First things first: It’s not just about the moai statues.
Located more than 2,000 miles west of South America, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Easter Island is one of the most remote inhabited places on Earth. It marks the southeast corner of the Polynesian triangle, with Hawaii to the north and New Zealand to the southwest.
The island covers 63 square miles of land, nearly half of which is in Rapa Nui National Park, and it’s home to approximately 900 mesmerizing moai statues, often called Easter Island Heads. The giant, monolithic carvings are scattered around the island, some standing proudly against the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean, while others are buried up to their necks in soil.
Despite the obvious draw of the statues, they aren’t the only reason to take a trip of a lifetime to Easter Island. Being so remote means there’s a certain secluded calm here, and though typical amenities like air conditioning and instant Wi-Fi are lacking, the wild horses roaming the hills and dinners spent gazing out over the Pacific more than make up for it.
Bonus: though technically it’s meant to represent Moyai, a statue in Tokyo, the moai-like emoji is waiting to caption your Instagram photos when you do get back online.