The Midway Atoll is located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, about a 4.5 hour flight from Honolulu. It consists of three islands and a shallow white sand lagoon, sheltered from the surrounding Pacific Ocean by a coral reef. Oceanic Society's tours are limited to 16 people at a time so there is as little disruption to the wildlife as possible. The seven day tour includes wildlife observations, historical excursions, bird watching, and unlimited beach snorkeling. Participants also assist the staff with habitat restoration services and collection of debris, like fishing nets that may wash up on shore.
Volunteers stay in double occupancy rooms with private baths and dine at the "Clipper House," Midway's central hub and mess hall. The price of the trip, which includes airfare from Honolulu, accommodations and meals is $5075. There will be six excursions to Midway next year, March 22-29, April 19-26, April 26-May 3, May 3-10, May 10-17 and December 6-13. There are only 15 spots available for each trip so potential travelers must include a $400 deposit with their application. You can sign up and read more about the excursion at OceanicSociety.org.
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