Easter Island (Rapa Nui) in the Pacific Ocean is not always included in definitions of Oceania. I wanted to include it here however, as it is so unique and different from Chile, its (politically) recognised parent country. There is in fact a declaration of independence on the island, which can be seen in the main town.

Easter Island is of course famous for the Moai, the iconic statues built by the Polynesian inhabitants over a period of several hundred years. These stone statues are dotted all over the island, and you’ll need a car or other wheels to see them all. Plan on spending at least 2 days exploring the island and visiting the various moai sites. Three or 4 days would be ideal to get the full experience of a fascinating island. I don’t normally go in for guided tours, but the one I went on was very good. The guide really knew her stuff.

Food and drink in Hanga Roa is good, and not too expensive. We camped there, which made accommodation quite cheap – but we were there for the total solar eclipse – so we had no choice! The eclipse itself was utterly phenomenal! Well worth the high price of the flight to get there for a once in a lifetime spectacle. To see such a long eclipse on such a weird and wonderful island was an amazing experience. It was cloudy in the morning so we were not hopeful for visibility – but luckily the clouds cleared and we were treated to the full on solar eclipse. I was on a mountain for the event, just overlooking Hanga Roa.

Ahu Tahai – Easter Island

Ahu Tahai – Easter Island

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Ahu with Moai at Anekena – Easter Island

Ahu with Moai at Anekena – Easter Island

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Half-Buried Moai at Rano Raraku – Easter Island

Half-Buried Moai at Rano Raraku – Easter Island

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Moai at Rano Raraku – Easter Island

Moai at Rano Raraku – Easter Island

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Ranu Kau Crater – Easter Island

Ranu Kau Crater – Easter Island

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Ahu Kote Riku – Easter Island

Ahu Kote Riku – Easter Island

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Petroglyphs at Orongo – Easter Island

Petroglyphs at Orongo – Easter Island

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Declaration Sign Hanga Roa – Easter Island

Declaration Sign Hanga Roa – Easter Island

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Sky over Hanga Roa – Easter Island

Sky over Hanga Roa – Easter Island

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Hanga Roa from Ranu Kau – Easter Island

Hanga Roa from Ranu Kau – Easter Island

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Anekena Beach – Easter Island

Anekena Beach – Easter Island

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Moai Head at Rano Raraku – Easter Island

Moai Head at Rano Raraku – Easter Island

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Moai of Ahu Tongariki – Easter Island

Moai of Ahu Tongariki – Easter Island

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Eroded Moai – Easter Island

Eroded Moai – Easter Island

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Hillside of Ranu Kau – Easter Island

Hillside of Ranu Kau – Easter Island

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Motu Nui and Motu Iti – Easter Island

Motu Nui and Motu Iti – Easter Island

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Sun and Clouds Hanga Roa – Easter Island

Sun and Clouds Hanga Roa – Easter Island

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Sign Post – Easter Island

Sign Post – Easter Island

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Semi-Excavated Moai at Rano Raraku – Easter Island

Semi-Excavated Moai at Rano Raraku – Easter Island

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Ahu Tongariki – Easter Island

Ahu Tongariki – Easter Island

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Hanga Roa on Eclipse Day 2010 – Easter Island

Hanga Roa on Eclipse Day 2010 – Easter Island

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Rainbow over Moai – Easter Island

Rainbow over Moai – Easter Island

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Total Solar Eclipse 2010 – Easter Island

Total Solar Eclipse 2010 – Easter Island

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Moai – Easter Island

Moai – Easter Island

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Rainbow over Ranu Kau Crater – Easter Island

Rainbow over Ranu Kau Crater – Easter Island

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Statue with Petroglyphs – Easter Island

Statue with Petroglyphs – Easter Island

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Total Solar Eclipse 11th July 2010 – Easter Island

Total Solar Eclipse 11th July 2010 – Easter Island

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Near Totality Eclipse Day 2010 – Easter Island

Near Totality Eclipse Day 2010 – Easter Island

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