Spectacular info, Pausanias, thank you. Will look into these in the future.
We were on the Oceania Marina that sailed around Pitcairn Island in April 2014. The Pitcairn residents came abord our ship to trade for food and buy stuff at the ship's store. They sold their handicraft and stamps on board. We were told that this year there have been 18 ships sailing to Pitcairn and only one that had zodiacs which were able to go ashore. We were also told that they plan to build a new pier on the other side of the island so that tenders can dock - to be done fall 2014.
Hi Joann, could you please let me know if you were able to go ashore on Easter Island from Marina? We are looking for the same route it makes next year, but as tendering is not always successful to Easter Island, we are very hesitant to book the cruise. Many thanks.
Hi, would like to talk to you separately, not sure how to do that.
This cruise on Marina was fabulous. We highly recommend it.
Easter island has more docks for tenders than Pitcarin
While there may be really bad weather that prevents tendering, we thought that at that time of year April, it would be more likely to be nice. We had perfect weather at Easter Island.
What happened to my post re Pitcairn Island???
I am not sure what happened to your post (sorry about that! :o) BUT I am going soon to a cruise with Hapag Lloyd that's going to Pitcairn! They have zodiacs and I have confirmation that they plan to bring passangers ashore, so I cross fingers that weather will be on my side! :)
Hello folks,we just returned recently from a Trip on Oceana's MARINA...Tahiti,Bora Bora,Fakarava,Pitcairn Island,Easter Island on to Lima and flew home.My whole purpose was to visit and go ashore Pitcairn Island as I've had this fantasy since seeing Brando's ''Mutiny on the Bounty''.Alas it was not to be,at first I was devastated but when I saw the Island I realized 1200 people from our Ship wouldn't work and thought of the larger Ships with 2500 people would destroy the Island in one day.About 50% of the Island residents came on board our Ship and I had a wonderful time talking with the and bought some of their ware.I had my picture taken with Jacqui Christian,7th. generation descendant of the Mutineers,lovely Lady.So if you plan to go there,there is no way you can land on the Island,you have to go in by small charter boat from Tahiti which is very expensive or if yo are travelling on a Yacht or some other small vessel.However I came away satisfied and understood the reasons etc.From there we went on to Easter Island and had a lovely time but the 4 days at sea to Lima we could have done without,would have gladly taken a flight from there.cheers folks,keep on travelling,life's to short,time waits for no one!
Movin from Vancouver - I'm sorry you chose the wrong ship for your much-wanted landing on Pitcairn. Ships like the one you were on have no chance at all. However the islanders quite like the bigger ships as they keep their island private while they maximise revenue from going aboard themselves. I understand your sadness - I too was mesmerised by the Brando film all those years ago - but you should perhaps have done your research.
Several hundred people a year make successful landings on Pitcairn, as I have done myself. These are people who travel on small expedition cruise ships operated by companies such as Noble-Caledonia, Zegrahm, Hapag-Lloyd, Lindblad Orion and Silver Discoverer. The lucky few, such as myself, also get to land on the other islands in the Pitcairn group, notably the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Henderson Island.
My photos of Pitcairn are here:
Great Photos,you're right shoulda done a little more research,got the wrong impression ie large ships surf conditions which I didn't think was that rough that Tenders couldn't make it,I've been in much worse,however I'm glad that 2000 + passengers don't get to land on a regular basis it would destroy everything very quickly,got my Trip,got my Pics,getting up there in years,no time for moping...Cheers! :)