Join Far Horizons Archaeological and Cultural trips on a 13 day journey through the heart of Polynesia!
The Society Islands including Tahiti, Moorea and Huahine, are a group of mostly volcanic islands and atolls strewn across the eastern South Pacific. Since first discovered, these lovely Polynesian isles have depicted paradise on earth. Early explorers brought back tales of a land of captivating loveliness and a welcoming people. And the islands still retain this lush beauty and warm hospitality. Tour Easter Island’s archaeological and cultural wonders.
At the southeastern tip of the Polynesian triangle lies windswept Easter Island, one of the most remote spots on the planet. Surrounded by an endless ocean as blue as the sky and located 2,300 miles west of Chile, this tiny dot of land is sixty square miles of rocky grasslands, extinct volcanic cones, and steep ocean cliffs. Called Rapa Nui by the Polynesian people who live here, this island is a unique open-air archaeological museum. Nearly a thousand immense stone statues, called moai, gaze with brooding eyes over the gently rolling hills, hundreds of perplexing petroglyphs stand out from rock surfaces, and colorful cave paintings depict brightly painted birds in flight.
The trip is timed to include the wonderful Tapati Festival, a celebration of the Rapa Nui culture. Each day will dawn with new and exciting contests of strength and skill, while evenings will bring the mesmerizing melodies of Polynesian music as grass skirted dancers perform beneath the stars. It is a time of revelry and feasts, and of honoring the past with performances of cat’s cradle, string figures with the hypnotic chant used to hand down the island’s history from generation to generation.