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Easter Island, Chile

Easter Island, Chile

One of the most isolated islands on Earth, Easter Island is located in the southeastern Pacific Ocean. Officially a territory of Chile, it lies thousands of miles off the coast roughly halfway to Tahiti. The island is famous for its 887 extant monumental statues, called moai, created by the early Rapanui people centuries ago. Not surprisingly, the well-publicized moai have overshadowed the island’s other tourist attractions. But Easter Island also offers some great diving and surfing as well as two volcanic craters and several sandy beaches.

The entire island is a veritable living museum; it boasts two gorgeous beaches, phenomenal scuba diving in indigo blue waters, wild horses, and a rich Polynesian culture that has survived against all odds.