There is the first moai statue we can spot, but those breaking waves portend other problems. The ocean swells are such that we cannot safely board the tenders, so the Captain cancelled all the shore excursions. That is disappointing. Since we could not go ashore, they brought a guide on board who narrated as we circumnavigated Easter Island. Note the larger of the two offshore islands in this photo. According to Rapa Nui oral tradition the way the tribes selected a new leader for the island each year was as follows: Each tribal chief would select an athlete. At the appointed time the athletes would descend that cliff on the right, swim out to the farther island, collect a sacred egg from the special sea bird there, swim back, climb the cliff and present the egg to the council. First man there gives his chief the right to rule the entire island for one year. Repeat each year. Nice system of term limits.
A group of 15 moai statues at Ahu Tongariki on a 650-foot-long stone platform. This place is near the quarry.
A group of the many wild horses on the island.
A photo of the statues with some tourists included for size perspective.
Beach area where the Dutch landed on Easter Sunday in 1722 and thus named it Easter Island.
Most of the 8,000 residents live in the one town (first photo) but there were a few scattered farm houses.
Not as up-close today as we would have preferred, but pleased we were able to see the statues from the ship. Still took 239 photos on the day. 😊