All tourist facilities on Midway Islands are managed by the US Fish & Wildlife Service, which issues permits only to organized groups. As of 2015, Midway was temporarily closed to visitors due to federal funding cutbacks. Check the website to see if it has since reopened and for a list of approved tour operators, then book your trip as far in advance as possible (normally at least a year).

If you can't make the trip in person, you can virtually visit Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument and Midway Atoll's Sand Island online (; drop by Hilo's Mokupapapa Discovery Center on the Big Island; or read Pamela Frierson's riveting first-hand reports in The Last Atoll: Exploring Hawaiʻi's Endangered Ecosystems.