Midway Atoll

I have traveled to some of the top wildlife destinations in the world such as the Galapagos Islands, South Georgia Island and the Serengeti. Midway Atoll can easily be included in this group. The three islands of Midway were important when the first telegraph lines crossed the Pacific Ocean to Asia and again in WWII. The Navy used it until 1993 for a refueling base but now it is mostly a sanctuary for birds. Midway is located about 1200 miles from Hawaii or about halfway from the USA to Asia.

Nearly three million birds call it home for much of each year, including the world’s largest population of Laysan Albatrosses, or "gooney birds". Many other birds including terns, tropicbirds plus Hawaiian monk seals, green sea turtles and spinner dolphins frequent Midway. It is not an easy or inexpensive destination to reach. One must go with a group of no more than 18 people who use a weekly charter flight from Honolulu. Once there you can walk, use a bicycle, or a golf cart to get around the small island. I have had no other experience like it.