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Home Adventure Travel Ideas Activities Wildlife Albatrosses & Midway Atoll

Albatrosses & Midway Atoll

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Goonies, Boobies and...

Albatrosses clumsily land to your right, red-footed boobies roost in ironwoods to your left, frigatebirds soar over head and speckled terns nest underfoot... surround yourself in an island of sea birds... millions of them!  Midway Atoll attracts the world’s largest colony of Laysan albatross among countless other migratory and shore birds, endangered Hawaiian monk seals, threatened green sea turtles and spinner dolphins.  Like Galapagos Islands, wildlife show little fear to humans, providing an unique experience into the cycle of evolution.  This National Wildlife Refuge, located northwest of Hawaii and midway between Japan and California is now open to the public as one of the newest ecotourism destinations.  Human history also abounds: cable station buildings with the first around-the-world message in 1903; evidence of 1941 attack of Pearl Harbor; WWII’s decisive Battle of Midway in 1942, and Midway House, secret meeting place of Nixon and Thieu during the Vietnam War.  The once naval facility has been converted to comfortable lodging with meals served in the cafeteria.  Deep sea fishing and scuba diving are available.  Travel to Midway is limited to age 18 and older until October 1997 when it will be lowered to age 15.  Caution is necessary be-cause of the intriguing but clumsy albatrosses that hit visitors during their take offs and landings!  (They are considering my suggestion of helmets for the kids 15 and younger!!)  If interested and you have younger children, stay in contact, policy may change.




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