41. Uncover the mysteries of Easter Island

Ranked #41 in our countdown of ‘100 Ultimate Travel Experiences of a Lifetime’.

Easter Island or Rapa Nui, is a Polynesian island in the south eastern Pacific Ocean (it is actually a special territory of Chile, having been annexed by the South American country in 1883) famous for the 887 grim faced statues or moai which are dotted throughout its landscape.

With the tallest statue measuring 10 meters in height and the heaviest weighing 86 tons, there is no written record of how the monoliths were constructed and moved around the island by the Rapa Nui people, a fact that has enhanced the mystery surrounding them for centuries.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, much of the island falls within the Rapa Nui National Park, and highlights include the quarry of Rano Raraku which is scattered with moai in various stages of construction.


I fly to South America often and each time I wonder about Easter Island. What’s that level of ocean isolation really like? How spectacular and bizarre are those moai?

– Andrew Bain


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