17.03.2009 - 19.03.2009 28 °C
Well, after a long trip on the Bounty Bay (aka Bouncy Bay), I finally managed to go on land early in the morning of Tuesday the 17th of March. Solid ground just feels so good after a rough trip at sea and finally reaching my goal of setting food on Pitcairn Island, after dreaming to here for at least 15 years, made me feel a very happy but also lucky guy.
So, before I tell you something about the everyday life here on Pitcairn (or at least how I experienced things), it is time for me to teach you some geography lessons. The reason why is that I was actually quite surprised that a lot of people back home who travel themselves didn't even know where Pitcairn was located and they never heard of the name and not even about the mutiny on the Bounty back in 1789. Well, I can't blame them of course, maybe it is just me and my strange destinations I want to travel to.
The Pitcairn Islands are located in the southern parts of the Pacific, in between French Polynesia and Easter Island (Chile). Apart from the main island, Pitcairn, there are (from east to west) Ducie Island, Henderson Island (both of which I am not going to visit unfortunately, because of all sorts of problems on that bloody Bounty Bay) and Oeno Atoll (which I did visit, fantastic place). But for me the main reason was to visit Pitcairn Island itself, to see how people live, how they are, what they do etc. etc. Pitcairn is just about 4,5 square kilometers big, but it feels bigger, as there are quite some places to go around the island, and it's rather hilly almost anywhere. Also, there is a more extensive road system than I expected, most of them gravel (a kilometer or so is concrete, from the wharf to the public square) and by a quad bike you can go everywhere, which I did yesterday. Some names of places to visit with beautiful names: Ted Side, Blowing Hole, Highest Point (which indeed is the highest point at around 337 meters above the sea), Down Rope (there is no rope though, to watch out to go down that cliff towards the only beach on the island), St. Paul's (natural pool over there, again watch out, this time for the waves), Ship Landing Point and The Edge. Lots of other places to visit include a bounty anchor, a bounty canon, John Adams grave (the last surviving mutineer of the Bounty) and the museum with some excellent stuff over there, including stamps and more Bounty stuff of course.