Eclipse Day: 11 July, 2010 on Easter Island
Welcome to Rapa Nui!
Our specially chartered flight will touch down at dawn directly in the path of totality. Guests will visit Easter Island and its famous and enigmatic Moai of Easter Island for the eclipse. Easter Island's Rapa Nui State Park are recognized and protected as a UNESCO Cultural World Heritage site. Rapa Nui, the indigenous name of Easter Island, bears witness to a unique cultural phenomenon. A society of Polynesian origin that settled there c. A.D. 300 established a powerful, imaginative and original tradition of monumental sculpture and architecture, free from any external influence. From the 10th to the 16th century this society built shrines and erected enormous stone figures known as moai, which created an unrivalled cultural landscape that continues to fascinate people throughout the world.
Our supported viewing site and eclipse camp offers 4:57 duration; with first contact at 12:40pm, totality at 2:08pm, and 4th contact at 3:34pm. We visit well known Rano Raraku, Tongariki, Tahai sectors. Then, as the As the sun sets, so does our time on Rapa Nui. After a long eclipse day, guests return to their hotel on Tahiti with a 6 hour flight, arriving in time for a welcome sleep in Tahiti.
Due to our group's large size and our impact on Rapa Nui's UNESCO World Heritage sites, we will base our operations from a main, tented camp on private land. Tours will be performed in rotations of 30-40 passengers at a time.
Guests will rotate in shifts with guides from base camp at the Tahai sector and Hanga Roa to Tongariki for visits to the 2 main, large sectors of Maoi on Easter Island.
2:30 to 3:30 am: Arrival and International Police Check, SAG and Customs.
03:30 am - 4:00: Welcome with flower necklaces and transfer to base camp at Tahai Sector. Meeting, orientation and welcome drinks of juice, coffee & tea.
Our supported eclipse camp has shelter, chairs, lounges, cushions and blankets to rest on; as well as bathrooms and facilities to 'freshen up'.
4:30 to 6:00 am: Nighttime Dark Sky Telescope Observing and outside view and 'fireside chat' with Dava Sobel.
6:00 to 6:30 am: Buffet breakfast.
07:30 am: Departures begin of groups to view Ahu Tongariki at dawn, then take guided tours of Rano Raraku quarry crater site.
11:00: First group returns from touring Easter Island sites, while others continue.
11:00 to 1:00: Passengers take a walking in the Tahai sector.
12:00 - 12:30 Passengers prepare equipment for eclipse.
12:30: Last vehicle returns from touring
12:40 first contact
14:08 - 14:13 - Total Solar Eclipse
14:30 to 15:15: BBQ lunch for the Group.
14:30 to 15:15: Kari Kari Dance Troupe Eclipse Celebration show.
15:34 4th Contact - The eclipse is over.
15:15 - 15:45: Departure transfer to the airport
17:00 hrs. : Departure of the flight to Tahiti.
Arrival in Tahiti at 7:15pm Local Time on 11JUL (Eclipse Night).