Time to explore

by Ana Pinto on

There are so many exciting walks to explore on Pitcairn - I’ll have to attempt to walk them all (even the difficult ones!) and experience them just as a visitor would. This will help me to work with the Tourism department here in Pitcairn to ensure that the visitors that come to the island  really do make the most of it and learn about this amazing environment! Unfortunately there are not many people living on the island to provide guided walks on a busy day, so ensuring the walks are easy to follow and educational without having an islander there to show them around is a little tricky. 

Ana meeting Melva from the tourism department
Meeting Melva from the tourism department

I’m here to work with the Tourism Department so we can figure out what will make the walks around the island easier to follow and how we can let people know about the amazing marine life underneath the waves they can see splashing from these amazing panoramic views as they are walking around.

Coconut crab
A coconut crab

On the way up to Christian’s Cave there’s the Eco-trail. This fun walk has lots of great information about the types of plants and animals you can see while walking around this part of the island. I spot a coconut crab walking along and I try to look out for plants from Pitcairn - some of the plants here can’t be found anywhere else in the world!

Ana looking for endemic plants on Pitcairn
Looking for endemic plants on Pitcairn

The end of this walk has a great view over the ocean and I spot the Claymore vessel in the distance - anchored a few miles offshore, waiting for a few days until it leaves again for Mangareva. The ocean looks so blue here - the bluest I have ever seen! It makes you want to jump right in! I imagine all the amazing wildlife that calls this part of the ocean home. This is a great spot to mention the Marine Reserve - we need to protect this beautiful habitat and the life within it.

Ana enjoying the views of the ocean
Enjoying the views, with the Claymore in the background
 

At the end of the Eco-trail the signs continue to the famous Christian’s Cave - the cave high up on the rocks where Fletcher Christian used to hide… 

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