We got up at 5am one morning to go to Tongariki, the largest group of moai on the island. The sun rises behind the moai here so it’s a popular place to go at dawn. There were 8 or 10 carloads of people here along with us to see the sun come up.
For the first few days I’d been a bit underwhelmed with Easter Island. It didn’t seem to quite live up to its hype. But as time went by I was getting more and more enchanted with the place, and here at Tongariki came the mindblowing moment I’d been expecting. As the clouds began to light up with the approach of dawn, the silhouettes of the 15 massive statues looked incredible. I realised that this really was a spectacular and special place.