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So while Null Island is one of the most 'visited' places on Earth, the island itself doesn't exist - it's a geocoded point added to the Natural Earth map, among others, to indicate the latitude/longitude location of (0,0).

That said, the location itself is very real, and there's something there to see - Station 13010 - Soul is a buoy moored at the exact (0,0) coordinates.

I've looked this location up over the years, and not being that close to land (Accra, Ghana isn't too far away, but isn't close enough), if I was able to visit it (like visiting the poles, but on water), I'd have to rely on transportation other than myself, I suspect.

I don't believe any flights go directly over it, or at least you couldn't rely on it, so I'm wondering if there are any organised boating tours / cruises that visit this point, for the novel moment of crossing (0,0)? Or helicopters, perhaps? Basically, are there any ways to get to this location on the earth?

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    Visiting the location by boat means you've been to 0,0,0. – JonathanReez May 10 '16 at 12:01
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    @JonathanReez that's the dream, man, that's the dream ;) – Mark Mayo May 10 '16 at 12:03
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    I hear the best time for a good view is 00:00-00. Endless nothing in all directions. – user568458 May 10 '16 at 13:16
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    Is there a sign hanging from the buoy? The curious case of a NullPointer that does exist :) – Juha Untinen May 10 '16 at 13:27
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    Google Maps shows it as an island, and one company - Social Media Training. Interesting! – Canadian Luke May 10 '16 at 18:06
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The fascinating Confluence Project records four visits to (0,0).

  1. Visit #1 was by a US Coast Guard vessel that happened to be sailing past, and they took a (bad) photo of the buoy too.
  2. Visit #2 is not listed. Mysterious...
  3. Visit #3 was by a group of artists (!), who sailed from Hamburg, Germany to Tema, Ghana on a cargo ship. There they chartered a boat and sailed almost two days non-stop to get nearby, finally taking a small zodiac (rubber dinghy) to the exact spot. This is the only remotely practical option for the average tourist, and also the first and only visit that fully met the Confluence Project's exacting rules -- but no sign of the buoy!?
  4. Visit #4 was on a research ship sailing from Angola to Europe.
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    This is the first I'm hearing about this project, and I want in! – Mark Mayo May 10 '16 at 12:14
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    when are you free? Travel.SE adventure! ;) – Mark Mayo May 10 '16 at 12:48
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    @fcalderan I'm guessing there have been a lot more than 4 visits. Before the U.S. Coast Guard took a picture of the buoy, I'm guessing someone actually set up the buoy. :) – reirab May 10 '16 at 14:39
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    Fascinating. You could visit an incredible number of these at once near the poles! :) – Fattie May 10 '16 at 15:01
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    @reirab That mysterious visit #2 was a government project to go back in time and place the buoy before visit #1 caused a time paradox that destroyed the universe. – Kevin May 10 '16 at 19:12

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