Visiting Easter Island

Easter Island is a small volcanic island situated in the Pacific Ocean, and is about 2,200 miles west of Chile.  It is one of the most isolated islands in the world and is intriguing to most for it’s unclear, mysterious history.  The island features huge figures formed out of volcanic rock that was shaped by someone or something to look like solemn heads.  The cruise industry has been making trips to Easter Island for years, however only about 30% of them let passengers step on the island itself.  The reason for this is the location of the island and the weather which it faces year round, it makes it difficult for ships to send tenders to let passengers stand foot on the island.  Easter Island also doesn’t feature any ports large enough for cruise ships, so sending smaller boats are the only option to gain access on land.

The massive stone heads, called Moai are the primary reason for the popularity of Easter island, as they’ve been copied and mimicked throughout culture.  There are approximately 1,000 of these Moai inhabiting the island.  Along with the these massive stone sculptures, there is also a native people inhabiting the land.  These Polynesian inhabitants, named the Rapa Nui were estimated to have arrived on the volcanic island between 800 and 1200 CE, and in 1722 the population was estimated to be between 2,000 and 3,000.  However, due to European invasion as well as diseases and slavery, the population sunk to a low in 1877, when only 111 of the native people remained.  Today there are estimated to be around 3,500 Rapa Nui inhabiting the island, along with about 4,200 more inhabitants that immigrated to the island and now call it home.  On your cruise to Easter Island, you’ll be able to meet and interact with the Rapa Nui, and learn about their culture and their way of life.

Cruises to Easter island depart either out of Tahiti or one of the many ports in Chile.  There are also options to visit the island while on a world cruise.  Visiting this island of mystery is definitely something that’s on the bucket list of many.  So will you visit the Easter Island?  And if you do, will you find the answer to the mystery?

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