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SOUTH AMERICA : CHILE: EASTER ISLAND

Easter Island is in the middle of nowhere, a small Polynesian island in the Pacific Ocean that's more than 2,000 miles from Tahiti to the west and more than 2,000 miles from Chile to the east. But its extreme isolation is also responsible for Easter Island being one of the most fascinating places a holiday traveller can possibly visit. Make a travel booking for Easter Island with Direct Flights and enjoy a one-of-a-kind holiday in this incredible land.

Easter Island, Chile

     

Easter Island is in the middle of nowhere, a small Polynesian island in the Pacific Ocean that's more than 2,000 miles from Tahiti to the west and more than 2,000 miles from Chile to the east. The nearest habitable land is Pitcairn Island, 1,250 miles away, making Easter Island one of the most isolated places on the planet. But its extreme isolation is also responsible for Easter Island being one of the most fascinating places a holiday traveller can possibly visit. There is absolutely nowhere in the world that is quite like Easter Island. Book your Easter Island and Chilean travel package today with Direct Flights.
       
A small triangle of volcanic rock, Easter Island (Rapa Nui) features amazing landscapes, with three extinct volcanoes, many volcanic caves and lava tubes, brilliant beaches and sparkling blue water.  But it is of course best known for its archaeological sites - the giant stone monoliths, known as Moai, that dot its coastline.  Much of the island is protected within Rapa Nui National Park, a fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site that's enveloped in mystery.
       
Easter Island, now a special territory of Chile, received its English name when a European explorer encountered it on Easter Sunday in 1722. The large stone statues were carved during a relatively short period of time long before the island's discovery by the western world. Although some are buried up to their necks by shifting soils, the common name "Easter Island Heads" is a misnomer: the statues are actually complete torsos, kneeling on their knees and holding their hands over their stomachs. Roughly half of the 887 statues found to date are still in the immediate vicinity of Rano Raraku, the quarry in which they were produced. Most of the other Moai were somehow transported to, and placed upon, a variety of ceremonial structures called ahu, a feat that is one of the great achievements of Pacific prehistory. Visit these fascinating statues on Easter Island when you book Easter Island holiday packages and flights from Australia to Easter Island with Direct Flights.
       
A curious place, Easter Island has long been the subject of much speculation. The paramount questions raised by this enigmatic island are how - and why - did its ancient inhabitants carve and transport the massive Moai?  How, in fact, did the Easter Islanders even get to this isolated place?  There are no answers.  Easter Island is one of the most unique places visitors will ever encounter; an open-air museum that showcases a fascinating, but unfortunately lost, culture. Book a holiday to Easter Island today with Direct Flights.
       
The Rapanui, the current inhabitants of this mysterious place and the descendants of the statue-carvers, call Easter Island "the navel of the world." They are among the friendliest people in the world and happily welcome visitors on cheap holidays to Easter Island. Many locals who provide accommodation in Easter Island greet visitors at the airport. Staying in a private home is a great way to meet the islanders and experience their local culture. Flights to Easter Island from Santiago, Chile or Papeete, Tahiti can be booked through Direct Flights, allowing you the opportunity to ponder the Pacific's largest and most awe-inspiring collection of prehistoric monuments. And connecting flights to Tahiti from Australia are easy to obtain through Direct Flights.
       
The volcanic craters of Rano Raraku and Rano Kau are two of the most remarkable sites on Easter Island.  The volcanic rock quarry at Rano Raraku is the birthplace of the Moai and the scene of what must have been hundreds of labourers carving full-time.  Visitors there can see partially-finished Moai on one side of the quarry, and a hike down and then up to the opposite side will reward you with one of the most dramatic sites on the island.  Rano Kau has a crater lake which forms one of the island's only three natural bodies of fresh water.
       
Easter Island also boasts one of the richest collections of petroglyphs (prehistoric pictures carved into rock) in all of Polynesia. The island is riddled with caves that show signs of human use, with defensive fortifications as well as the fabulous petroglyphs.
       
About 25 restaurants cater to Easter Island visitors, with menus that tout a wide range of seafood.  The port town of Hanga Roa offers a number of small shops and an open market where you can pick up souvenirs (mostly inspired by the Moai) to bring home from your once-in-a-lifetime trip to Easter Island.  Easter Island features two dive shops for deep-sea offshore scuba diving, with unique caves, corals and fish for divers to explore.  And Rapa Nui also offers some wonderful hiking and surfing, along with inexpensive horseback riding along the rocky coastline.  Discount travel to Easter Island is a perfect holiday getaway for those who love history, mystery and nature.  Catch one of the cheap flights to Easter Island that Direct Flights can arrange for you, and enjoy a one-of-a-kind holiday at this fascinating prehistoric enigma.
       
       
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