Anakena Beach, Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
Rapa Nui, aka Easter Island, aka Isla de Pascua, is said to be the world’s most isolated inhabited island. Regardless if this claim is fact or fiction, Easter Island is as remote as it gets.
Though it is technically a part of Chile, we find it hard to group Easter Island with South America. Without question, the island has become famous for its mysterious Moai statues, however travellers seem to forget that the island is located in the tropical South Pacific.
During our visit, we rented a jeep and explored the entire island. Arakena Beach, with its white coral sand, lush palm trees and remarkable ahu (stone platform with Moai statues), is noted to be the first settlement on the island. As you can see from the photo, it’s an amazing beach unlike any other on the planet!
Easter Island is one of our favourite places and ranks high on our list of recommended destinations for 2010. The only regret we have was not spending enough time on the tropical island paradise!