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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 3.725 EUR

Visit the remote Pitcairn Island
in the middle of 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 full board Pitcairn guest house accommodation.

Ship & Cabins

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 gender for 2x2 nights.


Silver Supporter - Pitcairn

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

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: 4.690 EUR per person*

*plus 60 € Pitcairn landing fee & Pitcairn accommodation 120 € to 200 € per person per day
Travel dates Via Mangareva Pitcairn stay
22.08.2024-10.09.2024 03.09.2024 05.09.2024-08.09.2024
21.11.2024-10.12.2024 03.12.2024 05.12.2024-08.12.2024
13.03.2025-01.04.2025 25.03.2025 27.03.2025-30.03.2025
05.06.2025-24.06.2025 17.06.2025 19.06.2025-22.06.2025
21.08.2025-09.09.2025 02.09.2025 04.09.2025-07.09.2025
20.11.2025-09.12.2025 02.12.2025 04.12.2025-07.12.2025
12.03.2026-31.03.2026 24.03.2026 26.03.2026-29.03.2026

Mangareva - Pitcairn - Mangareva

Duration: 7 nights - Pitcairn stay: 4 days/ extendable to 11 days
Fare: 3.725 EUR per person*

*plus 60 € Pitcairn landing fee & Pitcairn accommodation 120 € to 200 € per person per day
Travel dates Pitcairn stay
16.07.2024-23.07.2024 18.07.2024-21.07.2024
23.07.2024-30.07.2024 25.07.2024-28.07.2024
03.09.2024-10.09.2024 05.09.2024-08.09.2024
10.09.2024-17.09.2024 12.09.2024-15.09.2024
17.09.2024-24.09.2024 19.09.2024-22.09.2024
24.09.2024-01.10.2024 26.09.2024-29.09.2024
01.10.2024-08.10.2024 03.10.2024-06.10.2024
08.10.2024-15.10.2024 10.10.2024-13.10.2024
15.10.2024-22.10.2024 17.10.2024-20.10.2024
22.10.2024-29.10.2024 24.10.2024-27.10.2024
03.12.2024-10.12.2024 05.12.2024-08.12.2024
10.12.2024-17.12.2024 12.12.2024-15.12.2024
17.12.2024-24.12.2024 19.12.2024-22.12.2024
24.12.2024-31.12.2024 26.12.2024-29.12.2024
31.12.2024-07.01.2025 02.01.2025-05.01.2025
07.01.2025-14.01.2025 09.01.2025-12.01.2025
14.01.2025-21.01.2025 16.01.2025-19.01.2025
21.01.2025-28.01.2025 23.01.2025-26.01.2025
28.01.2025-04.02.2025 30.01.2024-02.02.2025
04.02.2025-11.02.2025 06.02.2024-09.02.2025
11.02.2025-18.02.2025 13.02.2025-16.02.2025
25.03.2025-01.04.2025 27.03.2025-30.03.2025
01.04.2025-08.04.2025 03.04.2025-06.04.2025
08.04.2025-15.04.2025 10.04.2025-13.04.2025
15.04.2025-22.04.2025 17.04.2025-20.04.2025
22.04.2025-29.04.2025 24.04.2025-27.04.2025
29.04.2025-06.05.2025 01.05.2025-04.05.2025
06.05.2025-13.05.2025 08.05.2025-11.05.2025
17.06.2025-24.06.2025 19.06.2025-22.06.2025
24.06.2025-01.07.2025 26.06.2025-29.06.2025
01.07.2025-08.07.2025 03.07.2025-06.07.2025
08.07.2025-15.07.2025 10.07.2025-13.07.2025
15.07.2025-22.07.2025 17.07.2025-20.07.2025
22.07.2025-29.07.2025 24.07.2025-27.07.2025
02.09.2025-09.09.2025 04.09.2025-07.09.2025
23.09.2025-30.09.2025 25.09.2025-28.09.2025
30.09.2025-07.10.2025 02.10.2025-05.10.2025
07.10.2025-14.10.2025 09.10.2025-12.10.2025
14.10.2025-21.10.2025 16.10.2025-19.10.2025
21.10.2025-28.10.2025 23.10.2025-26.10.2025
02.12.2025-09.12.2025 04.12.2025-07.12.2025
09.12.2025-16.12.2025 12.12.2025-14.12.2025
16.12.2025-23.12.2025 18.12.2025-21.12.2025
23.12.2025-30.12.2025 25.12.2025-28.12.2025
30.12.2025-06.01.2026 01.01.2026-04.01.2026
06.01.2026-13.01.2026 08.01.2026-11.01.2026
13.01.2026-20.01.2026 15.01.2026-18.01.2026
20.01.2026-27.01.2026 22.01.2026-25.01.2026
27.01.2026-03.02.2026 29.01.2026-01.02.2026
03.02.2026-10.02.2026 05.02.2026-08.02.2026
10.02.2026-17.02.2026 12.02.2026-15.02.2026
24.03.2026-31.03.2026 26.03.2026-29.03.2026

