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Pitcairn Island: Adventure Guide
Plan your own trip to one of the most remote places on Earth.
Text by Ryan Bradley   Map by Dave Stevenson

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Activities:
The Cook Islands-based Pacific Expeditions Ltd runs a two-week diving trip ($3,200; www.pacific-expeditions.com) aboard their 14-berth, 55-foot (17-meter) research vessel that includes three days anchored off Pitcairn—plenty of time to see what little remains of the Bounty. If you get your paperwork in order, you can even stay on the island ($35 for landing, plus $40 a night).
 
Outfitters:
Mary T. Crowley's Ocean Voyages can arrange charter sails from Mangareva (a two- to-four-day trip, depending on weather). "It's definitely ocean sailing," she says, "and there can be big waves and wind." A two-week trip ($4,950; www.oceanvoyages.com) includes a cultural immersion on Pitcairn Island: You'll stay in a Pitcairner's home for about a week.

Getting There:
A mile-and-a-half-square (four-square-kilometer) speck in a very big sea, Pitcairn is 330 miles (531 kilometers) from the nearest airport (on Mangareva, in the Gambiers) and 1,312 miles (2,111 kilometers) from the nearest city (Papeete, French Polynesia, population 127,635). Because an airstrip was nixed by Pitcairners, an ocean crossing will be your only passage. But the difficulty is the attraction: Unspoiled by tourism, Pitcairn has untapped adventure potential.

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