Introducing Pitcairn Island
You've probably heard of Pitcairn for all the wrong reasons. Until a few years ago, this tiny island group in the middle of the Pacific Ocean lived off its reputation as the idyllic hideaway settlement for the Bounty mutineers, but then came the child sex trial which changed Pitcairn Island forever.
Beautifully green and lush, with a population you could easily seat in a school bus, Pitcairn is one of the last remnants of the British Empire. It's also one of the most remote places on earth, lying halfway between New Zealand (NZ) and Peru. The nearest inhabited island is Mangareva in French Polynesia, a 30-hour boat trip away.
The Pitcairn group includes two low-lying atolls, Oeno and Ducie, and the World Heritage-listed Henderson Island - a makatea (raised coral island) with a virtually untouched environment and endemic birdlife.
Remote South Pacific islands you can visit (without a sailboat)
Have you ever wanted to get way, way - and perhaps even one extra 'way' - off the beaten path? The vast Pacific ocean presents no shortage of opportunities for those seeking isolation. If you don't know your aft from your starboard, these five island nations are about as far as you can go - no sailboat required.
South Pacific phrasebook
OK, so you can get around on lots of the Pacific islands with just English or French, but pack a little of the local languages and you'll be able to go beyond the 'one umbrella or two?'. Covers Fijian, Hawaiian, Maori, Samoan, Tahitian, Tongan and more
Pitcairn Island destination guides
How to choose a South Pacific island
The South Pacific confounds even the savviest map buffs with its splatter of dots spread across the world's biggest ocean. What you can't tell from a map, or even most tourist brochures is that these palm-laden pinpricks are as diverse as the region is vast.
Shaking hands with pirates – Visiting Pitcairn Island
In 2009 Lonely Planet sent South Pacific author Celeste Brash to remote Pitcairn Island, the first guidebook author to visit since Tony Wheeler’s trip 10 years earlier. Click on the video to the left to watch Celeste's journey as it happened.