Rapa Nui

Rapa Nui, also known as Isla de Pascua, Paaseiland, or Easter Island, was discovered by Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen on Easter Sunday in 1722.

History

Early In the 17th century, the tradition of Moai, enormous stone statues, emerged on Rapa Nui. These statues were erected to honor ancestors, local tribe leaders, and to protect villages. They all face inland, towards their communities.
Despite their advanced society with a written language and strong social systems, Rapa Nui fell into decline. Due to an obsession with these statues, leading to depletion of natural resources and internal conflicts. The eventual contact with Europeans, bringing diseases and further hardship was the end of this culture.

In the 19th century, Rapa Nui saw a resurgence in popularity due to cattle farming, leading to further deforestation.

Today

This small, green island, with a population of about 7,000, is now known for its super friendly inhabitants and pristine cleanliness and off course the Moai.

Kiskadee and crew visits in Autumn (April) and because Rapa Nui maintains a subtropical climate, temperatures are still above 20⁰C. The occasional rain and winds add to the charm of the island.

Surfers like my crew, Angus and Declan, enjoy the big waves, while navigating the small panga harbor proves to be an adventure with our trusty 3.4 meters dinghy and 15hp outboard.

Exploring the island, we rented a car to see its sights, including the iconic statues. Dining out, finding a bakery, and browsing hardware stores are essential, especially for boat owners like us. All info is on NoForeignLand

Stocking up on diesel, groceries, and doing laundry are priorities after a long crossing, all easily done on the island. We rented a car for a day and did shopping as well as site seeing.

As we prepare for our next stops at Pitcairn and Gambier, we appreciate the opportunity to restock on supplies, respecting the harmony of these small island communities. Rapa Nui may be off the beaten track to French Polynesia, but it’s a beautiful stop for sailors seeking relaxation and refueling.

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