Talk about ‘hidden gems’: One of the least-visited countries wants you to check it out
As my boat slowly approached the 7-acre islet of Bokanbotin – a 15-minute ride from Majuro, capital of the Marshall Islands – it looked as if I was sailing into a desktop wallpaper.
A small white sandy beach wraps around an Edenic jungle. Under the sun, the turquoise water around the tiny island was as clear as glass – you could easily see the baby reef sharks swim below. No one else was on the private island, a secluded oasis.
The Pacific has no shortage of unspoiled islands like Bokanbotin to enjoy. Think Fiji or Tahiti, which are renowned as top tourist destinations for being akin to paradise. That’s not the case for fellow island nation the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI). As one of the least-visited countries in the world, the RMI gets only about 6,000 visitors a year. In comparison, just in June, Fiji received more than 90,000 travelers.
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