Capital | Adamstown
Population | 48 (July 2011 est.)
Area | 47 SQ KM
Official Language | English
Holidays | Birthday of Queen ELIZABETH II, second Saturday in June (1926)
Currency | Dollar (NZD)
Time Zone | UTC -9
Best Time to Visit | April to October (the dry season)
Connecting with the Culture | Catching up with the Bounty mutineers on Pitcairn- there are several relics, along with Fletcher Christian’s cave. Beachcombing by the beautiful lagoon on Ducie Atoll. Bird watching on Henderson Island with its unique makatea (raised coral island) geology. Reading pre-European history in the mysterious Polynesian petroglyphs carved into the rocks at Down Rope.
Read | Fragile Paradise by Glynn Christian (Fletcher’s great-great-great-great-grandson), an investigation of the mutiny and the mutineers’ fate on Pitcairn.
Watch | the original film about the mutiny, In the Wake of the Bounty (1933)- filmed in Pitcairn, Tahiti and Australia, and starring a young Errol Flynn, or any of the three later versions, starring Clark Gable, Marlon Brando and Mel Gibson respectively as the good guy.
Eat | breadfruit, the miracle fruit the Bounty was sent out to collect.
Drink | water
In a Word | Whutta-waye? (How are you?)
Characteristics | Fletcher Christian descendants; beaches that you’d jump ship for; coral atolls; pirate hideaways; beautiful Tahitians; seafaring language.
Surprises | The people of Pitcairn really are descendants of the original Bounty mutineers and their Tahitian companions: Bounty family names- Adams, Young and Christian- are still common.