Birds and War on Wake Island
Wake Island is a beautiful coral atoll located in the western Pacific Ocean, about 3000 km southeast of Tokyo. It is an unincorporated territory of the United States, but the U.S. Air Force regulates access to the island. You can enjoy a lot of interesting activities on Wake Island. So, let’s take a look at some of them.
Attend The 98 Rock
The 98 Rock is a monument worth visiting in memory of 98 American POWs. These prisoners were forced to recreate the airstrip by the Japanese invaders, and then they were killed in 1943. One of the prisoners escaped and scratched “98 US PW 5-10-43” on a huge coral rock on Wilkes Island. This large stone still has the original inscription. Here you can also find a bronze plaque with the names of the victims.
The Japanese are quite active in traveling the Pacific islands. Read about it in our article about Palau.
Explore beaches and lagoons
You should stroll along the picturesque beaches and admire the charming tropical beauty of the lagoons. The clear blue water will convince you that you are in paradise. The corals that await you underwater will complement the amazing beauty of the island.
Discover the Japanese fortifications
You can also find the remains of Japanese fortifications and bunkers dating back to World War II while exploring Wake Island. The trip can be not only entertaining but also educational if you love history.
Watch the birds
Wake Island is the right choice if you like to watch different kinds of birds. Many beautiful birds flying in the sky create the impression that they are the masters of the island. Albatross, tern, snipe, some of the railbirds, coastal birds, boobies, petrels, and tropical birds can be seen in one day. Birdwatchers and other bird lovers will be impressed.