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.
Last updated: Mar 2, 2009
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