Navassa Island NWR is closed to the public. Access is extremely hazardous and there are no beaches on Navassa since island rises abruptly from the sea with cliffs reaching heights of 20 meters or more. Thus, no visitor services are provided. However, staff does maintain a website for the refuge as well as provide off-refuge educational services as part of the Caribbean Islands NWR Complex based out of Cabo Rojo NWR in Puerto Rico.
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Established in 1999, Navassa Island National Wildlife Refuge is an uninhabited, 5 km² island in the Caribbean Sea between Haiti and Jamaica.
Prior to becoming a , two expeditions of USGS scientists conducted an inventory of natural resources of the island. Findings from the expeditions uncovered more than 600 terrestrial species which contributed to the instrumental in the decision in 1999 to make Navassa a National Wildlife Refuge.
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.