PBS aired a documentary on how scientists speculated then demonstrated how the Moai statues were moved from the quarry to their platforms called ahu on the coasts. The tallest Moai erected, called Paro, was almost 33 ft (10 metres ) high and weighed 90.4 tons ( 82 tonnes ). The Moai are protected but the team had a replica built then walked this huge statue uphill and downhill with just a few dozen people. With their backs to the sea, the Moai stand. Awesome
Jay, the sea is about 200 meters away from the camera. I think you would hear the wind and maybe some noise from the restaurant but not the waves. Rapa Nui is windy most of the time.
This is a wonderful cam, but why not some sound for the surf? Please?
Thank you Jose -- Every time I checked the camera was down. I am glad to see you stopped back!Even though you live relatively close compared to where I am (Maryland, US), I am impressed that you were curious enough to travel those long flights (to me!) to see it in person. It sounds like your experiences were very positive. Perhaps because the place is so isolated, they have not learned to be unpleasant -- and likely they enjoy having visitors to their island.I assumed that one would need to love the outdoors to visit such a place -- and since I am not a night life person, it would be a perfect destination -- but so very far away! I have watched many programs about the Moai statues and they remain a deep fascination for me. The only island I have been to is St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. There too many chickens were running wild, but I cannot say I saw any domestic animals like cats, dogs, or horses running around. The water there is so very blue and clear, but it is definitely geared toward tourists that want to shop and spend!In the US, we are used to traveling from one state to another. I think it takes a special person to love island life. You mentioned you would like to go back, and I'm wondering if you have any future trips planned? I am assuming the main source of income for the island is tourism. I'm not much of a traveler, but I enjoy these cams and hearing about the experiences of others. Thank you again!
14jun18--Great comment Jose Fernandes, Thank You. Using street view I noticed the different animals including horses but have yet to view them on this 'live-cam'. EnJoy EnJoy
Hi, Janey. I've been in Rapa Nui for 6 days, last November. It was not a long journey for me as I live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but still took me two 5 hours flights to get there. As we all know, the moai statues are the things you must see in the island, and they are really impressive and spread all over Rapa Nui. But what I really loved was the atmosphere of the island. Everybody I've met was friendly and helpful. You see a lot of animals (dogs, horses, cows, even chickens) running free everywhere you go. And I've never seen any of them attack or feel scared. I felt secure to play with large dogs on the streets and shops (and I've been afraid of dogs since I was a kid). Looks like the place is so peaceful the animals don't see you as a menace and this is transmited back to you. I think you can see most of things in the island in 4 days but I suggest you stay 1 or 2 more cause the weather in some months can spoil some tours. Remember: 90% of the things you will want to do in Rapa Nui will be outdoor activities. Don't forget that almost everything in Rapa Nui is brought from the continent, so they are not cheap. I could keep typing here for a long time. Feel free to ask me anything you want to know about going there and I will answer if I can.
Jose, if you stop back in, please tell us about your trip!
Amazing place. Been there last November. Very far from everywhere and not easy to get there but already thinking about going back. One of three places in the world I really miss.
Appreciate seeing to statutes from the web, because I will never be able to visit here.Looks like chickens on the greens this morning.
I don't think so, Shauna.
Wasn't there more totem poles on the right?
same for me gwynn... i have always found eater island so interesting, mysterious and tragic. the history of the island is really sad. it is amazing to have a webcam here
I remember reading about Easter Island as a child and it seemed so mysterious. It's strange to think that I really COULD go see them.