Highlights

Join us on an exclusive expedition as we venture from Papetee to the Gambier Islands in Tahiti to Pitcairn and her islands; Oeno, Ducie and the UNESCO listed Henderson Island. Located in one of the world's most remote locations, it is a rare privilege for travellers to have the opportunity to explore these pristine yet remote islands and atolls.

Our expedition commences with 3 nights in Tahiti before cruising to Pitcairn where we spend 4 nights on Pitcairn Island with the descendants of the HMS Bounty before navigating between Pitcairn's secluded islands for the next 11 days. Whilst on Pitcairn Island, be consumed by a living history and dine with the entire country! Participate in a community fishing trip (weather dependent) and star gaze at midnight in the world's newest recognised International Dark Sky Sanctuary.

Protected by the world's third largest marine reserve and also home to one of the world's most pristine oceans, explore Ducie and Oeno, two rarely visited coral atolls for access to some of the planets most intact, natural reef systems. For those fascinated by the mechanism of natural selection or survival of the fittest, the UNESCO listed island of Henderson is for you. Home to endemic flora, fauna and evolution, Henderson Island has peaked scientists curiosity for years. Now a select group of travellers will have the rare privileged to spend time on its shores.

Flanked by the emerald and sapphire hues of Tahiti, this expedition is a life-altering voyage as you explore where only a handful have ventured before you - There is much to attract naturalists, historians, astronomers and those looking to visit four of the most remote islands in the world.

**Proposed itinerary to be used as a guide only. Please note: Shipping schedules and itinerary are subject to change at any time for weather and operational requirements**

Day 1 - Arrival Tahiti

Ia Orana! Welcome to Tahiti! On arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your Tahitian guesthouse. Follow the coastal road as you wind your way to the far corner of Tahiti’s main island to the lesser known side. Steer clear of the honeymooners and tourists, as you reach what feels like another world, away from the hustle and bustle of Papeete.

At the end of the world, about 1h30 from the airport, lies the village of Teahupo’o, made famous by its legendary wave which annually brings together the world’s best surfers. Here nothing has changed. This is the Polynesia of Yesterday and Today! Cliffs, lush hills, forests, black sand beaches and caves, along with dolphins and whales in season. The Vanira Lodge invites you to discover all these treasures in the comfort of its all-nature bungalows.

Overnight in Vanira Lodge or similar

Day 2 - Discover Teahupoo

Depart from your lodge this morning towards the peninsula of Tahiti, a real world apart, the change of scenery is guaranteed! Discover the different landscapes and colours of the lagoon on the way to Tahiti Iti. Arrive at the marina of Teahupoo, where you will be welcomed with a cocktail before setting off.

Enjoy exploring some of the more unique and remote locations of Tahiti Iti: Vaipoiri river and cave walking through a Tahitian chestnut trees forest. Swim in refreshing waterfalls, visit the Te Pari impressive cliffs, partake in snorkelling and swimming at the sandbank.

Returning to the marina, you will have time for lunch at your leisure (not included). Why not take the opportunity to enjoy some of the freshest seafood available before returning to your hotel. (B)

Overnight in Vanira Lodge or similar

**Please note: All guests must be confident swimmers to participate in water activities**

Day 3 - Tahiti

Today is yours at leisure. There are many spectacular hiking trails nearby catering to all levels of fitness. Our team will happily assist you to find the best options. (B)

Overnight in Vanira Lodge or similar

Day 4 - Fly to Mangareva, Cruise to Pitcarin

An early start this morning as you head back to Papeete for your Air Tahiti flight to Mangareva in the Gambier Islands. On arrival, you will be met before transferring for 35mins by ferry to Rikitea village. Here you will be met at the wharf by the ship’s crew and transferred to the ship. You will need XPF1000 cash to pay for the taxi ferry trip from Totegegie Airport to Rikitea village (per person each-way) – this is not included in the tour price and can only be paid in correct cash.

Your passports will be collected for clearance prior to boarding. You will then be transferred to the MV Silver Supporter, which will be anchored in the lagoon, taking the ship’s tender over to the boat. You will be advised of the sailing time by the ship’s crew on arrival. Sea and weather conditions allowing, you may have an hour or so to wander around the village before departure. You will spend the next two nights on board and arrive at Pitcairn around dawn on the Thursday morning. The ship will depart Mangareva for Pitcairn around 4.30 – 5pm. (D)

**Please note: You will board the MV Silver Supporter (via the tender) being winched aboard, or climbing the ship’s Jacobs Ladder**

Overnight MV Silver Supporter

Day 5 - At Sea

The journey from Mangareva to Pitcairn is approx. 32 hours. Whilst the Silver Supporter is a working freighter not a luxury cruise ship, all rooms do offer a private ensuite and separate office/lounge area.

