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Last night the boat’s engines went silent around 3 am. I got up at 6:30 and could already see this most southern of all atolls on Earth low on the ocean. A few petrels and masked boobies showed to greet us. Today would be exploration day.
Beyond the island’s halo of muck caused by four days of relentless rains, we found clearer deeper waters and an unexpected coral reef, teeming with fish.
The trail we followed to the see ancient Polynesian rock art at a place called “Down Rope” was one of the steepest, scariest stretches of trail I’ve ever been on, and totally worth it.
As Enric Sala’s Pitcairn Expedition team arrived at its namesake island, NG Explorer-in-Residence Mike Fay took to the trails, lead by a barefoot tour guide up to Christian’s Cave, where the legendary mutineer is said to have watched for the British ships on his trail.
We made it to Pitcairn Island this morning, shortly after sunrise. We saw the island appear exactly like it has been described dozens of times – like a tall ship coming out of the horizon.
As we make our way to the Pitcairn Islands with NG Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala’s Pristine Seas expedition, several hours on a plane reveals gorgeous aerial views of the atolls of French Polynesia.
National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala and team have made the first stop on our voyage to the remote Pitcairn Islands, starting in the same bay where the “Bounty” anchored before the legendary mutiny.
In 1790 the mutineers of the HMS Bounty took refuge on tiny Pitcairn Island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Only a few of their descendants still live there today, making the area one of the least inhabited places in the world. Join us this March and April as National Geographic explores the land and waters of Pitcairn, revealing one of the most untouched undersea environments left on Earth.