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Why Is It Called Easter Island? Interesting Facts About a Mysterious Island

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Discovered on Easter Day 1722, Easter Island (Rapa Nui) is one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world and one of the most interesting. In addition to figuring out how to get to there, here are some crazy travel facts about Easter Island that might just inspire you to go.

Travel Facts About Easter Island (Rapa Nui)

  • The Mataveri International Airport or Isla de Pascua Airport (IPC) is the most remote airport in the world.

  • The airport runway was expanded in the late 1980s to accommodate NASA's space shuttle in case of emergency landings.
  • The largest of the 887 Easter Island heads weighs 82 tons and stands over 32 feet in length.
  • Upon discovery of Easter Island by Europeans, all of the Moai (the head statues) were knocked down, it is believed, by tribal wars.
  • Similar to the mystery surrounding Stonehenge, nobody knows for certain how the Moai were placed in their final locations or erected.
  • Diving conditions are excellent with 60+ meters of visibility compared to 20-30+ meters of visibility on a typical dive.
  • The Moai underwater seen while diving off of the coast of Rapa Nui are made of concrete and were placed there for tourists.
  • Prior to their discovery by Europeans in 1772, the native people of Rapa Nui, for 500 years, believed they were they only people on earth.
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    Source : Iain Morrison

    How to Get to Easter Island

    When you're traveling to the most remote airport in the world, you can expect a few limitations in getting from point A to point B. But the good news is that with a little planning, Easter Island is relatively easy to get to due to tourism being the main industry on the island. You need only have the time and money for the journey.

    Airlines : LAN Airlines is currently the only airline offering flights to and from Easter Island.

    Departure Points : You have two options as a departure point, 1) Santiago de Chile offers daily flights to Easter Island and 2) Tahiti offers flights once per week.

    Flight Time : Minimum flight time is 5.5 hours to the nearest continent.

    Cost : How much does it cost to fly to Easter Island? That depends on when you book it. Because there is very little competition, you can expect to pay somewhere between $300-1200 for a roundtrip flight from Santiago de Chile.

    By Sea : For you really adventurous travelers, and not for those with sensitive stomachs, you can hop on board a sail boat from New Zealand with Tallship Soren Larsen on their once annual journey to Easter Island. By the way, it takes 35 days...

    Is Easter Island on your travel bucket list?

    Author Bio:
    Veronica Morrison is an intrepid traveler and founder of From the Upside a Top 15 International Travel Blog. She is passionate about responsible travel and aims to help others get out and explore the world while improving themselves and the world around them.

    You can follow her adventures on her blog From the Upside or on Twitter.