exception to this is Laura Beach. Taxis are cheap as long you stay east of the airport. To further reduce costs cab sharing is common. Getting to Laura Beach by taxi is expensive and you may have a hard time to organize a lift back. You can hitchhike your way back, though.

There are packs of feral dogs roaming all inhabited parts of Majuro. Anyone walking or running needs to be ever alert as these dogs frequently attack without provocation. Walkers and runners should always carry a stout rod or similar and several rocks for use in thwarting marauding dogs.

Rental cars run at somewhat fixed rate of $US 60 per day. None of the huge commercial rental agencies operate on the island. Hotel Robert Reimers has about a dozen cars available. A gas station is located south of Hotel Robert Reimers about two thirds of the way to the National Telecommunications Authority building (easily identifiable by the big satellite dishes).

Enoko Island, part of the Majuro atoll. You can rent this for a day or night.
Enoko Island, part of the Majuro atoll. You can rent this for a day or night.

The Majuro atoll itself has few things to offer but is a good base for exploration of the surrounding islands.

The main tourist attraction is Laura Beach on the western tip of the main island about 40km away from town. As taxis to Laura Beach are quite expensive the added value of a rental car should not be neglected.

Enoko Island is a small atoll about 45 minutes away from Uliga by boat. Day trips and overnight stays at their small cottages need to be arranged through the Hotel Robert Reimers.

Do

Internet access in Majuro is among the most expensive in the world. The only affordable place to access the internet is at the National Telecommunication building. It is in the city center with the large satellite dishes in the front of the building. They have a small internet cafe in the building.

Buy

The small Formosa Supermarket has groceries and basic supplies but closes early. A bigger Payless supermarket is located off the main road in the south-east corner of the main atoll.

Eat

The Tidetable Restaurant [http://] attached to the Hotel Robert Reimers is a meeting place for locals as well as expats looking for cheap quality food and Internet access. The restaurant overlooks a busy town square as well as the lagoon. Try the MEC Blackout - seasoned slices of tuna which just touched a hot pan for a few seconds. houeses are 2 pounds and big macs are 5

Drink

water

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Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010

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Proper noun

Majuro

  1. The capital city of the Marshall Islands

Translations

  • Chinese: 马朱罗 (mǎzhūluó)
  • Japanese: マジュロ (Majuro)

Simple English

File:Shoreline
Shoreline in Majuro

Majuro is the capital city of the country of the Marshall Islands. Built on 64 islands, Majuro has a port and an international airport. It has a population of 25,400 (2004). Majuro is located at 7°7'30" North, 171°4' East (7.125, 171.0667).

The atoll of Majuro has a land area of only 3.75 mi² (9.7 km²), and is surrounded by lagoon of 113.92 mi² (295 km²). Sport fishing and underwater diving are popular. During World War II, on January 30, 1944, United States troops attacked Majuro (controlled by Japan).


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