The Pitcairn Islands are a group of four main volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean and are a British overseas territory. Of the four islands, only Pitcairn is inhabited and access is only via boat through Bounty Bay. The culture and language are similar and strongly influenced by a mix of English and Tahitian qualities. Because the island is so close to Tahiti, island residents and tourists can experience many of the popular attractions of the mainland and then retreat back to the seclusion of Pitcairn Island.
On Arue, is the James Norman Hall Home. James Norman Hall was a author, essayist and poet. From 1920, until his death in 1951, James Normal Hall lived on the island. Hall wrote novels such as “Falcons of France”, and the popular trilogy, “Mutiny on the Bounty”, “Men Against the Sea” and “Pitcairn Islands”. He also did the screen plays and movie scripts based around the trilogy. The structure is dedicated to the preservation of his works containing over 3,000 books and his personal effects, as well as his infamous double typewriter. The house stands in memory of a man who devoted his life to writing and serves as a place of reverence to literature lovers the world over.
For people that desire to learn the history of the islands, the Museum of Tahiti and Her Islands has everything needed. There are exhibits of Polynesian history, culture and environment. There are guided tours that will take guests completely through the facility and provide an engaging and informative narrative as they move through the building.
Point Venus is the southern-most point of Tahiti and is where Captain Cook landed in French Polynesia. It was on June 3rd, 1769 and he observed the transit of Venus, hence the name of the point. Here there are relics from his journey including one of the actual cannons from his ship and a commemorative plaque placed in his honor.
The artist Paul Gauguin must be one of the greatest representatives of French Polynesia. The Paul Gauguin Museum is located in Tahiti and contains the greatest representation of his works as represented by the French Polynesians in elaborate wood carvings, ancient sculptures and intricate engravings. Visitors to the museum will encounter an entertaining and engaging history entailing the life of Paul Gauguin in French Polynesia.
If sightseeing is not what a tourist is seeking then the islands offer several more entertaining activities. Some people enjoy sightseeing in Papeete and the public market of Le Marche. There are also several waterways that offer some lovely views such as the Blowhole of Arahoho to the Faarumai and Vaipahi Falls. Guests can go beachcombing and relax in the beautiful waters surrounding Pitcairn Island. In Moorea and Bora Bora, travelers can enjoy shark and sting ray feed demonstrations and take a whale watching tour during the months of July and October.
Tourists can also visit the Pitcairn Museum, the General Store and Thursday October Christians House. Pitcairn Island has no hotels, instead there is a local family that has lived on the island all their life. The Warren, Christian and Samuel families are all descendants of whalers and gladly open their homes to welcome guests to the islands. The houses are made entirely of clapboard and the Pitcairners are extremely friendly people and will even volunteer their services to ferry guests around and introduce them to the sights and sounds around the island. Traveling to the Pitcairn Islands is like taking a step back into time, the pace of life is slow and people take the time to stop and greet each other in the streets. For a tourist seeking isolation, seclusion and beauty then staying on Pitcairn Island is exactly what they are looking for.