Pitcairn Opens Up
PITCAIRN Island is so remote that more people climb to Mount Everest than visit the isolated island each year. But with up to three sailings now available every few months, Pitcairn is becoming easier to access.
South Pacific specialist Omniche Holidays has released a 16-night package that combines Tahiti with a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to Pitcairn Island.
Priced from $9195 per person twin share, it includes two nights in Tahiti, four nights’ sailing aboard Pitcairn’s supply ship MV Claymore II and 10 nights in home stay accommodation on Pitcairn. All meals
Located halfway between New Zealand and Peru, with a lush and fertile climate, Pitcairn has a colourful history.
In 1789 Fletcher Christian led a mutiny on the English vessel, HMAV Bounty and, several months later, together with eight fellow mutineers and 19 Polynesians, sailed the ship to Pitcairn Island.
By 1808, when the tiny colony was rediscovered, all but one of the mutineers and all the Polynesian men had died. The surviving mutineer, John Adams, 11 Polynesian women and 25 children remained. Today, almost all of the 60 or so inhabitants of Pitcairn are direct descendants of the Bounty mutineers and their Polynesian consorts.