Pacific Expeditions to Visit the Remote Pitcairn Islands
Released on = November 8, 2005, 9:46 am
Press Release Author = Dr. Graham Wragg
Industry = Transportation & Logistics
Press Release Summary = On June 20, 2006, the Research Vessel Bounty Bay will sail
from French Polynesia to Pitcairn Island, one of the most inaccessible places on
earth. Only 10 paying passengers will be accepted on this unique two-week
Press Release Body = Rarotonga, Cook Islands (EPR Network) November 8, 2005 - On
June 20, 2006, the Research Vessel Bounty Bay will sail from French Polynesia to
Pitcairn Island, one of the most inaccessible places on earth. Only 10 paying
passengers will be accepted on this unique two-week expedition.
Since 1790, when Fletcher Christian and his fellow mutineers landed at Bounty Bay
after overthrowing the tyrannical Captain Bligh, remote Pitcairn Island has fired
imaginations. No airstrip has ever been built on Pitcairn, so the only way to get
there is still by boat. Cruise ships call occasionally for a couple of hours, but
overnight stays are extremely rare.
The 50 inhabitants of Pitcairn Island are direct descendants of the Bounty mutineers
and their Tahitian wives. The four islands of the Pitcairn Islands group became a
British colony in 1838, the first of its kind in the South Pacific and the only
British possession left in the Pacific.
To join this expedition, participants must fly from Tahiti to Mangareva Island in
the southeast corner of French Polynesia on an Air Tahiti flight. The sea journey to
Pitcairn Island aboard the R/V Bounty Bay will take two days. Upon arrival,
expedition members will be transferred ashore to accommodations in local homes
(there are no hotels on Pitcairn). Several days will be spent getting to know the
Pitcairners and exploring the island.
The group will then set sail again for uninhabited Henderson Island, a Pitcairn
Islands dependency and World Heritage Site. From their campsite ashore, the
expeditionaries will have ample time to birdwatch, snorkel, and scuba dive in an
untouched location far from the world. After that, the Bounty Bay will cruise back
to Pitcairn Island to drop off the local guides and prepare for the return to
According to expedition leader Dr. Graham Wragg, "The stay on Henderson will give
you a chance to see the Henderson Dove, Henderson Rail, Henderson Parrot, Henderson
Warbler, and Henderson Petrel, plus a myriad of other indigenous plants and animals.
Henderson has excellent snorkeling and diving, and some of the most beautiful virgin
beaches in the world."
The basic cost of sharing this unique experience is US$2,500 per person from
Mangareva, including all meals aboard ship and on Henderson. Paying guests
contribute US$40 per night to their host families on Pitcairn for room and board. A
US$25 Pitcairn Island landing fee is additional, and the flights to and from Tahiti
and Mangareva must be booked separately through a travel agent. Only 10 passengers
will be accepted. Anyone looking for a Survivor-type "reality TV" experience will
find this the real thing.
General information about Pitcairn is available at
http://www.southpacific.org/faq/pit.html while maps of the Pitcairn Islands are on
For tour details and booking information, visit http://www.pacific-expeditions.com
About Pacific Expeditions Limited
Pacific Expeditions is a Rarotonga-based charter and research company which has been
running expeditions to the remotest corners of the Pacific since 1989. The operators
are dedicated conservationists and mariners eager to share their knowledge. The
expedition boat, the R/V Bounty Bay, is a 40-ton steel catamaran fully equipped for
scuba diving. Aside from the annual Pitcairn Island expeditions, Pacific Expeditions
operates regular trips to Suwarrow National Park and the Takutea Island Wildlife
Sanctuary in the Cook Islands.
Web Site = http://www.pacific-expeditions.com
Contact Details = Dr. Graham Wragg
Pacific Expeditions Ltd
P.O. Box 3063
Mobile Phone (682) 52-400
Phone/Fax (682) 23-513
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