Take exploring one step further by visiting one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world, Easter Island, so named after a first encounter on Easter Sunday, by Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen back in 1722.

Otherwise known as Rapa Nui to its earliest inhabitants, the island is most profoundly known for its Moai statues, the stone blocks, carved into head-and-torso figures, most average 13 ft (4m) tall and weigh around 14 tons (about 12,700kg)….clearly size was not an issue! They face away from the ocean, and most archaeologists believe they represent chiefs or other male figures that had important positions in the history of Easter Island.
While most people visit Rapa Nui to explore its cultural history (recognized as a World Heritage site in 1995 by UNESCO), Easter Island is much more than an open-air museum. Off shore offers great fishing, diving, snorkeling and surfing. On land, there’s no better eco-friendly way to experience the island’s savage beauty than on foot, on a mountain bike or on horseback (cars and motorcycles are also available for hire though) to explore the island’s scattered archaeological sites. Alternatively, some superb expanses of white sand beckon to help recharge the batteries.
This remote bucket list destination is most commonly accessible by plane from Santiago, Chile or from Tahiti or by cruise ship for a stopover. But, if you want to take the intrepid route, the “tall ship” Soren Larsen sails to Easter Island from New Zealand once a year. The voyage takes 35 days, crossing the point on earth furthest from land

Our 6 ‘See & Do’ Suggestions On Easter Island:

1. See The Moai At Rano Raraku National Park

This was the main Moai quarry and the place where you’ll see them in all their glory and in all stages of production, carved between 1,250 and 1500 AD.

2. Watch Sunrise or Sunset From Tongariki

Tongariki is one of the most iconic sites on the island.  Here you’ll see its 15 Moai statues stand next to each other, offering breathtaking photo opportunities. Or for a more ‘off the beaten track’ sunset experience, check out Tahai, right at the edge of Hanga Roa

3. Relax At Anakena Beach

Your time to relax on a white sandy shore and swim in crystalline waters and where you’ll also be able to enjoy Moai statues on display.

4. Trek To The Top Of Terevaka (and/or) Rano Kau

Easter Island doesn’t have mountains, it has volcanic hills. The highest one, Terevaka, is only 507 meters above sea level, and provides stunning panoramic views once you reach the top.  Rano Kau however, is the volcanic crater on the southwestern part of Easter Island.  The crater itself is over a kilometer in diameter and about 200m deep, with a crater lake (once the main source of fresh water for inhabitants).  The crater late surface is covered by cattail plants…curiously the same species as that found in the floating islands of Lake Titicaca in Peru.

5. See The Ancient Petroglyphs At Papa Vaka

These petroglyphs often depict several marine scenes that include fishing, the use of canoes, and several marine animals, left by ancient Rapa Nui civilization.

6. Experience Rapa Nui Culture

The most important festival, ‘Tapati Rapa Nui Festival’ is celebrated during the first half of February to instill and promote the Rapa Nui culture amongst locals.

Where to Stay:

Explora Rapa Nui

Our preferred hotel and popular choice with our clients, offering dramatic views in a tranquil setting.  Rates are all inclusive of meals, drinks, airport transfers and small group daily explorations (though often you will find you have a guide and vehicle all to yourself).

Hare Noi

A boutique hotel of just nine rooms with locally inspired design and modern amenities including restaurant and spa facilities on sight.  Perfect after a full day of exploring the outdoors of Easter Island!

Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa

With an emphasis on promoting wellness and sustainability, Hangaroa also offers cultural activities and evening entertainment for guests making a fun finale to the day.