Easter Island



Isolation: If you like the whole middle of nowhere thing, then Easter Island should be your dream destination. It’s the most isolated inhabited island in the world, 2,200 miles away from continental South America, and 1,290 miles away from the next spot where people live. And that’s Pitcairn Island, which is hardly a bustling hub. In other words, don’t think about going for a swim to visit the neighbours.

 

The moai: Say “Easter Island” and the image that will spring to most minds is the moai, the mysterious stone statues that dot the island. There are over 800 of them around the island, averaging four metres in height and around 11 tonnes in weight. No-one really knows what they were supposed to be or why they were constructed. The ones that are standing have been put back up by archaeologists.

 

A warning from the past: The moai were rolled into place using logs. The trees that those logs came from are noticeable by their absence – Easter Island is a warning example of the dangers of deforestation. The Easter Islanders tore so many trees down that the island’s resources were depleted. What’s left now is an eerily barren landscape.

 

Volcano craters: The other look that the island does very well is volcanic. The Rano Raraku crater is the quarry where the moai were made and many of them are still in there in various stages of completion. Arguably more impressive from a natural perspective is the Rano Kau volcano. Standing on the edge of the crater, looking down into the lake is the sort of experience the phrase “awe-inspiring” was invented for.

 

Anakena and Ovahe beaches: Volcanic islands tend not to do beaches all that well – unless it’s black sand you’re after. Easter Island is an odd exception though – Anakena and Ovahe beaches on the north-eastern coast are everything thing that the Pacific Island stereotype promises. Dazzling white sand, clear waters, that sort of thing. Lovely stuff.

 

Action man activities: It may be a long, long way from anywhere, but the diving equipment has arrived on Easter Island. It’s not about the coral and sealife here, but the underwater volcanic landscapes – think caves, arches and cliffs in the ocean. Plenty of other adventures area available too – surfing and kayaking are good bets, while horse riding up to the top of the Terevaka volcano, rock climbing and caving are also options for the more physically inclined. 

 

You can get Easter Island included as a stopover on a number of RTWs. Start planning here

Check out our 4 day Easter Island adventure here