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Silver Supporter - Pitcairn

Explore the most remote inhabited island of the world by supply ship

MV Silver Supporter New Zealand - Pitcairn

Route (part sections possible):
Tauranga/ New Zealand -
Mangareva/ French Polynesia -
Pitcairn - Mangareva - Tauranga

Departures Mangareva - Pitcairn: 

Fare: from 3.410 EUR

The remote Pitcairn Islands in the vast Pacific Ocean:

Inhabited by the direct descendants of Pitcairn's first European settlers, the HMAV Bounty mutineers, and their Polynesian consorts. With a total population of 50 and close to the center of the world's largest ocean, the remoteness of the Pitcairn Islands is truly breathtaking. The archipelago is located about 2,200 km from Tahiti, 2,100 km from Easter Island, and over 5,000 km (roughly the distance from London to New York) from both New Zealand and South America.
Highlights of a Pitcairn visit include a legendary sea voyage, breathtaking stargazing at the local International Dark Sky Sanctuary "Mata Ki Te Rangi", the exploration of the third largest marine reserve on earth and first-hand insights into living history and culture.

A visit to these legendary islands offers experiences few others can call their own: Pristine subtropical
Islands, crystal clear waters, endemic flora, birds and marine life, incredible hospitality and lasting friendships.

Find more information in the Pitcairn travel guide.
Here you can chose your Pitcairn guest house accommodation.

Ship & Cabin Details

Silver Supporter - Pitcairn

Explore the most remote inhabited island of the world by supply ship

Chartered by the Pitcairn Islands government, the cargo ship MV Silver Supporter has been freshly refurbished in 2019. The ship offers travelers everything they need for a reliable, safe and comfortable voyage to Pitcairn. The Silver Supporter is fully air-conditioned and accommodates up to 12 passengers in 6 spacious twin cabins, each with ample storage space, a private bathroom and a separate office/lounge area, as well as two single cabins with shared ensuite and desk area. In the communal dining area guests share daily meals with their fellow passengers. The MV Silver Supporter also features a comfortable lounge area that invites to mingle and relax.

Year Built: 1998
Place Built: Norway
Flag: Gibraltar
Lenght: 51 meters
Breath: 11.2 meters
Draft Loaded: 4.8 meters
Crew: 5
Passengers: 12
Cruising Speed: 10 knots
Max Speed: 12 knots
Main Engine: Deutz 2459 hp

Interior & Cabins

5x spacious twin share cabins with separate sitting area with desk, bedroom and private ensuite with shower.
1x 2 room cabin (single berths in each room) with shared desk and ensuite with shower.
All cabins have ample storage, European wall sockets, and Air Conditioning.

Due to the small number of cabins and the high demand on the Mangareva - Pitcairn leg, it is not possible to book cabins for single use, this means if you are travelling alone, you share a cabin with a fellow passenger of the same sex for 2x2 nights.

Dates & Fares

Silver Supporter - Pitcairn

Explore the most remote inhabited island of the world by supply ship

Tauranga - Pitcairn - Mangareva

Duration: 19 nights - Pitcairn stay: 4 days - fare: 4.189 EUR per person*

*plus 60 € Pitcairn landing fee & Pitcairn accommodation 120 € to 200 € per person per day
Travel dates Via Mangareva Pitcairn stay Route-Nr.
23.11.2023-12.12.2023 05.12.2023 07.12.2023-10.12.2023 PO16-3433
14.03.2024-02.04.2024 26.03.2024 28.03.2024-31.03.2024 PO16-4431
16.05.2024-04.06.2024 28.05.2024 30.05.2024-02.06.2024 TBC
22.08.2024-10.09.2024 03.09.2024 05.09.2024-08.09.2024 TBC
21.11.2024-10.12.2024 03.12.2024 05.12.2024-08.12.2024 TBC
13.03.2025-01.04.2025 25.03.2025 27.03.2025-30.03.2025 TBC