For your meals, you will be able to mingle with your fellow travellers in the buffet dining room, and there is a comfortable lounge area for socialising and relaxing. The ship is BYO, alcohol can be purchased in Tahiti, Mangareva and Pitcairn Island – standard duty free limits apply.

Enjoy your time at sea! Why not keep your eyes peeled for whales? (B,L,D)

Overnight MV Silver Supporter

Day 6 - Arrival in Pitcairn

On arrival at Pitcairn, you will disembark via the ship’s Jacobs Ladder. You will be transferred from the ship to shore by the Pitcairn Island Longboat. Be welcomed at the landing by tourism department staff and introduced to your accommodation hosts, who will then transfer you to your homestay accommodation. Now the on-island adventure begins! The group will be split up amongst various local families for your homestay experience.

Pitcairn’s sheer cliffs and crystal waters will be the first things you notice. Transportation on the island is via quad bike, adding an extra element of fun! Get to know your home stay hosts as you settle into your accommodation.

Later this afternoon, you will set off to visit the local museum. The displays include a number of fascinating artefacts and items, some of which have been donated and loaned by people from all over the world.

Artefacts such as stone and traditional tools made by Polynesians prior to the arrival of the mutineers are on display. Other artefacts include relics salvaged from the wreck of the Bounty! There are also books and articles written about the mutiny, and Pitcairn Island history, that will keep readers occupied for hours! The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure.

This evening, join your fellow travellers at the Whale Tooth’s Inn for happy hour and join in the ‘Pitcairn Quiz’, a trivia night with the locals! Will you have a shot of tequila from a whale’s tooth? (B,L,D)

Overnight Pitcairn Island homestay

Day 7 - Pitcairn Island

Enjoy a full day tour of Pitcairn with your host family. Tinker through the curio market to hob-nob with the descendants of the Bounty mutineers. At the curio markets you can pick up unique wares made by locals including soaps, jewellery and models of the merchant vessel HMS Bounty and the island’s longboats. Admire traditional wood carvings and baskets, and try some local honey.

Pass by the Adamstown Adventist Church, which was constructed by a mission sent by Adventists, who converted almost all of the islands inhabitants.

Explore the islands best lookout sites and let your local host family show you their favourite places. Enjoy a guided walk to St Paul’s Pool, one of the islands natural swimming pools filled with turquoise water. Situated on the eastern side of the island, its pristine waters and inspiring cathedral like rock structures are at their best before early afternoon, when the sun is on the water showcasing its best hues. For those keen, you can scramble down the rocks through the lunar like landscape for a closer look at the possible marine life which may have been swept in and if the sea is calm, there may be a very small window for a quick dip. (B,L,D) 

Overnight Pitcairn Island homestay

Day 8 - Pitcairn Island

It’s time to explore on foot today. Enjoy a walk to the highest point on the island and take in the incredible views and volcanic scenery. Continue on to Christian’s Cave along an eco trail. This is where Fletcher Christian used to watch for passing ships and this area offers the best chance to immerse in Pitcairn’s unique flora and fauna. It’s an easy wander through huge overhanging rock formations, where it is said the mutineers made a fiery brew from the root of the ‘ti’ plant.

This afternoon, you will bid a temporary farewell to your host families as you depart from Pitcairn to Oeno. (B,L,D)

Overnight MV Silver Supporter

Day 9 - Oeno

This morning you will land at Oeno, a tiny island less than half a square kilometre in size! This stunning atoll is ringed by white sandy beaches which encompasses a turquoise lagoon punctuated with vegetation. Designated as an Important Bird Area by Birdlife International, the islet is home to a variety of seabirds including one of the largest colonies in the world of the Murphy’s Petrel. Sooty Terns and Brown Noddies are also fund here.

The island has been the tragic site of at least four separate shipwrecks as well as part of the eradication of rats which allowed the bird life to have a higher chance of survival – the stories here are unexpected, yet fascinating.

Enjoy the day on shore learning of the fascinating history and making the most of swimming and snorkelling in one of the most pristine locations on the planet.

Return to the Silver Supporter for Ducie Island. (B,L,D)

Overnight MV Silver Supporter

Day 10 - Ducie

Today you will land on Ducie Island, another coral atoll which is uninhabited, apart from around 500,000 nesting seabirds which live among the two plant species found on the islet, and the odd lizard. Only 6m above sea level, the island is reef fringed with very little soil. Ducie is best known for the 1881 wreckage of the ship Arcadia, which was run aground when the lookout mistook the island for a cloud due its pristine white beaches. If weather permits, you may be able to snorkel over the wreck and within the atolls lagoon.

