Easter Island sits just over 3,500km from mainland Chile and has long been a hotspot for adventurous travellers. Steeped in mystery and history in equal measure, it isn’t hard to see why people choose to take a Easter Island holiday so frequently. It might be one of the most isolated inhabited places on earth but it will need to do a lot better if it wants to keep these intrepid explorers away.
- Of course, the number one reason why anyone would embark on an Easter Island tour is to see the giant moai. These giant stone heads can be found all over the island and are quite the sight to behold.
- Go and watch the sunrise from the famous site of Tongariki — here you will see 15 giant heads in a line all facing the same way.
- Try some delicious, fresh seafood while you are on the island — it is an island after all.
- See a traditional dance show and gawp at the fluid movements and extravagant costumes. There are all kinds of traditional dances on the island so take your pick.
- Chill out on Anakena Beach. If the sun is out and you feel like having a lazy day, there is nowhere better to hang out than the soft sand of Easter Island’s number one beach.
- Make sure you have the funds to enjoy your Easter Island tour. This island isn’t cheap so don’t expect to be able to do it on a budget.
- January to March is peak season, featuring Tapati Rapa Nui festival. During this period hotel prices are at their highest. April to June and October to December are shoulder seasons, with pleasant weather and affordable hotel prices.
- Flight is the main medium to get to Easter Island. There aren’t many flights to Easter Island so make sure you book in advance as planes fill up quickly.
- There isn’t much phone reception on the island so it is better to book as much as you can before you get there — this includes taxis, tours and accommodation.
- Take cash with you from mainland Chile as there are only two ATMs on the island.
- While there will be people with a smattering of English, it is a good idea to have some basic Spanish just in case.
For more activities when in the country, check out our other trips to Chile.