Silently standing vigil over small Easter Island, the stone-faced moai are undoubtedly the highlight of this mystical destination.
Home to a community of just 5 000 inhabitants, Easter Island or Rapa Nui, as it is known to locals, is a Chilean territory in Polynesia. It has one national park, the Parque Nacional Rapa Nui which covers most of the Island and features the quarry of Rano Raraku where the moai were carved, the volcanic crater of the Rano Kau and the Ahu Tongariki where 15 moai rest. Easter Island has a colourful history
where it was first explored by outsiders in 1722 and named by Dutch naval commander Jacob Roggeveen on Easter Sunday. It was also where Captain Cook and his crew recuperated during one of his many explorations and where, in 1805, a vicious raid by slave traders left a scar in the community. Regardless of its size there is much to do here from scuba diving and snorkelling to cycling and horse riding.
- Ultimate isolation on one of the world’s most remote islands
- Witness the eerie, ancient, logic-defying stone statues that are scattered across the island
- Experience Polynesian culture at the island’s main celebration, the Tapati festival in February, which showcases traditional music, dancing, food and festive parades.
- Renowned for its eco-lodges that leave a light footprint on the iconic, volcanic landscape.
- World-class scuba diving, snorkeling and surfing.
Summer (January to March)
The average daily temperature is 26°C/78°F
Winter (June to September)
The average daily temperature is 20°C/68°F
The winters are relatively mild and May is the rainiest month, however, the island does experience rainfall year-round. Due to its remote location, the island is exposed to winds.
- Best time to travelYear round. Peak season is from January to March, with the world-famous, not-to-be-missed Tapati festival taking place in February.
- WildlifeDue to its extreme location, Easter Island does not support a wide variety of wildlife, but birding enthusiasts can look out for the native seabirds.
- Travelling with ChildrenWith its wide assortment of outdoor adventure activities, Easter Island is an excellent family destination that appeals to all ages.
- LanguagesThe official language of Easter Island is Spanish; however most of the Rapanui speak Rapa Nui. Basic English is spoken by most people working on the Island.
- Guest SafetyGiven its remote location, Easter Island is safe; however, guests are always advised to keep an eye on their personal belongings and to remain vigilant at all times.
- Flying to Easter IslandThere are seven weekly flights from Santiago to Mataveri International Airport in Hanga Roa (5hr 25min).
Enhance Your Experience With
- Hiking, cycling, horseback riding and caving for the adventure enthusiasts
- Scuba diving, snorkeling and surfing on the rugged coastlines
- Boat trips from Hanga Roa harbour to the Motus
- Local craft market with Polynesian artifacts and stone or wood carvings
- Traditional dance performances showcasing the Rapa Nui culture
- Tapati Rapa Nui Festival in February is the island’s most important cultural festival
- Fascinating archaeological tours of the island and its dormant volcanoes and hidden caves
A spectacular hotel, featuring award-winning architecture, just outside of Hanga Roa, on Easter Island.
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