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8 real pirate havens worth a visit

Aug. 5, 2014, 10:08 a.m.
Pitcairn Island

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Pitcairn Island

Though technically mutinous sailors (from the famous HMS Bounty), not pirates, the people who first settled on Pitcairn Island have a fascinating story that is being played out today by descendants who call the island home. Because Pitcairn is in such a remote corner of the South Pacific, the Bounty's mutineers and their Tahitian companions were able to live without any outside contact for almost two decades after they escaped on the stolen ship.

The remains of the Bounty, originally burned by mutiny leader Fletcher Christian and his crew, are still visible underwater in one of Pitcairn's small bays. It is not easy to visit this island (most people arrive by ship), but if you want a truly unfiltered look at history, then this is certainly the best destination on our list.