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5 Reasons to Visit Rapa Nui (Easter Island) – And why sailing is the best way to get there.

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A Maoi statue infront of a ridge on Rapa Nui Island

Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island, is a remote island located in the southeastern Pacific Ocean.

Renowned for its pristine natural landscapes, including rugged coastlines, volcanic craters, and sandy beaches, the island has a rich Polynesian heritage and is home to a vibrant culture, with traditional music, dance, and crafts still practiced today.

Despite its remote location, Rapa Nui attracts adventure seekers from around the world who are drawn to its fascinating history, stunning scenery, and sense of mystery.

In April 2024 and April 2025 we have four exciting opportunities for you to visit this incredible island as part of the guest crew on board one of two 100+ year old tall ships.

You can join the crew on these voyages!

5 photos of a Tall Ship sailing the pacific with palm trees sunny sailing and people jumping into the ocean

There are so many reasons to visit Rapa Nui, from its mesmerising Moai statues and breathtaking natural landscapes to its rich Polynesian culture and fascinating history.

Here are 5 reasons we know you’ll want to add it to your travel bucket list.

1) Learn about the remarkable history of the Polynesians.

From their mastery of celestial navigation to their intricate agricultural systems, the Polynesians left an indelible mark on the Pacific region.

One of their most enduring legacies are the massive stone statues on Rapa Nui, called Moai.

Crafted centuries ago by the island’s ancient Polynesian inhabitants, what makes these statues truly remarkable is not just their size but the mystery surrounding their creation and transportation.

Some of these monoliths weigh up to 80 tons and were carved from volcanic rock quarries before being moved across the island.

Beyond the iconic Moai, Rapa Nui  also boasts a wealth of archaeological wonders, including sacred ceremonial sites and intricate petroglyphs that offer clues to the island’s past.

In addition to their architectural achievements, the Polynesians developed sophisticated agricultural techniques, such as the ingenious “moai kavakava” system, which allowed them to thrive in the island’s challenging environment.

2) Experience the beauty of the Island

In addition to its archaeological wonders, Rapa Nui boasts breathtaking natural landscapes that rival any tropical paradise.

From pristine beaches with crystal-clear waters to rugged volcanic terrain and lush green valleys, the island is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

Explore hidden coves, hike along scenic trails, or simply bask in the serenity of this remote island paradise, where every vista is a postcard-worthy masterpiece waiting to be discovered.

The island is home to several species of seabirds as well as several endemic bird species, meaning they are found nowhere else in the world.

Rapa Nui’s coastal waters are home to a diverse array of marine life, including colourful reef fish, sea turtles, and dolphins.

The island’s surrounding coral reefs support a variety of marine species, making it a popular destination for snorkelling and diving enthusiasts.

A lush green volcano crater on Rapa Nui

3) Immerse yourself in the local culture

The Rapa Nui people have a rich and vibrant culture, with long standing traditions and a deep connection to the land and sea that sustains them.

Their traditions are woven into the fabric of daily life, from the rhythmic chants that accompany traditional dances to the intricate tattoos that adorn their bodies, each symbolising a unique aspect of their identity.

As stewards of their ancestral homeland, the Rapa Nui people continue to honour their past while embracing the challenges of the present.

As a visitor, the island offers you a wealth of cultural experiences, from captivating dance performances and traditional music to artisanal crafts and mouthwatering cuisine.

Engage with local communities, participate in cultural workshops, and gain insight into the unique way of life that has flourished on Rapa Nui for centuries.

4) See the night sky like never before

Rapa Nui’s remote location and minimal light pollution make it an ideal destination for stargazers.

As night falls over the island, the sky comes alive with a dazzling display of stars, planets, and constellations, offering a breathtaking celestial spectacle.

From the Southern Cross to the Milky Way, the night sky on Rapa Nui is a sight to behold. 

Connecting with the night sky in Rapa Nui is about far more than just stargazing, as you stare into the night sky you can imagine and connect to the celestial knowledge of the Rapa Nui people.

The Rapa Nui people, like many other Polynesian cultures, were skilled navigators who relied on celestial cues to navigate the vast Pacific Ocean.

Using the stars, sun, moon, and other celestial bodies, they were able to determine their position at sea with remarkable accuracy.

One key technique used by Rapa Nui navigators was star compass navigation, where they memorized the rising and setting points of important stars and used them as reference points for navigation.

A night sky with hundreds of stars above the Moai statues

5) Sail to Rapa Nui and connect with the island’s seafaring heritage.

You could fly to or from Rapa Nui but where’s the adventure in that? Joining a sailing expedition to Rapa Nui offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience the thrill of navigating the open seas and arriving at this mystical destination in a way that echoes the voyages of ancient Polynesian explorers.

Sailing to Rapa Nui not only provides an unforgettable adventure but also a deeper appreciation for the island’s seafaring heritage and connection to the ocean.

When you join a hands-on voyage you become part of the crew.

With no previous sailing experience necessary you will be given all the training you need to participate in the watch system and sailing the ship covering everything from hoisting sails to navigating the rigging. Tune into the rhythms of the ocean and disconnect from the speed of modern life.

Sun rises or sets behind Moai statues

From its iconic Moai statues to its pristine natural landscapes and rich cultural heritage, Rapa Nui beckons travellers with the promise of an unforgettable journey.

Whether exploring ancient archaeological sites, soaking up the sun on secluded beaches, or immersing yourself in the island’s vibrant culture, a visit to Rapa Nui is an experience that will leave a lasting impression on your soul.

Make an enquiry to join us in 2024 or 2025 discover other South Pacific Adventures below. 


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Hi I’m Larissa, Founder of Another World Adventures. Welcome! If you’re planning an adventure you’re in the right place. Get ready to discover epic travel inspo and a collection of hand-picked trips from my trusted network of experienced adventure experts. Think unusual destinations, expeditions, slow, solo and sustainable travel and epic journeys on land and at sea! Ever got a question? Just get in touch, I answer every enquiry myself. Enjoy!

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