Day 64 - Off to Rapa Nui
Trip Start Sep 30, 2012
105Trip End Jan 09, 2013
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The flight took over 5 hours and we drifted in and out of sleep feeling the effects of jet lag from our Oz to Chile stint.
We touched down in Rapa Nui at lunchtime. It is a really small island and flying in it felt like we may do a water landing. Luckily we made it and a pick up from the Mana Nui Inn greeted us with a lovely flower lei each.
We bounced along the very holey roads and caught our first glimpse of the beautiful sea and moai at the tiny harbour
Our little cabana is lovely and overlooks the sea and some distant moai. It's a perfect little self catering beach cottage really.
The owner of Mana Nui came to chat to us and explained where everything is on the island and what our options are in terms of tours, shows etc. We decided that a dinner and show would be great so booked with her straight away. We then took a walk into the little town to find out about diving. Just at the bottom of our road is the prettiest graveyard we have ever seen. Usually graveyards are a little sad and creepy but this one is covered with the brightest yellow flowers you've ever seen. Inbetween the flowers are white crosses and headstones. It's really a beautiful place overlooking the sea.
Our walk lead us to the harbour where two dive shops operate. We chatted briefly to a French guy who owns the one shop and arranged for a 9:00 dive the next day. Since we only have two days in Rapa Nui we need to dive on the first before we fly out. We then popped into the supermarket to grab some lunch goodies. We were surprised to find that the supermarket was quite expensive, probably twice as much as those in Santiago. We recon most things on the island will be expensive as it is so remote and isn't self sustaining.
We then headed back to our little house and whipped up some rolls. We sat on the veranda and felt the beach holiday vibe kick in.
Unfortunately our vibe ended quite quickly as we had to think seriously about planning our two days to get the most out of our visit
During the meal we were entertained with some fun traditional expressions and music. We were served a red and white wine during the meal and a banana bread for dessert.
Then it was time for the show
The evening was quite an expensive outing and they charged us $3 each to pay by credit card but despite that we did have a super evening and found the traditions very interesting. We are looking forward to tomorrow's tour where we will learn more about the island and its people.