Pitcairn Island's Bounty of Beauty
Pitcairn Island is the most remote inhabited island in the world, perched in the South Pacific Ocean halfway between Panama and New Zealand.
The First Settlers
The island was first settled by Polynesians and then again in 1790 by mutineers of the HMS Bounty and their Tahitian captives.
Today, Pitcairn Island is home to the descendants of the Bounty mutineers and their captives, Tahitian men and women.
Meralda Warren, a 7th generation descendant of the Bounty mutineers, works with her bee hives.
The One-Town Island
Adamstown, seen here from Ships Landing, is the island’s only village.
Charlene and Cushana Warren, descendants of the mutineers, sit outside the post office in Adamstown.
Queen of Pitcairn
Six-year-old Cushana feeds her goat. She is the youngest of the island’s 48 residents.
A New Zealand freighter, Claymore II, delivers food, medicine, and generator fuel to the island four times a year.
Loading the Longboat
A longboat is loaded to take supplies and passengers to a nearby freighter.
Longboats are used to transport people and goods between the island and passing ships.
When the water is calm, St. Paul’s tidal pool is good for swimming and fishing.
Andrew Fletcher is a seventh-generation descendant of the mutineers.
Meralda stands with Mrs. T, a Galapagos tortoise that was marooned on the island more than 50 years ago.
A banyan tree grows beside a road near Adamstown.
A woman drives an ATV down one of the island’s dirt roads. There are no cars on the island.
A portrait of Queen Elizabeth hangs in the community hall. Pitcairn is considered an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom.
Fresh peaches sit in a wooden bowl carved by Jacob Warren, a sixth generation descendant of the mutineers.
The anchor of the HMS Bounty is on display in the public square.
Adamstown can be seen from the road to Highest Point, the island’s 1,100-foot peak.
Pitcairn at Night
Moonlight streams through the clouds over Bounty Bay.