Mangareva - Pitcairn - Mangareva

Duration: 7 nights - Pitcairn stay: 4 days/ extensible 1 - 2 weeks
Fare: 3.410 EUR per person*

*plus 60 € Pitcairn landing fee & Pitcairn accommodation 120 € to 200 € per person per day
Travel dates Pitcairn stay Route-Nr.
24.10.2023-31.10.2023 26.10.2023-29.10.2023 PO16-33311
05.12.2023-12.12.2023 07.12.2023-10.12.2023 PO16-33312
12.12.2023-19.12.2023 14.12.2023-17.12.2023 PO16-33313
19.12.2023-26.12.2023 21.12.2023-24.12.2023 PO16-33314
26.12.2023-02.01.2024 28.12.2023-31.12.2023 PO16-33315
02.01.2024-09.01.2024 04.01.2024-07.01.2024 PO16-4331
26.03.2024-02.04.2024 28.03.2024-31.03.2024 PO16-4332
02.04.2024-09.04.2024 04.04.2024-07.04.2024 PO16-4333
28.05.2024-04.06.2024 30.05.2024-02.06.2024 TBC
04.06.2024-11.06.2024 06.06.2024-09.06.2024 TBC
11.06.2024-18.06.2024 13.06.2024-16.06.2024 TBC
18.06.2024-25.06.2024 20.06.2024-23.06.2024 TBC
25.06.2024-02.07.2024 27.06.2024- 30.06.2024 TBC
02.07.2024-09.07.2024 04.07.2024-07.07.2024 TBC
09.07.2024-16.07.2024 11.07.2024-14.07.2024 TBC
16.07.2024-23.07.2024 18.07.2024-21.07.2024 TBC
23.07.2024-30.07.2024 25.07.2024-28.07.2024 TBC
03.09.2024-10.09.2024 05.09.2024-08.09.2024 TBC
10.09.2024-17.09.2024 12.09.2024-15.09.2024 TBC
17.09.2024-24.09.2024 19.09.2024-22.09.2024 TBC
24.09.2024-01.10.2024 26.09.2024-29.09.2024 TBC
01.10.2024-08.10.2024 03.10.2024-06.10.2024 TBC
08.10.2024-15.10.2024 10.10.2024-13.10.2024 TBC
15.10.2024-22.10.2024 17.10.2024-20.10.2024 TBC
22.10.2024-29.10.2024 24.10.2024-27.10.2024 TBC
03.12.2024-10.12.2024 05.12.2024-08.12.2024 TBC
10.12.2024-17.12.2024 12.12.2024-15.12.2024 TBC
17.12.2024-24.12.2024 19.12.2024-22.12.2024 TBC
24.12.2024-31.12.2024 26.12.2024-29.12.2024 TBC
01.04.2025-08.04.2025 03.04.2025-06.04.2025 TBC
08.04.2025-15.04.2025 10.04.2025-13.04.2025 TBC
15.04.2025-22.04.2025 17.04.2025-20.04.2025 TBC

Mangareva - Pitcairn - Tauranga

Duration: 19 nights - Pitcairn stay: 4 days - 4.185 EUR per person*

*plus 60 € Pitcairn landing fee & Pitcairn accommodation 120 € to 200 € per person per day
Travel dates Pitcairn stay Via Mangareva Route-Nr.
24.10.2023-12.11.2023 26.10.2023-29.10.2023 31.10.2023 PO16-3342
02.01.2024-21.01.2024 04.01.2024-07.01.2024 09.01.2024 PO16-4341
16.04.2024-05.05.2024 18.04.2024-21.04.2024 23.04.2024 PO16-4342
23.06.2024-11.08.2024 25.06.2024-28.06.2024 30.06.2024 TBC
22.10.2024-10.11.2024 24.10.2024-27.10.2024 29.10.2024 TBC
31.12.2024-23.01.2025 31.12.2024-23.01.2025 31.12.2024-23.01.2025 TBC

