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anyone been to canton island or know about it?

some of you might know that i've been planning an eventual trip somewhere far far away, i came across canton island. Just curious if anyone has been there, know where i can get good info on it, and what the current population, if any is. Just looks like a great place to go and explore!

It also has a channel dug into the lagoon, anyone know if thsi is still usable and if it is safe to dock on the north east pier that you can see on google earth?
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Have you read the wikipedia entry?
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of course, wikipedia's list of deserted islands is exactly where i found it.
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According to Noonsite Canton is accessible but the problem is that you have to enter through Betio which is some 1800nm away and you are working against the prevailing winds in getting back to Canton. Apparently however the officials can be a bit easy going and may well ignore the rules provided you have a valid Kiribati visa.
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any idea of the current state fo structures and the population. I have been reading a bit and I am thinking if it is now deserted, it might make a great final stop for a long trip at see. Sounds like a dream to be able to explore a ghost town on a deserted island
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any idea of the current state fo structures and the population. I have been reading a bit and I am thinking if it is now deserted, it might make a great final stop for a long trip at see. Sounds like a dream to be able to explore a ghost town on a deserted island
I don't believe it is unpopulated but the last population figure I could find was less than fifty and dropping. On the other hand there are a number of unpopulated atolls in the Kiribati (Gilbert) group although I don't know about lagoon entrance possibilities.
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it might make a great final stop for a long trip at see.
You plan on dieing there?
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You plan on dieing there?

depends how quiet it is.
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While sailing in the SP a number of years ago a few boats headed to Canton for the hurricane season. We headed to Majuro via Kirabati clearing into/ out of Betio. There was a small village of people that live on Canton but no supplies. The supply ship only comes in every few months.

We thought very seriously about stopping there but decided against it since there were no provisions available nor fresh water. Water was collected by the locals from rain and at times could get very scarce. At the time we did not have a water maker and were concerned.

Friends that did stay there found it exceptional and were involved right into local activities. They also mentioned a US Coast Guard ship stopped there while they were there and were able to have them carry mail out for them. I belive Canton use to be an old seaplane base for Pan American when they us to fly to NZ. Fishing was reported to be awesome.

Do not know about the clearance procedures for Kiribati but would imagine it would be pretty slack on this remote atoll.

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