Plans are coming together for a visit to Nikumaroro in 2015 sponsored by Betchart Expeditions -- see http://www.betchartexpeditions.com/aus-nz_amelia_earhart.htm. The ship will accommodate about 130 passengers; this is an unusual (at best) opportunity to visit the island and take part in TIGHAR's research at a fairly affordable price. Ric Gillespie and I are scheduled to be among the TIGHAR leaders, and we're busily planning the visit.
This trip is not to be confused with the deep-water search of the Nutirain reef slope with manned submersables, being planned for later this year. TIGHAR will be releasing information on that expedition in the near future.