Cruises from Easter Island
Most cruise ships make a scenic pass of the island, and as few as 30% tender successfully to shore, there being no harbour and the weather is problematic. (Serious sight-seers arrive by air from Chile mainland.) One of the most isolated islands in the world, this triangle of volcanic rock in the South Pacific is 2,300 km off the west coast of Chile. It is intriguing, its history is as unclear as it is mysterious. Isolated for centuries from the outside world, Rapa Nui, the people of the island, developed their own distinctive culture.
Huge figures carved of volcanic rock, called moai, stand on rectangular stone platforms known as ahu. (You can see one on the roadside in Viña del Mar, Valparaiso.)