Pacific Expedition to Pitcairn Island

Pitcairn Island Boat ShedA notable event will take place on June 20, 2006, as the Research Vessel Bounty Bay sets sail from Mangareva Island in French Polynesia for lonely Pitcairn Island. There's no airport on Pitcairn, and access from the "outside world" is extremely difficult. Cruise ships call occasionally and passengers get a couple of hours ashore, weather permitting. But overnight stays on Pitcairn are extremely rare.

The Bounty Bay expedition is open to 10 paying passengers who will spend two weeks exploring Pitcairn and Henderson islands. And at US$2,500 per person including all meals aboard ship and on Henderson, it's a bargain. Of course, you'll still have to get to Tahiti and then fork over another US$1,000 plus to fly roundtrip to Mangareva. While on Pitcairn Island itself, you'll pay US$40 a day for room and board with a host family.

But friends, a trip like this only happens once or twice a year, and if you're a "collector of countries" or someone who has seen the Mutiny on the Bounty films and is intrigued, you better get your booking in right away. The RV Bounty Bay is usually based at Rarotonga, Cook Islands, and the same company operates other interesting tours to Suwarrow Atoll and the like. To learn more, visit their website at

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