Palmyra Atoll, called also the ‘Rainforest of the sea’, was made a marine monument last month by ex-President Bush. It is part of the last coral atoll ecosystem humanity haven’t damaged yet, so you can imagine the sight is breathtaking.
But Palmyra Atoll gained her popularity for something that happened 30 years ago. Then a couple ready for their dream vacation came to Palmyra Atoll with an yacht filled with supplies for a whole year. When they came there they were killed by a man that was isolated. Duane (“Buck”) Walker was found guilty and was convicted to 22 years. The story was covered by Vincent Bugliosi in the book “And the Sea Will Tell”.
For now, Palmyra Atoll is opened mainly to scientists and researchers, but the potential is huge and in the future it might open to tourists as well.
Palmyra Atoll is totally uninhabitated. For statistic and defense purposes, it stays under U.S. jurisdiction. During the World War II it was a military base, and you still can see there some roads and installations, but all are out of work now.
Palmyra Atoll lies in the Pacific Ocean in a meeting place of northern and southern currents, so that its beaches are covered with wastes and debris. Coming on the Palmyra Atoll is a Robinson Crusoe adventure, nevertheless you can find showers and scuba equipment, and ocasionaly some scientists.You will find no hotels, and you travel insurance is totally useless. Practically, there are no residents there, only some crazy tourists like you and me living for many years. Palmyra Atoll is a world of its own, a world to discover.
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