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Join us for a once in a lifetime opportunity


Pitcairn Islands Tourism is pleased to present our 2019 small group Total Solar Eclipse Voyage. On this tour, visit three of the most isolated islands on the planet; secluded Oeno Island which lies in 2019's Total Solar Eclipse "Path To Totality", legendary Pitcairn Island, home to the HMAV Bounty Mutineers, and Henderson Island - UNESCO World Heritage Site.

On Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019, a total solar eclipse will take place in Earth’s southern hemisphere. The eclipse will occur almost entirely over the Southern Pacific Ocean, but it will make landfall at Pitcairn's Oeno Island. As Oeno lies in the "Path to Totality" of the 2019 solar eclipse, this unique 18-night tour will offer you the chance of a lifetime to view this historic event as well as explore UNESCO World Heritage Site, Henderson Island, and visit Pitcairn Island, the most remote inhabited island on earth with a population of less than 50 residents--many of whom are direct descendants of the HMAV Bounty Mutineers.


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Tour Dates:


Commences in Papeete, French Polynesia Saturday 22nd of June
Concludes in Papeete, French Polynesia Wednesday 10th of July

Tour Price:


Book by January 31, 2019 and receive early bird pricing of NZ$16,250
After January 31, 2019, tour is NZ$17,850
Single supplement: from NZ$900*

* Single supplement applies only to land-based accommodation in Papeete, French Polynesia.
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Oeno Island

Tour Inclusions:

(weather and sea conditions allowing):
  • Transfers, welcome and 4 nights accommodation in a Garden Studio, Manava Suite Resort in Papeete, Tahiti including breakfast (3 nights pre tour and 1 night post tour)
  • A visit to James Norman Hall Museum & half day Tahiti tour.
  • Air Tahiti return flights Papeete to Mangareva to board the MV Bravo Supporter
  • A single berth in a twin share cabin on the MV Bravo Supporter (Mangareva / Pitcairn Islands return) All meals provided ( 11 nights on board)
  • 4 days on Pitcairn Island, home to the descendants for HMAV Bounty mutineers - all transfers, meals and land based accommodation
  • 2 Pitcairn Island Tours, an apiary visits to sample the world’s purest honey, guided walks and a visit to the Pitcairn Island Museum
  • Star Gazing from Taro Ground
  • A Pitcairn Island Community Dinner and Inaugural Celebration of Pitcairn’s International Dark Sky Sanctuary Status (the application is with the IDA now)
  • A landed visit to World Heritage Site. Henderson Island
  • A landed visit to Oeno Island for the Total Solar Eclipse on July 2nd
  • Local Pitcairn Island guide for outer islands visits
  • Technical support and guidance and onboard pre-eclipse briefings and lectures


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Bounty Bay, Pitcairn Island
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Manava Suite Resort, Tahiti

About Our Expert Tour Guide, Dr. John Hearnshaw

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Emeritus Professor of Astronomy, University of Canterbury

After graduating from Cambridge with a science degree in 1967, Dr. John Hearnshaw completed a PhD in astronomy at the Australian National University in Canberra. After finishing a doctoral thesis, Dr. Hearnshaw joined two short research fellowships, the first at the Paris Observatory and the second one at Harvard and the Smithsonian Institution in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Dr. Hearnshaw returned to New Zealand to a lecturing position at the University of Canterbury where he was promoted to a professorship in 1995. He eventually retired in 2014 after 38 years. For 25 of those years, Dr. John Hearnshaw served as director of Mt John Observatory at Lake Tekapo, in three different periods. Dr. Hearnshaw spent much of his time developing new instruments to use at Mt John and training graduate students in astronomy (PhD and MSc).

During his time at Canterbury, Dr. Hearnshaw wrote six books on astronomy, most on the topic of the history of stellar astrophysics during the last 200 years. Dr. Hearnshaw currently works for the International Astronomical Union (IAU)-- the society for professional astronomers with roughly 12,000 members world-wide. From 2003 to 2012, Dr. Hearnshaw chaired the IAU Program Group for the World-wide Development of Astronomy, a job that entailed traveling to a wide variety of countries to give lectures, to advise on teaching astronomy and to promote research collaborations.

His travels have taken him to Mongolia, Cuba, Venezuela, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Mauritius, Fiji, North Korea, Uruguay, Paraguay, Trinidad and Tobago, Thailand, and recently in February 2018, to Pitcairn. There he worked with locals to submit their application for International Dark Sky Sanctuary status. On this tour, Dr. Hearnshaw will hope to congratulate Pitcairn's on its International Dark Sky Sanctuary Status at Pitcairn's famed Community Dinner.

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Oeno Island
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Henderson Island

More Information


The Pitcairn Islands Group forms the UK’s only Overseas Territory in the vast Pacific Ocean. Located near the centre of the planet’s largest ocean, the isolation of the Pitcairn Islands is truly staggering. The island group lies around 2,200 km from Tahiti, 2,100 km from Easter Island, and over 5,000 km (approximately the distance from London to New York) away from both New Zealand and South America, which represent the nearest large land masses.

A visit to these legendary islands will grant you experiences few others have witnessed. Untouched subtropical island environments, pristine waters, endemic flora, bird and marine life, an unforgettable sea voyage, incredible hospitality, lasting friendships.


If you are planning on visiting Pitcairn Island and have any questions about booking a Berth, Accommodation options and general tourism enquiries, please visit our website and complete the Contact Us and one of our staff will get back to you shortly.

For more about Accommodations on Pitcairn, please visit our Accommodations page Here

For more about our new passenger shipping service aboard the MV Bravo Supporter, click Here.

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MV Bravo Supporter Passenger Lounge
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MV Bravo Supporter Ensuite Passenger Cabin

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Terms and Conditions


Please note that all reservations are subject to availability at time of booking and the written completion of our booking form which is to be submitted with your booking request. Any verbal quotation is subject to a written advice which will be given upon confirmation of your booking.


Tour dates are timed to connect with international flights between Papeete and key international gateways. Please consult your travel advisor about flights to and from Papeete, Tahiti.


Prices are expressed in New Zealand dollars on a per person (pp) basis and based on minimum of 6 passengers on tour. Please note single supplement applies to Tahiti and Pitcairn accommodation. Only twin share cabins available on Bravo Supporter voyages. Surcharges apply for room upgrade in Tahiti and some homestay accommodation on Pitcairn. Please consult your travel advisor for details.


Inclusions are subject to change. In the case that less than 6 passengers book the tour we reserve the right to cancel the tour and/or amend inclusions and pricing. For items that are not included in the tour, please refer to tour terms and conditions section in this brochure.



Last Updated: November 28th, 2018