I'm sorry to be such a wet rag with regard to Pitcairn. It must be emphasized that anybody going there cannot leave their boat anchored and go ashore for a day. There is no safe anchorage anywhere, most boats that visit Pitcairn will send one person ashore while the other person stays on board, drifting around for the day. We anchored on a glass calm day and we almost lost our bow and anchor when we left. It's a difficult place. Imagine having words with your neighbor and not ever being able to get away from him.
It helps to read the history of the island. The one I read was a British book published on the anniversary of the mutiny. Pared down with details a bit sketchy, there were 11 mutineers, two polynesian men and 13 polynesian women. When a british ship refound the island the two polynesian men and all but one of the mutineers had killed each other, and a bunch of the women were dead as well. There were something like 21 children and several women and one mutineer, who had found god at some point in their self-imposed exile.
When we visited the island, there were about 100 inhabitants, worried about the declining populations as their children often didn't return to the island after secondary school in New Zealand. There's a lot more to the history than this quick summary. It just isn't a paradise, and it never was.
When we were there we learned that there were two factions. There was the fundamentalist faction that didn't smoke, drink, dance, etc. Then there was the group that would have liked a bit more out of life than that. This second group apparently went on an annual retreat to uninhabited ?Thompson's Island? for a week or two and apparently it was a bacchanal far from the disapproving eyes of the more straitlaced of the islands. Obviously, this information was gossip provided by the Kiwis, but from comments we heard from a few of the islanders, it doesn't sound too far from reality.
Pitcairn is a rock sticking up out of the water. No flat plain, just ups and downs. This picture is Bounty Bay, where they burned the Bounty, thereby marooning themselves permanently on this giant rock.