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April 23 2012

Pitcairn Islands Expedition: Ancient Navigators and the Modern World


Over the past month, the Pitcairn Islands Expedition has taken us throughout the eastern South Pacific from Tahiti by plane to Mangareva, and from there by ship to the remote islands and atolls of Pitcairn, Ducie, Henderson, and Oeno.

Despite being several hundred miles from the next inhabited areas, I was surprised to find that I was never really struck by a sense of our extreme remoteness. Being surrounded by a competent and friendly team and crew, and having maps, GPS, and even a satellite internet connection, I had the same feeling as being a part of any community on land—the sense that you know where you are, where you’re going, and that you’re with friends and helpers.

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