Easter Island – April 1-4, 2012

Easter Island – April 1-4, 2012

One of the “must-see” items on my bucket list has been to see Easter Island located 2,180 miles (3,510 kilometers) west of the coast of Chile in South America and is the south easternmost point of the Polynesian Triangle.  Ever since I was a child, I was always fascinated by pictures of the “big heads” and the theories over who built them and why (of course, these included the “they were built by aliens” theory).

When I was telling some friends of my planned trip to Easter Island, I was met with mixed reactions. Those that knew of the island’s mystic past commented “wows,” while those who had no inclining of what the island was about greeted me with “what’s there?” A majority of folks gave me the live “what’s there to do there.” Many of those who knew about the island assumed it would just be a a day trip because they assumed that there were no hotels on the island and that staying a day was sufficient. Be that as it may, I got strange responses to my plan from friends. For me, just being on Easter Island was sufficient reason for the adventure.

See the Wikipedia entry for Easter Island.

Easter Island is claimed to be the most remote inhabited island in the world.

View Easter Island (Rapa Nui) in a larger map


The island is known by three names “Easter Island” in English, “Isla de Pascua” in Spanish, and in the ancient Polynesian dialect… “Rapa Nui”. One phrase used to describe the island due to its distance from the nearest land mass was “land’s end”. Despite its name, the island has nothing to do with the Christian season of Easter or the death of Jesus Christ. It was simply named by the Dutch explorer Jacom Roggenveen who landed on the island on Easter Sunday in 1722.

I felt that it would be quaint to visit the island during Easter week. Just makes it more a little special I thought.

Before I even dreamed of going to Easter Island, a high school classmate of mine and fellow adventurer Gabby Malvar (one only other person I personally knew who visited the island), once told me that was difficult and complicated to get to the island, thus I blocked visiting the island from my list in the near future.  After visiting Machu Picchu last year, I decided that I needed a challenge to top the ancient Peruvian city in the sky. While poking around on the internet, I chanced upon the name of the airport on the island and its airport code which was IPC. I plugged into Expedia and checked out flights. That is when I realized that a trip to Easter Island was not as complicated as a I thought (Read my post on “Getting to Easter Island” for further details).

I really enjoyed myself on Easter Island. In the 4 days I was on the island, I pretty much covered the whole of the island (that which was accessible by land) which included a horseback ride to the highest point of the island, and scuba diving to several meters below sea level.

Instead of writing long posts on what I saw (as I did elsewhere on this blog), I decided to split up the destinations into individual blog posts. This particular posting would serve as my “Table of Contents” to each of these posts on my awesome adventure to Easter Island… enjoy!


Getting to Easter Island




Hanga Roa




Ahu Vinapu, Rano Kau, and Orongo


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Rano Raraku


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Ahu Tongariki


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Ahu Te Pito Kura


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Anakena Beach




Puna Pao


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Ahu Akivi


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Ana Te Pahu and Ana Te Pora


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The Highs and Lows of Easter Island


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And there you have it. Four awesome days on one of the most fascinating places on earth. Despite the 12 posts listed above. I have hundreds more photos and dozens more stories to tell about Easter Island. I guess that will have to wait for a later time. The food I have eaten, the people I have met, the things I have seen… I think even sunsets needs its own post. But for now, this will have to do.


My visit on Easter Island finally puts a tick box against that one point on my bucket list. Not sure what follows next after Machu Picchu and Easter Island. Oh well…


…what remains is the big problem. Where do I go next year?


  1. great adventure, jo. the next destination you should visit is the place where the aliens who built these stone heads came from

    • Haha! Pwede. When there is an airline which offers flights na and when it appears on Expedia.com.

  2. Nice photos and stories! It’s very timely I stumbled upon this as I’ve just recently read about the Easter Island. I did think that going there would be very tedious.. Good thing you shared how to go there! I’m bookmarking your post.. one day, I also do want to check it out :)

  3. wow..its amazing how you got all of the attractions’ names correctly. hehe i was there last feb myself and i do remember people’s reaction when they heard of the destination. mostly though, people here in san diego just said ‘easter… where?!’. haha
    the island is amazing. history, rich. but the heat was terrible on feb and my nose turned brown the first day there.. but boy, the memories :)

    • I kept the map they gave me, so I had a cheat-sheet when I wrote up my posts. :)

  4. Standing next to the moai is way cool. I’m sure you had a great time there.


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