Scenic Cruising Pitcairn Island
Pitcairn is the only inhabited island in a group of four remote, volcanic islands that outlie the Tuamotu Group in French Polynesia. The island is famous as the final home of the mutinous crew of the HMS Bounty in 1790. The mutineers, along with a number of Tahitian consorts, landed on the uninhabited island and set fire to the ship, which remains submerged in the offshore waters. The population of Pitcairn today are all descendants of the original group. Landing on the island is a hit-or-miss proposition, totally dependent on the sea conditions allowing safe transport by tenders from the ship to Bounty Bay landing. If landing is deemed unsafe, a group of islanders will frequently come aboard with handicrafts to sell and stories to share. If landing is possible, visitors are welcomed warmly and invited to explore the tiny community and discover the life of this extended family isolated from the outside world for centuries.