Midway Island

Midway Island is a 2.4-square-mile atoll located in the North Pacific Ocean, about one-third of the way between Honolulu and Tokyo. It is best known as the location of the Battle of Midway fought in World War II on June 4–6, 1942. Nearby, the United States Navy defeated a Japanese attack against the Midway Islands, marking a turning point in the war in the Pacific Theatre. Today it is administered by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and is known as the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. We were flown to the island as guests of Midway Phoenix Corporation whose tours to the island have since shut down. The small island has many areas of historical significance related to WWII and the Gooney birds are everywhere. There is an absolutely gorgeous white-sand beach, spectacular diving and Monk seals frequently come ashore to bask in the sun. Midway Island is an incredible place for experiencing wildlife of the North Hawaiian Islands in their natural habitat. The good news is that the FWS began to allow certain tours to be conducted within the refuge again in 2008. For more information visit the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service website.

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