Easter Island (Rapa Nui)
Set adrift in the South Pacific Ocean lies one of the most isolated and mysterious islands on the planet. For thousands of years the people of this tiny speck of land developed a unique and dynamic culture, whose crowning achievement were the bizarre Moai, Easter Island’s massive stone statues.
GOOD TIME TO VISIT: all year round
For hundreds of years this island lay cut off from the rest of the world, and from this isolation arose one of the most extraordinary feats of ingenuity, art, and obsessive mining and carving that has ever been seen.
The magnificent moai, for which the island is most famous, number an astounding 887 statues and some can weigh up to 25 tonnes with intricate carvings and detailing and are spread out across the island in groups or as lonely figures on deserted hillsides.
Learn about this fascinating culture in a wild and beautiful setting with its rolling green hills and peaceful white sand beaches.
Although the climate here is subtropical you will notice a distinct lack of trees and vegetation as most were cleared by the islanders generations ago so as to fulfil their obsessive compulsions to appease the gods. With a choice of great hotels in beautiful surroundings you can now enjoy this unique experience for yourself.