The winter holidays are just a few weeks away. If you haven’t made up your mind yet, how about someplace unique such as Easter Island? The island may be tiny, tucked in the far eastern corner of Polynesia in the middle of the Pacific Ocean in South America, but it has a ton of fun to offer. From the mysterious Moai statues of Rapa Nui that attracts curious visitors from near and far to volcanic hillsides, scuba diving, exploring the serene Anakena beach to watching the sunset from Tahai, Easter Island has a lot to offer. Check out the five best things to do here to make planning easier.
Rapa Nui is the local word for Easter Island or Isla de Pascua in Spanish. The island is a part of Chile although it is located 4,000 km away from South America. Spanish is commonly spoken here as is the local language called Rapa Nui. We recommend at least a week to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the island.
1. Sunrise at Ahu Tongariki: This location holds some of the best-restored moais on the island. The gigantic statues were reinstalled to their traditional positions after a massive Tsunami toppled them over in 1960. Sunrise here starts late between 7:00 to 8:30 AM but lights up the entire sky magnifying the mystique and magnificence of the moais. Don’t miss capturing its beauty with a good camera.
2. Explore in a Rented Car: A tour serves well to explore the island to get familiar with the island’s culture and history from the locals. If you have more time, rent a car to drive to the spots that attracted you most. Even better, set out on a rented bicycle, ATV or dirt bike to discover little-known spots, eateries, nooks, and crannies. There’s a host of Polynesian, Chilean, Japanese fare, seafood, and cafes to dine in. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available too.
3. Swim at Anakena Beach: Rapa Nui is mostly rocky thanks to the volcanic debris that created the island. However, there are white sands and turquoise waters at the Anakena Beach that you can’t miss, creating a tropical paradise that’s a sight for sore eyes. There are seven moais here that all stand tall, creating a majestic sight.
4. Scuba Diving: The moais are not just on the island. There is one on the stunning ocean bed too, 20 m below sea level. This one has a different story though. It is a fake, created for a film and abandoned in the water. There are scuba diving trips to see the sight for yourself and take Instagram-worthy snaps. The water is warm and clear; visibility is sharp. There are great diving spots around Rapa Nui too. Diving is not cheap but the memory will last a lifetime.
5. The Quarry at Rano Raraku: While there are many more attractions that make Easter Island unforgettable, the quarry at Rano Raraku stands out as the most enigmatic and enthralling. It is located on the edge of the Terevaka volcano where the moai were hand carved. The moai statues lie around in all stages of construction. Some of them are barely carved. Others are half complete but forgotten by time. There’s a massive volcanic crater that offers epic views of the sea. There’s more, but that’s for you to discover at your own pace. How do you go there? Just contact Durham Travel.
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