The annual Tapati festival is just one of the many attractions of Easter Island, which got its name from Dutch explorers in 1722, in honor of their arrival day. For the locals, it is a celebration of Polynesian traditions.
Tourists visiting Chile's Easter Island will face new restrictions for traveling and staying on the island, Chile authorities have said. The move is aimed at protecting both the natural environment and island heritage.
The tiny Pacific island nation of Niue has plans to create a huge marine sanctuary to combat overfishing. It's one of several marine protected areas announced over past weeks.
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