Wut-a-way you! (that’s hello in Pitkern)

by Ana Pinto on

After two long days on the Claymore vessel and thousands of miles from where we last saw land, I can finally see land again! We have made it to across the South Pacific Ocean to the Pitcairn Islands - one of the most remote places on this planet is right before my eyes!

The Pitcairn longboat approaches the Claymore II
The longboat arriving to collect us

We wait for the longboat to be driven out to collect us and our bags from the Claymore vessel. It's not possible for us to get any closer to land without the help of the islanders. As they approach in the longboat they appear as excited as we are - smiling and waving and, when it is safe to do so, they help to get us on on board. Pitcairn Island is getting closer and closer.

Aboard the longboat, heading for Bounty Bay.
On the longboat, heading for Bounty Bay.

As we approach the landing at Bounty Bay, it feels as though the whole island is there to welcome us! The Islanders make us feel very welcome and greet us all with open arms, seed and shell necklaces (made from ‘jobstears’ seeds and seashells from bounty bay- a welcome gift for visitors) and the very important map of the island! 

There are no hotels in Pitcairn, so when people visit the island, they stay as a guest with a local family. I’m staying with Carol and Jay Warren. Carol is a descendant of Fletcher Christian (the mutineers’ leader) - she is a 6thgeneration Fletcher (so Fletcher Christian was her great-great-great-great granddad) and Jay is a descendant of Edward Young - he was Jay’s great great-great-great-great-grandad!

Ana and her host, Karen Warren, on Karen's quad bike
Me with my host, Karen Warren, on her quad bike!

While Carol tells me to hop on to the back of her quad bike, Jay takes my luggage on the back of his, and both bikes head up the ‘Hill of Difficulty’ all the way up to the Warren residency. You can see why they call it this- it is a VERY steep hill! It's far easier to get up the hill if you’re on a quad bike - pretty much everyone on Pitcairn has a quad bike and it is the easiest way to get around.

Ana walking up the Hill of Difficulty
Walking up the Hill of Difficulty

I drop my bags off at Carol and Jay’s, put on my walking shoes, grab my island map and head straight out - the sun is shining and I’m ready to explore…

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