Unsupported Country Details United States Minor Outlying Islands
The United States Minor Outlying Islands consist of Baker Island, Howland Island, Jarvis Island, Johnston Atoll, Kingman Reef, Midway Atoll, Palmyra Atoll, and Wake Island. There is also one in the Caribbean Sea, and it is called Navassa Island. Not many people have heard about the United States Minor Outlying Islands, and very few people go there. Why? Because although the islands have been grouped as such since the 60s, there have never been any permanent residents in the United States Minor Outlying Islands.
As mentioned before, there is basically no tourism to the United States Minor Outlying Islands. The reason is quite simple. There is not much to see. There is some wildlife, but the fauna is mostly missing. That is why it is important to know a few things if you decide that you want to still check out the United States Minor Outlying Islands.
First of all, you may be wondering about the visa requirements. In reality, the situation is entirely different. Why is that? Because access to the United States Minor Outlying Islands is restricted. The majority of the islands are closed off, and if you still want to access one of them, you need special permission. The permission, if granted, is issued by the US Army or the US Fish and Wildlife Service (for Baker Island, for example). Plus, if you are a simple tourist, you may not get permission at all since the permits are typically granted to scientists and educators. Other than that, the islands are not open to the general public. In most cases.
When it comes to getting on the islands, most of them are not accessible by plane. The Baker Island has an old World War II runway, but since it is entirely covered in vegetation, it is unusable. Some of the islands have places where a boat can reach the shore, but that is limited as well. But then again, a boat is the only option. Unless you have a private helicopter that can land anywhere, in which case you may gain access by air.
Getting around is not even a topic when it comes to the United States Minor Outlying Islands. You can only travel by foot in any direction you may want. There is nobody on those islands, so roads are redundant. Plus there is nobody to use them most of the times, so what is the point? However, all islands in the United States Minor Outlying Islands are small when it comes to surface area, so a vehicle of some kind is not necessary.
When it comes to economic activity, there is none on the United States Minor Outlying Islands. As mentioned above, there is nobody there to sustain an economy. No inhabitants mean no anything, which is why money will not do you any services while on one of the islands.
As for food and drinks, as you may have already guessed, there is none. Everything you need must be brought with you. Even water. There is no source of drinkable water on almost all islands, which is why the water you need must be in your backpack when you arrive.
The islands do not even have a landscape. Everything looks barren. There is almost no vegetation, but a few birds may find their place here and there. It is not even worth speaking about fauna since there is none. We cannot talk about an ecosystem.
Looking at all the information above, it may make you wonder why even bother to take the trip to the United States Minor Outlying Islands. The reasons are very few. Some people go there for research purposes, while others find enough beauty to photograph. No matter the reason, you will not find these islands interesting, but if you have a particular purpose, you may be able to get something out of your trip.
The bottom line is that the United States Minor Outlying Islands are deserted places where almost nobody ever goes. The reasons are quite obvious. But if you do decide to go, further research may be required. However, you will not find anything of note. It is tricky to provide information about something that is not worth writing about, isn’t it?