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Pitcairn Islands Guide

Introduction to Pitcairn

Legendary Pitcairn, last refuge of HMS Bounty's mutinous crew, is the remotest populated place in the South Pacific.

This tiny colony, founded in 1790 by nine fugitive Englishmen and 19 Polynesians, is presently more than 200 years old.

It's one of the ironies of history that Pitcairn, born out of treason to the British crown, was the first Pacific island to become a British colony (in 1838) and remains today the last remnant of that empire in the Pacific.

Pitcairn Islands Map
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Fast Facts

Where

The four Pitcairn Islands are between Tahiti and Easter Island, 490 km southeast of Mangareva Island.

When

Pitcairn is an hour ahead of Mangareva Island (GMT minus 8 hours).

Why

Intriguing Anglo-Tahitian history, the most remote Pacific territory.

How

All access is by sea, with tours from Mangareva and occasional cruise ship visits.

Who

Well under a hundred people live on Pitcairn, including temporary contract workers.

Highlights

Adamstown, Pitcairn:
only settlement, historic relics

Bounty Bay, Pitcairn:
where the Bounty was burned

Christian's Cave, Pitcairn:
where Fletcher Christian ended his life

Henderson Island:
UNESCO World Heritage Site

Oeno Atoll:
remote coral island with a lagoon