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Where pristine landscapes meet rich history, Pitcairn Island sits like a secluded gem nested in the vastness of the Pacific Ocean just waiting to be discovered.

About Pitcairn Island

Pitcairn Island is a remote British Overseas Territory located in the South Pacific Ocean.

It is part of a group of four islands, collectively known as the Pitcairn Islands.

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Located halfway between New Zealand and Peru, Pitcairn Island can only be accessed by sea.

The capital of Pitcairn Islands is Adamstown, on Bounty Bay.

Pitcairn Islands Overview

Pitcairn Island is one of the most isolated islands in the world, with the nearest inhabited land being about 1,300 miles away.


Pitcairn is a British Overseas Territory, and its governance is the responsibility of the Governor of the Pitcairn Islands, who is also the Governor of the Falkland Islands.

The island has a mayor and a small Island Council.


The island faces challenges related to its isolation, including limited economic opportunities, difficulty in accessing goods and services, an aging population.

The sustainability of the community has been a concern, and efforts have been made to attract new residents.


The economy of Pitcairn is largely dependent on fishing and subsistence farming.

Tourism is also a potential source of income, with visitors attracted by the island's unique history and pristine natural environment.


Pitcairn island is famous for being the final home of the mutineers from the HMS Bounty, who, led by Fletcher Christian, settled on Pitcairn in 1790.

The mutiny occurred in 1789 when a group of sailors, led by Christian, rebelled against the harsh conditions and treatment on the ship.

The descendants of these mutineers, along with Tahitian women, make up the present population of Pitcairn.


The population of Pitcairn Island is made up of some fifty residents; primarily descendents from the mutineers of the HMS Bounty and their Tahitian companions.

Visiting Pitcairn Island

Visiting Pitcairn Island is a unique and challenging endeavour due to its remote location.

Before planning a visit, it's crucial to check for any updated travel restrictions, logistical changes, or new regulations, as circumstances can change.

Additionally, contacting the Pitcairn Island Tourism Coordinator or relevant authorities can provide the most current and accurate information while planning your trip.


There are limited accommodations on Pitcairn, mainly in the form of guesthouses or staying with local families.

It's essential to coordinate your stay in advance with the island's authorities.


While on Pitcairn, you can explore the island's natural beauty, including its rugged landscapes and historical sites related to the Bounty mutineers.

Fishing, hiking, and diving are among the activities available.

Health Precautions

Due to the limited medical facilities on the island, visitors should be in good health before visiting Pitcairn.

It's also recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical emergencies; just in case.


Pitcairn Island is one of the most isolated places on Earth.

It does not have an airstrip, so the primary means of reaching the island is by sea.


The MV Claymore II played a vital role in bringing supplies to Pitcairn from New Zealand several times a year.

With irregular travel schedules, the journey to Pitcairn would take several days.

Permission and Documentation

Before planning a visit to Pitcairn Island, you need to obtain permission from the Pitcairn Island Council.

Additionally, make sure you have all the necessary travel documents, including a valid passport.

Respect for Local Culture

Pitcairn has a small and close-knit community with a unique cultural heritage.

Visitors should be respectful of local customs and traditions.


Pitcairn has a tropical climate, and weather conditions can influence travel plans.

It's advisable to check weather forecasts and plan accordingly.

Sailing to The Pitcairn Islands

The Pitcairn Islands group is a British Overseas Territory; comprising the islands of Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno.

Only Pitcairn Island is inhabited; by descendants of the Bounty mutineers and their Tahitian companions.

For two months the Bounty Mutineers combed the Cooks, Tonga and the eastern islands of Fiji for a home; and it was almost in desperation that Christian, recalling or stumbling on Carteret's account, sailed eastwards again for Pitcairn, which he reached on 15th January, 1790.

Pitcairn Islands Tourism

Secluded from mainstream tourism, the Pitcairn Islands are a must see for adventurous travellers seeking truly remote horizons.

Your visit to these legendary islands will grant you experiences few others have witnessed.

Visitors planning to land and stay in the Islands must first obtain a licence to land and reside there, from the office of the Commissioner for Pitcairn Island. Licences, for which a fee is payable, are valid for six months but may be renewed for further similar periods by the Governor.

There is no need for prior entry clearance if your visit is for 14 days or less and you intend to arrive and depart on the same vessel, and you may obtain leave to enter on arrival at Pitcairn.

Cruise Ships Visiting Pitcairn Island

Cruise Ships only stop at Pitcairn for a few hours.

Landing on Pitcairn is dependent on the sea conditions and at the discretion of the ship's captain.

MV Silver Supporter

The MV Silver Supporter is the Government of Pitcairn Islands' chartered freighter, departing Mangareva, French Polynesia on Tuesdays and arriving in Pitcairn on Thursday; for a four-day stay.

The return sailing is on Sunday and arrives back in Mangareva on Tuesday.

Where to Stay on Pitcairn

Pitcairn Island's accommodation providers always go that extra mile to make sure your stay on one of the most remote islands in the world is unforgettable.

Bounty Mutiny and Pitcairn Island

What has helped to perpetuate the romantic fascination with the Mutiny on the Bounty is the existence of a small community on Pitcairn Island directly descended from the mutineers and their Tahitian wives.

Pitcairn Stamps

Pitcairn Island's first postage stamps were issued on 15 October 1940, and issues have been sought after by philatelists, investors or those seeking a fascinating hobby, ever since.

Sailing to Pitcairn

Currently an average of only twenty-five yachts visit Pitcairn in any one year.

If you are blessed by good weather nearly everyone wants to stay longer than planned.

Most people sail to Pitcairn Island, westbound from the Galapagos, Easter Island or South America.

Trip To The Pitcairn Islands

It's extraordinarily hard to get to Pitcairn and even after travelling thousands of miles many travellers are forced to turn back a few hundred metres short of their goal, due to impossible conditions in Bounty Bay.

Map of Adamstown and Bounty Bay
Map of Adamstown and Bounty Bay.

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