Easter Island is located in the southeast portion of the Pacific Ocean. It is considered to be a part of the Polynesian Islands, and is home to a world famous group of 887 statues. Its name comes from Jacob Roggeveen, a Dutch explorer who first recorded encountering the island on Easter Sunday in 1722. The island is very isolated from the other Pacific Islands and is located west of Chile. It stays very moderate in weather, with the highest temperatures reaching about 82 degrees Fahrenheit, and the lowest temperatures at about 64 degrees Fahrenheit. The island also receives year round rainfall, especially in April which is the wettest month. There are three main volcanoes on Easter Island: Terevaka, Poike, and Rano Kau, but all have been dormant since the last eruption over 100,000 years ago. The island has a long and rich history, involving war, famine, slavery, destruction of the rain forests, and a severe decline in population. The statues (called moai) are a commonly visited landmark, and are often by what Easter Island is known.
This island has a very religious and sacred heritage, so guests who visit often enjoy experiencing this part of the history. The statues are often called the “Heads of Easter Island” but upon closer inspection, many of them are actually full bodies who are kneeling. The island is very unique and often considered to be mysterious since much of the history is unclear, especially how the numerous statues got there, who created them, and what their exact purpose serves. However, many visitors enjoy trips to this far-away island every year, and there are many activities available on the island, including shopping for handmade crafts and artifacts, hiking among the volcanoes, learning more about the makeup of the island through archaeology and scenery, swimming, and visiting the statues.