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Pitcairn (Adamstown), Pitcairn Islands

Pitcairn island is the only inhabited island of the four islands in the Pitcairn group. They are located in the remote South Pacific, farther from any continent than any other inhabited island. The islands are the last British colony in the South Pacific and most isolated British dependency. The rugged main island was settled by the infamous mutineers of the Bounty and their Polynesian companions, and most of Pitcairn’s mere four dozen current inhabitants are their descendants.

Adamstown is the capital and only settlement on the island. Attractions on the island include the remains of the Bounty in Bounty Bay, (Bounty’s anchor is on display in front of the Public Hall in the town square), the new museum in Adamstown, the grave of John Adams, Fletcher Christian’s cave and Down Rope a cliff on the southeast edge of the island.

Swimming off the shoreline of Pitcairn is considered unsafe, however swimming can be done at St. Paul’s Pool, a picturesque tidal pool nestled among the seaside rocks in eastern part of Pitcairn.

Things to See and Do

* Adamstown
* Fletcher Christian’s Cave
* Bounty Bay
* St Paul’s Pool
* Down Rope – cliff

Cruise Season – Jan – Dec
Currency – New Zealand dollar (NZD)
Language – English, Pitkern
Land Area – 47 km²
Population – 48
Electricity – 2 angled flat pins and 1 round pin centred below Australian style
Time – GMT minus 8 hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 872

Port Location – There is no safe harbor for medium-sized or larger vessels; visitors access the island itself by small longboats launched from Bounty Bay (which is scarcely large enough to be called a “bay”) to meet up with ships anchored off-shore.

Transport Links – Pitcairn Island does not have an airport or seaport; the islanders rely on longboats to ferry people and goods between ship and shore through Bounty Bay. There is one boat every several months. Alternatively, passage can be obtained aboard a few freighters out of New Zealand; it is a seven-day trip via freighter.

The nearest airport is on Mangareva in the Gambier Islands, 330 miles away. To get to Pitcairn it is necessary to fly to Tahiti, then Mangareva, then embark on a further 30-hour boat ride.

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