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Easter Island Travel Guide

Diving

The crystal-clear waters of the South Pacific afford great visibility for snorkelers and divers. Dozens of types of colorful fish as well as turtles flourish in the warm waters surrounding the island's craggy volcanic rocks. Some of the most spectacular underwater scenery is at Motu Nui and Motu Iti, two adjoining islets just off the coast.

Orca Diving Center. Orca Diving Center provides a boat, guide, and gear for 36,000 pesos per person or 47,000 for a night dive. The outfitter also rents snorkeling masks and fins if you'd like to go out independently, but the guided boat trips let you see much more. Caleta de Hanga Roa, Hanga Roa, Easter Island, 2770000. 3/2255–0877 or 3/2255–0375. www.orcadivingcenter.cl.

Mike Rapu Diving Center. Mike Rapu Diving Center arranges first dives (no certification necessary) for 40,000 pesos, and for those with NAUI or PADI certification (they are a PADI partner), it's 30,000 pesos. A photographer can be provided for an additional 10,000 pesos. Snorkeling trips are available as well. Caleta de Hanga Roa, Hanga Roa, Easter Island, 2770000. 3/2255–1055. www.mikerapu.cl.

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