Silver Supporter - Pitcairn

Explore the most remote inhabited island of the world by supply ship

Arrival and Departure Information

All voyages are coordinated with the Tuesday Air Tahiti flight, in and out of Mangareva. There are currency exchange ATMs to get XPF on arrival at the international airport of Papeete, but not on Mangareva.
The flight arrives at Mangareva between 11.30 - 12.30am. Passengers disembark the plane then board the local ferry to the main island. The ferry is located directly outside the airport. The fare is XPF1000,  payable in cash (each way) when boarding. The crossing takes approximately 40 minutes. When passengers arrive at the main island they will be meet by our Silver Supporter crew for transfer to the ship after a visit to the gendarmerie for immigration clearance.

Passenger depart Mangareva for Pitcairn around 4pm that same day, they spend 2 nights on-board and arrive at Pitcairn in the early hours of the Thursday morning.

The Pitcairn Long boat will be launched from shore around 8.00am, depending on sea and whether conditions, passengers are transferred to the landing at Bounty Bay where their accommodation hosts will welcome them and transfer them  to their accommodation.

The return trip to Mangareva from Pitcairn will entail departure from Bounty Bay at around 4pm. The ship will sail direct to Mangareva and arrive well before dawn. Passengers will have breakfast on board and crew will then transfer them, by tender, back to the main island in plenty of time to take the ferry back to the airport. All in good time to check-in and board the Tuesday flight back to Papeete.

Travel specific notes

All meals aboard the MV Silver Supporter are included in the travel fare.
It is not possible to stay aboard the MV Silver Supporter overnight while stationed on the shore of Pitcairn.
This trip is unfortunately not barrier-free, as embarkation and disembarkation at Pitcairn is by rope ladder.

Pitcairn Island’s official currency is New Zealand Dollars (NZD), although United States Dollars (USD), and to a lesser extent, French Pacific Francs (CFP or XPF) are also accepted. The Government Treasury is open 3 days a week where credit card cash draw-downs and foriegn currencies can be exchanged.

There is a General Store, Post Office and Government Treasury Office in Adamstown, all of which open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays between 8.30 am and 10.30 am. This means they are generally open the morning visitors arrive at Pitcairn, which provides the opportunity to stock up on any essentials, buy some postcards and exchange currency. There is also a Health Centre with a full-time Doctor and community Nurse. And, The Pitkern Artisans Gallery also opens when visitors are ashore. International telephone and wifi internet services are also available.

There is no age limit for this voyage, but being physically fit and aware of one's limitations is important when considering Pitcairn as a travel destination. If prospective visitors have recently experienced injury or illness they should ensure they have been granted medical clearance before making travel plans. If prospective visitors take regular medication they should consult their doctor to seek additional supplies to more than cover their proposed travel period. Given the isolation of the Pitcairn Islands all travellers are required to have travel medical evacuation insurance cover which must include provision for medical evacuation.

Pitcairn as a remote destination is not barrier-free. Visitors to Pitcairn Island need to be able to ascend and descend steep stairways on a moving vessel (Silver Supporter), transfer from the ship, via a Jacob's ladder, to a longboat to get ashore, with ease. Visitors should be able to use the bathroom and other facilities without assistance. 

Pitcairn Islanders still practice traditional carving and weaving skills.These and a large range of curios and other souvenirs are available for purchase from local markets and the Pitkern Island Artisans Gallery. 

Dress on Pitcairn is casual. Clothing for a sub-tropical climate is appropriate.

Cancellation/ Refund policy:

  • 6 days and less before sailing - 100% of fare = no refund.
  • 7 – 21 days and less before sailing 50% = 50% refund.
  • Over 21 days 10% of fare = 90% refund.
  • Cancellations must be in writing.

The current information for Covid-19 management for those travelling from NZ is:

  • Proof of Vaccination against Covid-19 card/certificate ‘Proof of vaccination’ means a recognised vaccination certificate.
  • Passengers are required to have a supervised RAT test onboard the ship. Covid-19 management requirements may change and we will keep you informed.