Warm and tropical throughout the year, you can expect awesome visibility and healthy reefs. There is a downside, however, these islands are hugely inaccessible. Unless you are a member of the military or a scientist that just happens to get stationed here momentarily, the only way to make it out here is to own or charter a yacht or sailboat, taking the long trek through the rolling seas.
If you do make it here, there are plenty of things worth seeing. Around Baker Island there are some fascinating shipwrecks from WWII, and even an aircraft. The reefs, too, deserve plenty of careful inspection, as the creatures here have probably never seen a human before.
Just a heads up, it is HIGHLY recommended that you do not do any snorkeling or diving anywhere near Johnston Atoll because of its military association.
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What to see
A haven for wildlife, you can run across a bountiful display of reef fish, and even some sharks and rays. Monk seals come here to rear their young, so you might just get lucky enough to swim with these playful and curious creatures. Spring time is the best time of year to come across these beauties.
From August to April you will surely see a huge array of sea birds. Albatross, especially, come here in huge flocks to lay their eggs and raise their young.
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Hidden in the vast Pacific Ocean, the US Minor Outlying Islands are a world away from it all. Eight islands make up this group: Baker Island, Palmyra Atoll, Johnston Atoll, Howland Island, Jarvis Island, Kingman Reef, Midway Islands, and Wake Island.
At one time Johnston Atoll was used by the United States as a storage facility for weapons of mass destruction. This all ended in 2001, when the military base was shut down and deserted. Today, there are no permanent residents on any of the islands. Occasionally members of the scientific community are stationed here to do research, but they come and go with the tide. Now, an occasional yacht will put down an anchor and rest before heading out again, but those times are few and far between.
The only activities to accomplish here are snorkeling and scuba diving, fishing, and lounging on the beach. This is the literal definition of a desert island. It’s just you and nature, out here!
The only way to get to the island is by a private ship of some kind. There are no roads on the islands, no stores, no medical facilities. You’re on your own!