The monoliths of Easter Island have fascinated and puzzled Westerners since the Dutch seaman Roggeven made landfall there on Easter Sunday, 1722. The mystery of Easter Island's first settlers remains just that - a mystery. Today, most anthropologists believe the island was settled as part of the great wave of Polynesian emigration. (The oldest of the Moai, as the great monoliths are called, date to 700 A.D.) The society that produced the Moai flourished during the 16th and 17th centuries, but population growth, deforestation and food shortages led to its collapse. Today some 3,400 souls inhabit this 64-square-mile island, which lies some 2,200 miles equidistant from Tahiti and South America.
The society of Rapa Nui possessed stone-working skills on a par with those found in the Inca Empire. Islanders also possessed a script called Rongorongo, the only written language in all of Oceania.
Please note: The current fee for entry into the National Park is $80 per person, this fee is included in all organized shore tours. Independent passengers are required to pay this fee on arrival at the park.
Easter Island is an anchorage port. Transportation from the ship to shore will be via the ship's tender service.
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Set on the edge of an extinct volcano, Orongo was the 16th century ceremonial site of the birdman cult. Today, the area is covered with petroglyphs carved with mythical bird-man creatures.
Some of the earliest moai structures can be found in this desolate spot. Believed to date to 690 A.D., these gigantic monoliths are one of the most photographed and easily recognizable icons on the island.
Unlike other moai sites around the island, the seven moai located here sit nine miles inland. Believed to represent seven young explorers, the statues are also the only ones facing the ocean.
The island's 900 moai were created in this volcanic quarry. Here, you'll find over 390 eyeless statues laying on the ground or half-buried in the crater wall. Nearby is the unusual "kneeling" moai.
The lake of the 1,000-foot tall extinct volcano is one of the island's only three natural bodies of fresh water. A natural site of immense beauty, the views from the top are phenomenal.
A mysterious site that has led many experts to believe that the ruins of a monument and the precise stonework of an ancient wall found here are actually the work of South America's Incas.
On Easter Island, there are three main volcanoes. Ma'unga Terevaka is the highest elevation, and its altitude is 512 meters above sea level. Dominating the center of the island, it boasts intense panoramic vistas set off by the deep blue Pacific Ocean gleaming on the horizon
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Orongo Village & Ahu Akivi
3 hours | Easter Island | IPC-205
Your first stop on your three hour guided tour is Rano Kau, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Reaching a sky-scraping 1,063 feet, the crater of this extinct volcano is so large it can be seen from space. A photo stop reveals glistening lakes along the crater's floor. Nearby is the village of Orongo. Built in the 16th century, Orongo was the site of a punishing competition that determined who would rule the island for a year. Next is a visit to Ahu Huri a Urenga, a restored platform with one re-erected statue, displaying 4 hands, which makes it unique on Rapa Nui. Then, you're off to Ahu Akivi. According to ancient legend, these 14-foot-tall moai represent seven young explorers who went to sea to find new land. Finally, you'll enjoy an idyllic drive back to ship.
This enjoyable three hour tour is designed for those who wish to take in the sights. First, you'll travel through the stunning terrain to Ahu Akivi, which offers commanding views of seven stone giants. According to ancient legend, these 14 feet tall moai represent seven young explorers. Next, is a stop at Vaihu where you'll find moai and the ruins of an old temple. Your final stop is the moai complex called Ahu Tahai. These five silent stone figures are all very different from each other in scale and shape. Yet each are perched atop ahu, or stone altars, all with their backs to the sea. Here is where you'll find the renowned Ko Te Riku, the moai with the mesmerizing black and white eyes. Then, enjoy another scenic ride back to the pier.
Learn about the mysterious moai statues during this three hour guided tour. First, is Ahu Tahai. Believed to be constructed around 690 A.D., the serene statues are all perched atop ahu, or stone altars. Here you'll find the renowned Ko Te Riku, the moai with the mesmerizing black and white eyes. Next is Vaihu, where you'll not only see a number of moai but the ruins of an old temple, as well. Then, you'll visit the fascinating Rano Raraku crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to over 390 statues lying or half buried in the slopes of an extinct volcano. Finally, you'll see the 15 stone giants of Ahu Tongariki. A tidal wave in 1960 forced the moai - many weighing 30 tons - several hundred feet inland to where you see them today. Then, you'll return to the pier along the same scenic route with cherished and lasting memories.
Located on one of the most remote and isolated spots on earth, Easter Island, discovered on Easter Sunday, 1722, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its fascinating human-form stone statues, called moai, which form the world's largest open-air museum. Board the motorcoach (not air-conditioned) and set off from port to one of the most ancient statue sites on the island, Ahu Tahai, to see three restored platforms and the only statue with eyes. Continue on to the south coast, where you'll find Rano Raraku Volcano and over 397 different moai, the largest collection on the island, which populate the slopes of this extinct volcano. Then, it's only a short drive to the restored platform Tongariki, with 15 re-erected statues restored after a tsunami hit the area. Conclude with a drive to Anakena, where you will be greeted with a pink-sand beach and two additional restored platforms, Ahu Nau Nau and Ahu Ature Huke. Return to the ship with spectacular photographs and memories of this day.
Enchanting Easter Island, discovered by Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen in 1722, has beguiled visitors with its man-made wonders and natural beauty. During this five-hour guided tour, you'll take in the astonishing sights of Ahu Akivi and enjoy a traditional umu feast. Journey via motorcoach for 30 minutes to Ahu Akivi to view the seven stone giants situated not on the coast but nine miles inland. Although they look out towards the ocean, they were originally erected to stand guard over a large village, which today lies in ruins. After filling your camera and exploring this historic site, continue on to Anakena Beach, where an authentic umu feast, a Polynesian tradition, awaits. The umu is a stone oven heated with hot lava rocks. It is the traditional way to cook, placing food directly on the rocks, wrapped in banana leaves or plaited in coconut fronds. A folkloric show entertains while you dine. Return to port after this fascinating day.