West of the main Hawaiian Islands in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge is one of the oldest atoll formations in the world. The atoll barrier reefs form a protected lagoon that provides habitat to diverse marine life including turtles, galapagos sharks, manta rays and monk seals. As shown on the island map, much of the shoreline is closed for sea turtle habitat, so a boat may be required to access some dive sites.
All travel and visitation to Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge has been temporarily suspended since 2013 due to budget cuts. Make sure to check with the Wildlife Refuge well prior to any anticipated trip. To be added to the visitor waiting list, call the US Fish-Wildlife Service at (415) 256-9604. Keep in mind that when travel is permitted, a US Passport is required.
The Oceanic Society offers periodic multi-day, guided trips to Midway Atoll. The trips start and end in Honolulu. For information about these excursions, contact the Oceanic Society at (415) 256-9604.