Mangareva - Pitcairn - Tauranga

Duration: 19 nights - Pitcairn stay: 4 days - 4.690 EUR per person*

*plus 60 € Pitcairn landing fee & Pitcairn accommodation 120 € to 200 € per person per day
Travel dates Pitcairn stay Via Mangareva
22.10.2024-10.11.2024 24.10.2024-27.10.2024 29.10.2024
31.12.2024-23.01.2025 02.01.2025-05.01.2025 07.01.2024
11.02.2025-02.03.2025 13.02.2025-16.02.2025 18.02.2024
06.05.2025-25.05.2025 08.05.2025-11.05.2025 13.05.2025
22.07.2025-10.08.2025 24.07.2025-27.07.2025 29.07.2025
21.10.2025-09.11.2025 23.10.2025-26.10.2025 28.10.2025
10.02.2026-01.03.2026 12.02.2026-15.02.2026 17.02.2026

Silver Supporter - Pitcairn

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

Pitcairn is home to around 50 permanent residents, most of whom are descendants of the
descendants of the mutineers of the Bounty and their Polynesian companions who
who settled on the island in 1790.

Home stay accommodations include high-speed wifi and there is public wifi at the town square in Adamstown.

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.

The official currency of Pitcairn is the New Zealand dollar (NZD), but the US dollar (USD) and the French Pacific franc (CFP or XPF) are also accepted. The government treasury is open 3 days a week, where credit card withdrawals and foreign currency can be exchanged. On Pitcairn, payments are made in cash; there are ATMs at Papeete International Airport where XPF can be withdrawn and exchanged, but not on Mangareva.

Humpback whales usually stay in the waters around Pitcairn between June and October, with the most sightings in August.

While Pitcairn Island shares some aspects of a typical Pacific island climate, it also has unique characteristics influenced by its specific geographical location and topography. In summer (November to April), temperatures range between 20 and 30 degrees Celsius, while in winter (from May to October) they can drop to 17 degrees Celsius. Humidity is between 60 and 90 % all year round.

In winter, the roads and sidewalks can be muddy and slippery. Be particularly careful at this time. In summer, on the other hand, the island turns into a rather dry landscape where there may be a high risk of fire. Please be extremely careful, especially when extinguishing cigarettes.

Freshwater production on Pitcairn depends on rainfall. In dry weather, be careful to conserve water to maintain the island's water supply.

Accommodations on Pitcairn Island are Homestays. Guests can enjoy a full Pitcairn home stay experience - sharing all meals and amenities in the home of a local family, or they can opt for a semi private or private studio unit with optional shared meals or selfcatering. There are also a couple of private 2 or 3 bedroom houses available for small groups.

Most of the transportation on Pitcairn is done on foot or with quad bikes for short distances. The island is rather small at 47 km2 and the hilly landscape and lack of paved roads makes conventional cars impractical. Transportation needs are met by a combination of walking, quad bikes and other smaller vehicles suited to the local conditions.