For bird lovers, you may be able to sight Murphy’s Petrels, White Terns, Great Frigatebirds and Masked Boobies. (B,L,D)

Overnight MV Silver Supporter

Day 11 & 12 - At Sea

This morning, the Silver Supporter departs for Pitcairn Island. Enjoy the next two days at sea. (B,L,D)

Overnight MV Silver Supporter

Day 13 - Pitcairn Island

Arrive back on Pitcairn for a mandatory supply stop. Say hello to your homestay guests again as you have some time at leisure before embarking for your overnight journey to Henderson Island. (B,L,D)

Overnight MV Silver Supporter

Day 14 - Henderson Island

This morning you will land at Henderson Island, one the world’s least disturbed raised coral islands, it sits approx. 30m above sea level, and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988.

Home to 73 plant species, nine of which are endemic, and four unique land birds (fruit pigeon, a small parrot, warbler and flightless rail) found nowhere else in the world, this island is a vital haven for nesting seabirds. With the islands ecology virtually intact, despite an early Polynesian occupation, this uninhabited piece of land will give you a true sense of what it is like to be truly isolated. This remoteness has permitted an understanding for studying the dynamics of insular evolution and natural selection which has resulted in Henderson Islands primary attraction – its bird life – a dream come true for the scientists and conservationists who have been privy to study it.

As one of the last near-pristine limestone islands of significant size in the world, Henderson Island retains its exceptional natural beauty with its white sand beaches, limestone cliffs, and rich, almost undisturbed vegetation. With its vast numbers of breeding seabirds, the island is an outstanding example of a raised and forested oceanic coral atoll with its fundamental features intact.

Whilst on the island, participate in a seaside scavenge and learn about the South Pacific Gyre, a giant circular current which moves anti-clockwise like a conveyor belt across the ocean and the environmental impact countries 5000km away have on this tiny island.

Embark the ship and depart for Pitcairn Island. (B,L,D)

Overnight MV Silver Supporter

Day 15 - Pitcairn

Arrive at Pitcairn and transfer to your homestay. The remainder of your day is at leisure to enjoy time with your host family.

This evening, you will head to one of the highest points on the island for ‘Maka ki te Rangi’, (translating to ‘Eyes to the Sky’) night sky viewing.

Home to exceptionally stunning dark skies, free from all light pollution, the islands night sky will be presented to you by a trained islander who can educate you in the essentials of star-gazing and using telescopes and binoculars.

Pitcairn and her three islands have recently been named as the only Island group in the world to be a designated International Dark Sky Sanctuary, making it only the eighth sanctuary on earth.

This designation means everything in the world of night sky conservation and international astro-tourism. The declaration has strengthened Pitcairn’s commitment to protect one of the planet’s most remote and pristine multi-island environments for generations to come.  (B,L,D)

Overnight Pitcairn Island homestay

Day 16 & 17 - Depart Pitcairn/At Sea

Today it is time to bid a final farewell to Pitcairn. Enjoy a farewell lunch with very likely the entire population of the island! Depart for Mangareva.

The following day is at sea. (B,L,D)

2 nights MV Silver Supporter

Day 18 - Mangareva to Papetee

Welcome back to Gambier Island in French Polynesia, where you will farewell the crew, disembark the Silver Supporter and transfer to Rikitea. You will again require XPF 1000 per person for the ferry transfer back to the airport. Lunch today is not included. Board your flight back to Papeete where you will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel.

This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner (payable locally) and share your photos and stories with your travelling companions for one final time. (B)

Overnight Pension Fare Suisse or similar

Day 19 - Departure

This morning, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

What's Included

  • Transfers, and 4 nights accommodation in Papeete, Tahiti including breakfast (3 nights pre tour and 1 night post tour)
  • Air Tahiti return flights Papeete to Mangareva to board the MV Silver Supporter
  • Twin share cabin aboard the MV Silver Supporter (Mangareva / Pitcairn Islands return) All meals provided (11 days onboard)
  • 4 days on Pitcairn Island, home to the descendants of HMAV Bounty mutineers – all transfers, meals and land based homestay accommodation
  • Dine with the entire country at a Pitcairn Island Community Lunch
  • Stargazing at Pitcairn’s new International Dark Sky Sanctuary named Mata ki te Rangi meaning ‘Eyes to the Sky’
  • 2 x Pitcairn Island tours, quiz night and a visit to the Pitcairn Island Museum
  • A landed visit to World Heritage Site, Henderson Island
  • Landed visits to Oeno Island and Ducie Island
  • Local Pitcairn Island guide for outer islands visits plus Crooked Compass escort

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tipping
  • Ferry transfers to/from Silver Supporter
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • All services, meals other than those indicated above
  • Any changes to the proposed and confirmed program

**Please note that this tour can be organised on request for private departures.

* Pricing is subject to change at anytime until full payment has been received.

* A minimum of 8 adults is required to guarantee this departure.

A non-refundable deposit of 15% per person is required to secure your place. Final payment is due no later than 60 days prior to departure. Travel insurance is mandatory for travelling with Crooked Compass. For full terms and conditions, please click here.

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