Fodor's Expert Review St. Paul Island
The largest of the Pribilof Islands at 40 square miles, St. Paul Island is home to the greatest concentration of northern fur seals in the world—500,000 of them—and more than 180 varieties of birds. Certainly it's hard to reach, but it's also a guaranteed treat for adventuresome naturalists. About 500 descendants of Aleut-Russians live in St. Paul year-round, and the community has many elements of Aleut culture, along with the SS. Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox church built in 1907. The local museum provides details on how the U.S. government once controlled seal hunting on the island.