All Pitcairn Accommodation hosts welcome their guests at the Bounty Bay Landing on arrival providing free transfers, generally via 4 wheel Quad Bikes. Quad Bikes are the primary means of transportation on the island. While islanders are skilled riders in all types of weather and road conditions, quads bikes are not actually designed to carry passengers. Visitors should be aware that travelling on quad bikes happens at the passenger’s own risk. Local safety standards require that no more than 2 passengers per vehicle may be carried at any one time.

Explore the island's natural beauty, including scenic views, lush landscapes, and unique flora and fauna. Hiking trails allow visitors to discover the island's diverse ecosystems.

Visit historical sites such as Fletcher Christian's Cave, where the leader of the Bounty mutineers is said to have taken refuge.

Experience the island's culture through local arts and crafts. The islanders engage in traditional carving and weaving, and their works are often available at local markets and the Pitkern Artisans Gallery.

Participate in or observe community events, gatherings, and activities organized by the residents. Pitcairn has a close-knit community, and visitors are often welcomed to join in local celebrations. You can dine with the entire Pitcairn population in one sitting!

Stargazing in Mata Ki Te Rangi- meaning 'Eyes To The Sky' - International Dark Sky Sanctuary.

Explore the underwater world around Pitcairn through snorkeling or diving. The surrounding waters offer opportunities to witness marine life and coral formations in one of the worlds largest marine reserves. You can also swim in the magically picturesque St. Paul´s Pool.

Engage with the friendly local community. Pitcairn has a unique and fascinating history, and residents are often willing to share their stories with visitors. 
You can play a game of Tennis or join a local to go fishing.

Photography: Capture the breathtaking landscapes and seascapes of Pitcairn. The island provides numerous opportunities for photography enthusiasts.

The Pitcairn pub "The Whale's Tooth Inn", "Andy's Pizzeria" and "Christian's Cafe" are currently not open. However, your accommodation includes full board.

Clothing should be casual, comfortable, light and appropriate for a subtropical climate. Pitcairn visitors are advised to bring pants, a warm sweater and a light rain jacket for wet weather and cooler winter nights. Hats, sunglasses and sunscreen are essential in the summer months. To explore Pitcairn Island you will need comfortable, sturdy walking shoes. Many of the roads and paths leading to the island's historic and natural attractions are steep and gravelly - caution is advised regardless of weather conditions.

Pitcairn packing list:

- All personal hygiene items
- Medication against motion sickness/seasickness
- Travel adapter for Australia/New Zealand (230-volt plug)
- Insect repellent
- A good pair of hiking boots/ sandals
- Light wind/rain jacket
- Cash for souvenirs. The official currency on Pitcairn is the New Zealand dollar, but all souvenirs and accommodation are paid for in US dollars (Credit cards can be used at the island's treasury to load cash onto your cards).

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.

Due to the small number of cabins (5) and the high demand on the Mangareva - Pitcairn section, it is not possible to book cabins for single use, you will share a cabin with a fellow traveller of the same gender for the outward and return journey (2x2 nights).

There is a general store, post office and tax office in Adamstown, all of which are open between 8.30am and 10.30am on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. This means that they are usually open on the morning that visitors arrive on Pitcairn so that they can stock up on essentials, buy postcards and exchange money. There is also a health center with a full-time doctor and a community nurse. The Pitkern Artisans Gallery is also open when visitors are ashore. International telephone and wifi internet services are also available.

The islanders of Pitcairn still practice traditional carving and weaving skills, and these and a wide range of curios and other souvenirs can be purchased at the local markets and Island Artisans Gallery.

Cancellation/refund conditions (Cancellations must be made in writing):

  • 6 days and less before departure - 100% of the fare = no refund.
  • 7 - 21 days and less before departure 50% = 50% refund.
  • Over 21 days 10% of the fare = 90% refund.

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.

There is no age limit for a voyage to Pitcairn, but being physically fit and aware of one's limitations is important when considering Pitcairn as a travel destination. If potential visitors have recently experienced injury or illness they should ensure they have been granted medical clearance before making travel plans. If 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 Island all travellers are required to have travel medical evacuation insurance cover which must include provision for medical evacuation.

You will be cleared by New Zealand Immigration and Customs while you are still on board the ship. Once the captain has authorised your departure, you will be taken to the gate to leave the port.