Located over 4000km west of Chile in the Southern Pacific Ocean, Easter Island remains one of the most remote and isolated Islands in the South Pacific. Famed for its enormous stone heads that stand some 4m tall and weigh an unbelievable 14 tons. The creation and transportation of these colossal statues speak volumes about their creators and bear testament to their remarkable physical triumphs and creativity.
Carved from volcanic rock these giant statues lie scattered across the island, yet no one knows their exact significance. Some scholars believe the Moai were created to honour ancestral chiefs who were believed to be direct descendants from the gods. Their supernatural powers guard and protect the community, hence the statues being positioned facing the ocean, as if to watch over the people and protect the island from any unwanted visitors.
The statues of Easter Island and their enduring appeal have contributed towards the Rapa Nui National Park being awarded its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. However, although these giant statues make it difficult to peel your eyes away from them, there is a lot more to see and do on Easter Island. With its rich volcanic soil, rocky sea cliffs and giant calderas, Easter Island boasts one of the South Pacific’s most dramatic landscapes, making a hike along the brim of a dormant volcano hard to resist!
Despite its barren landscape Easter Island is home to a magnificent white sand beach. Bordered by towering coconut palms and blessed with soft white powder sand beach and crystal clear waters, the Anakena beach is an oasis of paradise, warm enough to swim in year round.
Bellow the water’s surface the scenery is just as spectacular with mysterious caves and tunnels of lava rock, piercing blue sea and many curious creatures. Due to its isolation many of the underwater species are endemic, making for a unique diving experience. The usual suspects that can regularly be encountered on dives include eels, turtles, porcupine fish, butterfly fish and the occasional pelagic.
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