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    Tonga: Coastline. Go Now!

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    Vanuatu: Jetty into the ocean. Go Now!

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    Federated States of Micronesia
    This diverse country stretches for thousands of miles and has the diversity to prove it, including the people from Chuuk, Pohnpei, and Yap among others. Begin Your Journey!

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Social Life in the Marshall Islands


The people of the Marshall Islands are very humble and modest as they rarely express themselves in a way to offend another. This comes in respecting other people, dressing modestly, avoiding outward signs of wealth or affection, and having a reverence for God as most people are Christian.

As a visitor to the Marshall Islands, that same modesty is expected; modesty in dress, actions, words, and every aspect of your life. Many of the most important behavioral restrictions to be aware of are related to dress, dating (see below for both), and dining (see our Marshall Islands Food & Dining Page for more information). Also try to avoid being loud, rude, showing off wealth, or getting drunk in public.


Historically the clothing in the Marshall Islands was limited as men only wore a small piece of cloth called a lageb or a larger apron-like cloth from the waist down called a kal ortuman. Sometimes they would also wear a grass skirt, which covered the front and back of a man from the waist down (especially in the case of village chiefs). Women wore two large mats, one for the front of their body and the second for the back, both of which only covered the waist down and which were attached to a belt. However, today most people cover up and tend to dress conservatively. Women tend to wear loose-fitting dresses that cover their knees and shoulders while men tend to wear shorts and t-shirts.

As a visitor to the Marshall Islands you should also dress in a conservative manner as women should cover their shoulders and knees and men should make an effort to do the same, especially in regards to cover their knees (with long shorts). Swimwear should only be worn on private beaches and in resorts.

This page was last updated: November, 2013