Easter Island Is one of the most isolated islands in the world. It is situated in the South Pacific Ocean, about 2,350 miles west of Chile. The island was called Rapa Nui by the inhabitants. The name ‘ Easter Island ‘ was given by a Dutch explorer who discovered it on Easter Sunday in 1722. There are more than 600 huge statues called “moai” spread over the island, each carved from a single block of soft stone by the Rapa Nui people. Some are more than 30 feet (9m) high. The island was made into a national park in 1935. Its listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.