Want to step off the beaten path for your honeymoon? Easter Island is one of the most remote inhabited single islands in the world, and perhaps the most mystical of them all. Also known as Rapa Nui, it is every bit the Pacific island paradise in every way you can think of − culture, history, climate, natural beauty, tradition, romance, and serenity. The pace of life here is slow and relaxing. Here are some ideas for your easter island honeymoon:
Take a full-day tour of the island with a local Rapa Nui guide to uncover the myths, legends, stories, and history behind the enigmatic statues that rest on all sides of the island. While independent exploration is adventurous and liberating, it’s hard to place a value on learning firsthand about what you’re looking at, as well as finding out some fascinating facts that you would never have otherwise known about.
The Rano Raraku volcano is one of the most astonishing archaeological sites on the planet. This magical place full of mystery was the “factory” for the giant moai statues, which have made Easter Island famous worldwide. The enormous figures and the quarry in the volcano will outstrip any expectation and will leave you astounded while you contemplate one of the most enthralling wonders of humanity.
In the southern corner of Easter Island, the Ranu Kao volcano is one of several volcanoes on the island providing a knee-buckling viewpoint, along with an amazing story. The ancient village of Orongo was built here in an extraordinary position on a knife-edge ridge overlooking the breathtaking crater lake of Rano Kau on one side and the ocean on the other. Hundreds of years ago the Rapa Nui used the crater’s extremely fertile and sheltered internal walls as a kind of arboretum and horticultural nursery. Orongo provides an exceptional unique insight into how this civilization lived before the collapse of its society. This sacred place was the ceremonial base for the bizarre annual “birdman” ritual in which contestants had to climb down the treacherous cliff, swim more than a mile across the sea to a small islet, wait there for the return of a migratory seabird, and collect its first egg.
What could be more romantic than stargazing with the one you love? This remote island, thousands of miles away from any major cities, has very little light pollution. The night sky here is incredible, and you will see stars and constellations that are only visible in the Southern Hemisphere. You can stargaze on every night of your honeymoon if you wish, but you can also book a stargazing tour, during which you will learn about the history of Polynesian voyaging and settlement, navigational techniques, and the archeo-astronomy of Rapa Nui. Your guide will take you to some of the best places for observing the night sky and will point out stars and constellations that were of interest to the Polynesian navigators, relating some of the stories and legends that are tied to them. You will also learn about the techniques that were used to find certain cardinal points of the traditional Polynesian compass by using the layout of the night sky. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to look at the splendor of star clusters, nebulae, galaxies, stars, and planets visible through a high-powered telescope.
Biking on Easter Island is one of the most rewarding ways to get around. This option allows you to enjoy the island with ease, and if you follow the coast, you’ll feel the sea breeze on your face and see the waves crashing on the cliffs. In addition, you’ll feel like you’ve got the whole island to yourselves. The northwest coast of the island is closed to any kind of motor traffic and also provides some of the best options for honeymoon adventures.
Another way to see the beauty of Easter Island is on horseback. A network of tracks leads to some of the most glorious and quiet places, which can only be explored on a horse. A variety of escorted horseback riding trips are available and you don’t need to be an experienced rider. Excursions will take you to places such as Orongo, Anakena, Rano Raraku, or the north coast, while the most recommended excursion takes you to the top of Terevaka, the highest volcano. From the peak, you can see the entire island and the vast blue ocean that lies beyond.
Sunrise at Ahu Tongariki − the largest ahu on Easter Island with its 15 moai − is an unforgettable experience and one of the best things to do on Easter Island during your honeymoon. The sun rises directly behind the platform during the spring and summer months (October – April), and behind the Poike volcano during the rest of the year.
At the end of the day, there is nothing more romantic on your honeymoon than sitting upon a grassy hillside and watching the sunset slowly behind the ocean, creating a silhouette of the standing moai at Ahu Tahai against a background that changes color as the sun drops below the horizon. This is sure to create an unforgettable, magical, and mystical honeymoon moment.
There are some great restaurants on the island. For a romantic dinner, visit any of the restaurants on the west coast where you can catch a beautiful sunset. Te Moana is an inviting restaurant on the waterfront with an expansive ocean view. It serves generous portions of fresh fish and meat; be sure to try the ceviche. Another good restaurant is La Kelata, which also offers some superb seafood dishes. The really romantic thing about La Kaleta is the skinny passageway leading to a small beach where you can enjoy a fabulous view of the sunset.
Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Hotel Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa presents luxurious rooms set in individual huts formed of grass-covered roofs, wooden pillars, and dark stone walls. It also boasts the largest swimming pool on the island, three restaurants serving superb food, a spa, steam room, fitness center, and a sauna.
Explora Rapa Nui enjoys lovely vistas out over farmland and the Pacific coast. The single-story rounded structures that make up this futuristic-like property take their inspiration from the sensuous forms of the moai statues and the low-lying, rock-strewn geography. There is a stylish spa and 30 guest rooms – including four comfortable suites.
Hare Nua – grandma’s house – is an intimate 20-room boutique hotel, complete with a beautiful garden with tipanie trees, a sundeck, and an outdoor swimming pool, and a rustic hot tub, which is perfect for relaxing after a day of sightseeing. There is also a massage service utilizing Polynesian oils.
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