Follow in the footsteps of the bounty Muntineers
Papeete | Anaa | Amanu | Mangareva | Pitcairn | Aukena | Hikueru
Departures: 10 Spetember & 22 October
Papeete Return - 12 Days/ 11 Nights
Price on application
From 10 to 21 September 2022 and from 22 October to 2 November 2022, Aranui 5 will offer two cruises to Pitcairn, via the Tuamotu and Gambier archipelago. Pitcairn is so isolated that it is only accessible by sea. It is a journey to the “end of the world” to meet the 50 or so inhabitants who are the descendants of the Mutineers of the Bounty. It is an exceptional tale and a unique journey.
Located in the dazzling blue Pacific waters between Tahiti and Easter Island, the tiny, remote island of Pitcairn is thousands of kilometres from the nearest continent and so isolated that it is only accessible by sea.
It all started in 1767. Two Englishmen called Wallis and Carteret were commissioned by the Admiralty to ‘discover’ the southern continent in the vast Pacific Ocean and became the first Europeans to reach the island of Tahiti. Later the same year, as they rounded Cape Horn, a storm separated Wallis’ ship, ‘the Dolphin’, from commander Philip Carteret’s ship, the Swallow. As the ‘Swallow’ headed north, on July 2nd, 1767, seaman Robert Pitcairn spotted a high island. But the swell was too strong, the sky too dark, and the English ship couldn’t get close. Even the position Carteret recorded for the island wasn’t accurate. The name of its “discoverer”, Pitcairn, was nevertheless given to the island, as tradition required. 20 years went by before it gained lasting notoriety in the story of the mutineers of the Bounty.
With all the capabilities of a freighter, the Aranui 5 offers a new, elegant and comfortable way to visit the island. Located on the smallest British territory, Pitcairn has a population of just 50 people. These are the descendants of the first European settlers on Pitcairn, the mutineers of HMS Bounty and their Polynesian companions. Visitors to this isolated island at the edge of the world can mingle with these local families and discover the culture and history of the island as it is lived today.
If you are looking for an adventure that gives meaning to the expression “off the beaten path”, this is the faraway paradise you might be seeking.
- Experience the rich culture and traditions of Hikueru as it is home to the first pearl farm
- Listen to island history and legends from the local inhabitants of Pitcairn
- Hike up mountains
- Wade in crystal clear lagoons of Anaa, ideals for fly fishing and swimming
- Enjoy a barbeque on a white sand beach