Easter Island

One of my favorite travel destinations that was on my bucket list for 45 years before I stopped making excuses and just did it! Easter Island did not disappoint me. Learn more about this interesting island.
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Beautiful Anakena Beach on Easter Island. The pink sand contrasts nicely with the turquoise water and blue sky - and there are Moai statues here too! #easterisland #isladepascua

Beautiful Anakena Beach on Easter Island. The pink sand contrasts nicely with the turquoise water and blue sky - and there are Moai statues here too!

The only original #Moai statue on Easter Island that has both topknot and eyes. The eyes are not original but show how all the Moai must have appeared once. You can see this Moai at Tahai on the edge of town. #easterisland #isladepascua

The only original statue on Easter Island that has both topknot and eyes. The eyes are not original but show how all the Moai must have appeared once. You can see this Moai at Tahai on the edge of town.

Anakena bay is the perfect place to go for a swim on Easter Island. #easterisland #isladepascua

Anakena bay is the perfect place to go for a swim on Easter Island.

This group of #Moai statues at Anakena Beach on Easter Island still retain their topknots. These statues are in a better than average condition because they were protected by a covering of wind-blown sand until they were restored and placed back upright again. #easterisland #isladepascua

This group of statues at Anakena Beach on Easter Island still retain their topknots. These statues are in a better than average condition because they were protected by a covering of wind-blown sand until they were restored and placed back upright again.

This solitary #Moai (statue) is found at Ahu Riata, Easter Island. Find out more at http://easterislandguidebook.com #easterisland #isladepascua

This solitary #Moai (statue) is found at Ahu Riata, Easter Island. Find out more at http://easterislandguidebook.com #easterisland #isladepascua

One of the #Moai (statues) at Ahu Akivi, Easter Island. #easterisland #isladepascua

One of the (statues) at Ahu Akivi, Easter Island.

Anakena Beach with pink sand and coconut palms. #easterisland #isladepascua

Anakena Beach with pink sand and coconut palms.


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STAR GATES:  Easter Island, home of the huge statues called moai, is a petite dot of volcanic matter in the South Pacific Ocean. Called by Chileans the Isla de Pascua, Easter Island is known as Rapanui by its population, today primarily newcomers from Chile and the Polynesian islands.

Easter Island, home of the huge statues called moai, is a petite dot of volcanic matter in the South Pacific Ocean. Called by Chileans.

The mystical round stone at Easter Island. If you place a compass over it, the compass will go crazy trying to find directions. The local Rapa Nui people believe that this stone has some healing powers.

The mystical round stone at Easter Island. If you place a compass over it, the compass will go crazy trying to find directions. The local Rapa Nui people believe that this stone has some healing powers.

The Statues that Walked: Unraveling the Mystery of Easter Island

The Statues that Walked: Unraveling the Mystery of Easter Island by Terry Hunt, Carl Lipo

DVD: Easter Island has mystified the world ever since the first Europeans arrived in 1722. How and why did the ancient islanders build and move nearly 900 giant statues, and how did they transform a presumed paradise into a treeless wasteland, bringing ruin upon their island and themselves? Nova explores controversial recent claims that challenge decades of previous thinking about the islanders.

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