The naval of the world, the epicenter of mystery and intrigue, an isolated paradise, crammed with history and marvels that still leave historians and scientists scratching their heads today. A silent connection between land, sea and Moai, leaves them standing stoically, staring into a mystical abyss, holding onto their secrets for an eternity. Warm water washes onto the island´s shores, lapping at the great stone monoliths, ancient observers of sacred traditions. Welcome to Rapa Nui.
Rapa Nui, called Easter Island by European sailors in the 1700s, is one of the most isolated islands on the planet. It is a volcanic island made up of three extinct volcanoes. The landscapes are often barren, yet inviting, and the sublime rocky cliffs all over the island will draw you into a serene and dream-like lullaby.
Polynesians have lived on the island for as long as 1,000 years. They thrived on the island for quite some time, with a population peak of 15,000 at one point. A series of factors led to environmental degradation, and finally, their encounter with Europeans further reduced the native population. Today, however, the island enjoys a small, yet stable community of about 6,000 people.
The ancient cultural traditions of the Rapa Nui people are filled with stories and tales to keep one fascinated for an entire lifetime. The main evidence of this is in the abundant Moais on the island, giant stone statues, almost all facing inland, keeping alive the ancestral lineages of the island.
Given the island’s location, naturally there is an ample offering of fresh seafood available, including delicious tuna steaks and many other treats. There is also a wide variety of other food available in a range of prices and locations.
Of course, you’ll want to take in a show one night (or more) displaying the traditional Rapa Nui dances. Strong men and sensual women will jump and sway and sing and chant, invoking the memories of generations upon generations, all the way back to their Polynesian roots. Truly, one should not leave the island without having this experience.
The islanders say that Makemake, the half-man, half-bird creator of humanity was born from a skull that floated from the sea onto the island. Next he would call numerous seabirds to the island as well. Like the migratory seabird, you may find yourself inexplicably drawn to the island. Maybe the naval of the world is just the right place for you to reconnect…