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Chile Island Adventures


One of Chile’s primary geographic features is its islands, with about 4,000 scattered mostly among the southern fords and channels. Easter Island, Robinson Crusoe, and Chiloé in particular o!er some very unique adventures.

THE END OF THE WORLD
With the ‘end of the world’ phenomenon in the news, thousands of people across the
globe have decided that’s good enough reason to travel to exotic locales, and Robinson
Crusoe Island is such place. Robinson Crusoe is one of the islands of Juan Fernández
which were declared a national park by the Government of Chile more than 70 years ago.
In 1977 they were granted World Biosphere Preserve status. Robinson Crusoe was named
by a History Channel documentary as the world’s safest place in the event of a world
apocalypse. This year it expects to welcome the largest number of visitors in its history.

SNORKEL WITH MOAI ON EASTER ISLAND
Apart from its mysterious Moai statues on land, Easter Island, or ‘Rapa Nui’ as the island is known in the native tongue, is an amazing location for scuba diving and snorkelling. Its crystal blue waters have one of the best visibilities in the world. It is also the only place in the world where you can dive and see a rare underwater Moai. Thanks to its volcanic origin, the underwater topography is striking; something that distinguishes the island from other such locations around the world. The wildlife here is made up of 150 di!erent species 

belonging to 60 di!erent families. One of every four of the species here only lives in this part of the planet. Scuba diving at Easter Island is a year round experience catering for both professionals and first-timers. 

There are two scuba centres located at the town’s two ports: Hanga Piko and Hanga Roa O’tai. A favourite spot for novices is called Vai a Heva, due to being well lit and relatively shallow. It’s in the middle of the Hanga Roa Bay, a great location with more multicoloured tropical fish and coral reefs than anywhere around.

WHALE OF A TIME IN CHILOÉ Blue whales are the largest animal on our planet. The Golfo Corcovado and northeastern Chiloé are recognized by the international scientific community as the area with the most blue whale sightings in all of the Southern hemisphere. It’s said that there are no more than 3,000 in all of the world’s oceans, yet in this area alone the population is estimated at 300. 

Due to their size, they obviously aren’t very agile nor playful, but merely seeing them and hearing their powerful breathing is enough to get excited about an experience that’s like none other in life.

For further information on extraordinary adventures in Chile visit www.chile.travel


Written by: Kris Madden
Published: 6 September 2012

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