Exploring Easter Island’s Volcanic Tubes

While doing our research on things to in Easter Island, Will and I found references to lava tubes that you could climb through that overlooked the ocean.  There wasn’t a ton of information on them, and they didn’t seem like one of the more popular destination on the island, but we decided to hunt them down.

The entrance was far more difficult to find than we expected.  There is one tiny sign indicating the general vicinity of the tubes, and then to find the actual entrance we had to really wander around.  We thought the entrance would be close to the water and so we were wandering around right on the edge of the cliffs.  There were tons of holes and divots in the side, but we couldn’t find the entrance:IMG_4189IMG_4186

Finally, after about 10 minutes of wandering around the area, we started making our way away from the water, and luckily stumbled upon the tiny hole in the ground marking the entrance:IMG_4195

Yup, that was it.  That was the entrance.   It would have been so easy to overlook, especially considering it was a decent distance from the water.

From there, we squeezed through the very tight opening and began exploring the tube.IMG_4197IMG_4200IMG_4205

It was everything I wanted and more.  The tube split into two direction with two separate openings right over the water.  One was large and spacious, and the other was much smaller with lots of jagged edgesIMG_4208IMG_4204

We had timed it nearly perfectly, and had to wait only a half an hour before the sky began to light up with another picturesque Easter Island sunset.  We were the only ones there, and we bounced back and forth between the two openings enjoying the different views.  In the background of it all was the constant sound of the waves crashing into the cliffs. IMG_4218IMG_4242IMG_4244IMG_4245IMG_4246IMG_4247IMG_4249IMG_4251

If you’re ever on easter island, look up the Caverna de dos Ventanas (cavern of two windows).  It’s a must see.

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