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The Pacific is the graveyard of many country collectors, well, at least graveyard of dreams, time and finances.
Lonely Planet notes that after plunking down that time and dough, travelers may not even be able to land:
Landings on Pitcairn are notoriously difficult; it’s not unknown to travel all the way to the island and then be unable to set foot on land due to rough seas. The island’s official website even posts the following disclaimer: ‘…no Government responsibility is accepted…for any death by accident…during the process of landing or departing’.
If called on the VHF Islanders will make arrangements to come and pick you up from your yacht – weather permitting. Put fenders down on the lee side and let the locals do the rest. For the first time this is highly recommended as a large amount of skill and experience is needed to negotiate the swell on the approach to the landing area at Bounty Bay, unless it is absolutely flat. This is extremely rare. Clothing should be comfortable, loose and something you don’t mind getting wet, muddy and, in the summer months, very dusty.