The Great Southern Route : 2010 - 2011
PACIFIC 298 | GSR Pitcairn Island Useful Statistics GOVERNMENT: Overseas territory of the UK LAND AREA: 5 km2 (3 sq miles) POPULATION: (est. 2009) 48 LANGUAGE: English, Pitkern CURRENCY: New Zealand dollar (NZD) CLIMATE: Tropical; hot and humid; modified by southeast trade winds; rainy season (Nov to Mar). UTC: -8 INTL DIALLING CODE: +64 THE PITCAIRN ISLANDS form the south eastern most extension of the geological archipelago of the Tuamotus of French Polynesia, and consist of: Pittcairn Island, Oeno Island (atoll with 5 islets), Henderson Island and Ducie Island (atoll with 4 islets). Only three square miles of land, with steep cliffs all around, the sole anchorage is at Bounty Bay which is tenable only in settled weather. Pitcairn is the least populated jurisdiction in the world, and is a dependency of Britain and is the last remaining in the Pacific. Only Pitcairn Island is inhabited and is accessible only by boat through Bounty Bay. Henderson Island supports a rich variety of animals in its nearly inaccessible interior. It is also capable of supporting a small human population, but access is difficult, its outer shores comprising steep limestone cliffs of sharp coral. The islands have only about 48 inhabitants (from nine families). Supply ships are supposed to call three or four times a year but there is no regular service. Between 20 and 30 smaller sailing yachts stop at Pitcairn every year, where a warm welcome awaits the cruising sailor who calls at this remote community, whose entire history has been intrinsically bound up with the sea. The anchorage in Bounty Bay is exposed. Everyone leaves Pitcairn with unforgettable memories of having been hosted by one of the most isolated communities in the world. Easter Island Useful Statistics Territory of Chile GOVERNMENT: Republic LAND AREA: 163,6 km2 (63 sq. miles) POPULATION: (est. 2009) 3,900 LANGUAGE: Rapa Nui, Chile CURRENCY: Chilean peso (US dollars are also welcome) CLIMATE: Subtropical climate influenced by winds and ocean currents, and an annual average temperature of 20°C. In summer, the temperature ranges from 15-28°C. February is the hottest month, whereas in winter (June to August), temperatures range between 14-22°C. Rain falls steadily throughout the year, although showers are only sporadic and last a short time. UTC: -6 INTL DIALLING CODE: +32 EASTER ISLAND IS over 2,000 miles from the nearest population centres, (Tahiti and Chile), making it one of the most isolated places on Earth. A triangle of volcanic rock in the South Pacific - it is best known for the giant stone monoliths, known as Moai, that dot the coastline. Known as "Rapa Nui" or "Isla de Pascua", Easter Island belongs to Chile. The capital is Hanga Roa where the vast majority of the people live. Easter Is. is made up of three volcanoes: Poike, Rano Kau and Terevaka and remains one of the most unique places you will ever encounter; an open air museum showcasing a fascinating, but unfortunately lost, culture. The Rapanui are among the friendliest people you will ever meet, and the landscape is truly amazing - with its volcanic craters, lava formations, beaches, brilliant blue water, and archaeological sites. Lying at the south-eastern point of the Polynesian triangle, visiting yachts are increasingly calling at this isolated island. The anchorage off the main settlement of Hanga Roa is open but sheltered from the prevailing south-easterly winds. If the wind turns, one can move to Anakena Bay, site of some of the most interesting excavations and statues on the island, or to Huituiti in the east. Swell is a problem in all these anchorages. Tourism, fishing, agriculture and on-going archaeological studies are the primary activities of the island. The 3500 inhabitants, most of whom are Rapa Nui of Polynesian descent, live around Hanga Roa, the only town. SUPERYACHT SERVICES There are no superyacht or other marine facilities on Pitcairn Islands. Government: W: www.government.pn E: firstname.lastname@example.org Hanga Roa Port Captain (Easter Is.) E: email@example.com RECENT SUPERYACHT VISITORS Lone Ranger APPROXIMATE DISTANCE IN NM FROM PITCAIRN ISLAND TO: Papeete 1,195' Galapagos 2,731' Valparaiso 3,097' Easter Island 3,444' Balboa 3,617' USEFUL PUBLICATIONS Tahiti Handbook - David Stanley South Pacific Anchorages - W Clay Charlie's Charts of Polynesia - Wood Mutiny on the Bounty - Nordhoff Landfalls of Paradise - E Hinz USEFUL WEBSITES www.lonelyplanet.com/pitcairn-island www.government.pn www.pitcairn.southpacific.org www.wunderground.com (search) www.netaxs.com/trance/rapanui.html www.southpacific.org http://islandheritage.org www.mysteriousplaces.com www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/easter www.sacredsites.com/americas/ chile/easter_island.html www.lonelyplanet.com/chile/rapa- nui-easter-island APPROXIMATE DISTANCE IN NM FROM EASTER ISLAND TO: Valparaiso 1,973' Papeete 2,367' Balboa 2,760' Rarotonga 2,843' Auckland 3,903'
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