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Flying into MAJ - any advice ?

Old 13th May 2018, 19:14
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Flying into MAJ - any advice ?

Iím not on the stick, strictly a passenger but it looks like an interesting place for a layover. Any good tips ?
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Old 14th May 2018, 03:41
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The Marshall Sun hotel used to be a basic nice place on the lagoon to stay..
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Old 14th May 2018, 13:07
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Take plenty of Deet..get your shots..avoid the dogs with foaming mouths
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Old 14th May 2018, 15:20
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Go diving on a DC3 in the lagoon. It was dumped there due unpaid parking bills several years ago
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Old 15th May 2018, 01:52
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Thanks guys, I’m fully stocked with Ultrathon and plug in zappers from prior experiences. I’ll avoid the dogs for sure.
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Old 15th May 2018, 15:40
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Stay away from the local girls, if you have time get a ticket on Air Marshalls and go up to Bikini Atoll.
Outrigger Hotel Majuro is one of the places to stay.
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Old 15th May 2018, 16:53
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One of my crews stayed there, were very happy to receive their clearance via satellite and leave. Knowing them and their usual desire to explore, I found their desire to leave a poor recommendation to stay myself.

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Old 16th May 2018, 13:48
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Originally Posted by mattyj View Post
Take plenty of Deet..get your shots..avoid the dogs with foaming mouths
Rabies on the Marshall Islands? Not according to the CDC:

https://www.cdc.gov/importation/rabi...countries.html

and you wouldn't expect rabies on such a small island.
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Old 17th May 2018, 07:38
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Read the rider, it doesn't entirely declare the Marshalls, or any of the countries mentioned, as not having rabies.

And, yes, small islands (including those in the Pacific) have had rabies in the past and many authorities list the Marshalls as "low risk" and not "no risk".
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Old 17th May 2018, 12:12
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I was fascinated, especially by the Chinese fishing fleet and the Chinese mother ship in the lagoon.
They worked all night at fishing the atoll dry.Maybe their mission is complete and they have left.

The comment at the time was that the Chinese were filling in where the USA had withdrawn. I could see it then and I understand it better now.
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Old 18th May 2018, 08:19
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Originally Posted by down3gr33ns View Post
Read the rider, it doesn't entirely declare the Marshalls, or any of the countries mentioned, as not having rabies.

And, yes, small islands (including those in the Pacific) have had rabies in the past and many authorities list the Marshalls as "low risk" and not "no risk".
fair enough; avoiding dogs foaming at the mouth is a good general rule, and monkeys also. And bats.
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Old 18th May 2018, 10:38
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Despite your apparent scepticism, Cooper, there are bats on the Marshalls:

Common Fauna: 70+ species of birds including 15 species of seabirds known to breed in the Marshall Islands. Lizards, crabs, bats, rats, cats and dogs make up most of the land animals.

The "low risk" relates to wild animals and not domestic animals. I think you'll agree bats are wild animals.
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Old 10th Jun 2018, 23:48
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In summary:

Majuro itself is a real “dung heap”, fortunately I was billeted on a luxury private island of which the less said the better if only because the previous residents just had a rather high profile wedding. The area also has the highest rate of syphilis in the world, so yes I stayed away from the ladies, and the mosquitoes were indeed a living nightmare, they even bit through a layer of Ultrathon. The DC3 is still in good condition, I was going to do some snorkelling but the lagoon got a bit choppy and I saw a couple of sharks so I settled for a couple of photos from the boat. The Chinese fishing fleet is still very much in residence and seems to be applying a vacuum to the ocean, there won’t be much left in a couple of years. But if tropical seclusion is your thing, the islands across the lagoon from the airport are incredible.
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