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Old 08-05-2008, 19:15   #1
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US-owned uninhabited islands for sailing

That would be cool to sail to a deserted island and have the whole place to yourself. Sort of like Gilligans Island. I know of a few that are uninhabited. Like Palmyra Atoll, south of Hawaii. That was a big stopping spot in the 1970's. And a few others around that area. Some are pretty small though, like 2 square miles big. Not a place to be if a major hurricane comes rolling thru. And I also heard Micronesia has a bunch of uninhabited islands.
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I think Palmyra is owned by the Nature Conservency. Access is somewhat controlled and you cannot just stop on by and play Gilligan's Island. I think you will find that true of most islands inhabited or not they are owned and controlled by governments, individuals, drug smugglers, or pirates. It was possible in the Chagos in the Indian Ocean until recently.
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I just found this video of Palmyra.... . What a beautiful place.
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Nature conservancy turned Palmyra in to a "filthy rich people only" place. You have to reserve well in advance and pay horrendous fees per day. Boycott the Nature conservancy. They are no friends to cruisers.
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The Nature Conservancy's Palmyra Atoll website:

The Nature Conservancy in Palmyra Atoll - Palmyra Atoll nature - Palmyra Atoll conservation - Palmyra Atoll environment - Palmyra photos
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Nature conservancy turned Palmyra in to a "filthy rich people only" place. You have to reserve well in advance and pay horrendous fees per day. Boycott the Nature conservancy. They are no friends to cruisers.
Louis,
I find your post irrelevant and inflammatory.

If the Nature Conservatory has control of the island, and has stipulated the "cruising permit" fees. Then don't go if you don't want to pay the fee. I like the idea of the user fee to preserve a sanctuary. be glad they allow visitors in the first place.
What if Ecuador didn't allow visitors on Galapagos?
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