Far removed from the more familiar holiday destinations of the Pacific, the Republic of Marshall Islands is a chain of coral atolls, islands and volcanic outcrops scattered over a vast track of ocean. Bikini Atoll was used as a graveyard for ships after the second world war and has long been considered a divers’ paradise, but the archipelago of a thousand or so tiny islands has much to offer the intrepid traveller. Beware, however; the distance between atolls is such that the concept of island-hopping poses a serious challenge! Your visit is likely to start in the small capital, Majuro, where the roads have no traffic lights and where life moves at a languid pace. For the Marshallese, work revolves around fishing for the main part, but as a visitor, you can soak up the sun, swim in pristine lagoons, go diving, or find a quiet atoll and feel like Robinson Crusoe!