If you want to visit, you’ll have to shell out around $5,000 to score a seat on a charter airplane, and you’ll also have to sign up for a tour with an ecological group. There’s permits, regulations, and other government paperwork to ensure that the area stays protected for future generations.
You’re welcome to fill out a permit, but with a thirty-day public review period your chances still might be close to none. Just make sure you know why you’re going—snorkeling doesn’t count—as research, education, conservation, Native Hawaiian practice, and special ocean use are the only options. Recreational permits are allowed for visits to Midway Atoll, but you better hurry up, as the deadline to visit this upcoming winter is September 1.
Related Stories: [Photo from Tern Island: angrysunbird]
· Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument [Official Site]
· Papahanaumokuakea: Hawaii's New UNESCO Site a Marine Wonderland [SF Gate via Seattle PI]
· Hawaii Travel coverage [Jaunted]
[Photo from Tern Island: angrysunbird]