A Mere 50 People Live On This Island, One of the Remotest Places On Earth



Pitcairn is part of the four Pitcairn Islands, a British Overseas Territory and one of the world’s most remote inhabited islands. The island is small — just 2 miles long and a mile wide. The rugged island with steep cliffs provides no easy way for people to dock, so visiting ships have to drop anchor several hundred yards from Bounty Bay and are met by residents in longboats. Despite being settled more than 200 years ago, Pitcairn’s population hasn’t changed much. While it reached a peak of 233 in 1937, today the island is home to a mere 50 residents. With limited acreage and few residents, amenities on the island are minimal. There’s a general store, a health clinic, post office, museum, library, treasury and tourism center. The Pulau School educates children through primary school, but after that they typically receive their higher education at boarding schools in New Zealand. Since there’s no airport, residents are linked to the outside world mainly via passenger and cargo ships. The MV Silver Supporter travels once a month between French Polynesia and Pitcairn, but there’s only 12 visitor berths and the trip requires 2 nights at sea. Visitors can sign up to go whale-watching, take a guided tour down a 700-foot cliff, go scuba diving, and wander around the island taking in the incredible views. While the island is looking for new permanent residents, Pitcairn island is not for everyone. It’s physically demanding and emotionally challenging, but it’s also quiet and vibrant, and certainly never dull.