Easter Island

Travel Guide
Ahu Tongariki featuring a statue or sculpture and heritage elements

Search for the meaning of ancient stone sculptures on this small island off Chile’s coast. When you’re not exploring history, enjoy splendid beaches.

Easter Island brings to mind history and mystery. See its giant moai, statues of elongated human-like figures carved from volcanic rock. They rest on stone platforms called ahus and some wear stone headdresses. Learn about the ancient people who created these pieces as well as the explorers who pondered over them centuries later.

The island has about 900 moai, many in and around the Rano Raraku Quarry, with lava from the Rano Raraku volcano. They range in size from about 3 feet (1 meter) to 70 feet (21 meters) tall. Ahu Tongariki has one of the most prestigious displays. As you gaze at these amazing statues, marvel at the primitive engineering that transported the heavy carvings more than 10 miles (16 kilometers) across the island. Archaeologists have determined how the islanders used ropes, logs and human energy to complete this work, but don’t know why.

Explore distinct cultural developments over the last 1,200 years. The date is still debated but experts believe the Polynesians arrived in about A.D. 300 and developed moai starting about 700 A.D. but later destroyed many to build larger ones. After resource depletion and a fierce civil war, the local population dramatically declined. Europeans arrived on Easter Sunday 1722, giving the island its current name. Chile annexed the island, also known as Rapa Nui, in 1888 for sheep farming. Today tourism is the key industry.

Besides its historical significance, Easter Island offers very pleasant South Pacific beach vacation conditions. Travel to Anakena Beach on the northern shore to swim in azure waters the color of lapis lazuli gemstones, laze on the soft white sands under the shade of coconut palms or try bodysurfing. Gaze at the Ahu Nau Nau, with moai that are in exceptional condition after they were buried here in the sand for centuries.

Reach Easter Island by flying from Santiago, Chile, to Mataveri International Airport in the main city of Hanga Roa. Rent a four-wheel drive or use taxis to get around. Join a tour for best moai access and information.

Where to stay in Easter Island

Hotel Hare Uta
Hotel Hare Uta
4 out of 5
Av. Hotu Matua S/N, Hanga Roa, Easter Island
The price is CA $460 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 1
Situated near the airport, this spa resort is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Terevaka and within 6 mi (10 km) of Rapa Nui National Park and Puna Pau. Anakena Beach and Ovahe ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (89 reviews)
"Beautiful setting. Pool is welcoming oasis. Restaurant is good, expanded menu would make it better."

Reviewed on Mar. 3, 2020

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Nayara Hangaroa
Nayara Hangaroa
5 out of 5
Av Pont S/n, Hanga Roa, Easter Island
Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pea Beach, Ana Kai Tangata, and Mercado Artesanal Municipal. Ahu Vai Uri and Ahu Kote Riku ...
4.3/5Excellent! (90 reviews)
"The hotel setting, attention, rooms, sunset, all are fabulous."

Reviewed on Dec. 23, 2019

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explora Rapa Nui
explora Rapa Nui
5 out of 5
Te Miro Oone S/N, Hanga Roa, Easter Island
This family-friendly Hanga Roa hotel is located on the boardwalk, within 3 mi (5 km) of Vaihu and Ahu Akahanga. Pea Beach and Mercado Artesanal Municipal are ...
5/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
"The fact that every detail is taken in consideration and that the staff is super helpful and friendly made this place even more special. The rooms, the view, the common areas are beautiful and the food prepared was delicious. The explorations are well planned and the guides did know their material. ..."

Reviewed on Jan. 24, 2020

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Lodge Ana Iri
Lodge Ana Iri
3 out of 5
Hanga Piko s/n, Hanga Roa, Valparaiso
The price is CA $115 per night from Sep 24 to Sep 24
Situated in the historical district, this cabin is within 2 mi (3 km) of Ana Kai Tangata, Pea Beach, and Mercado Artesanal Municipal. Ahu Vai Uri and Ahu Kote ...
4/5Very Good! (1 review)
"該處有兩所房子,一所戶主夫婦自住,另一租出給旅客。戶主很好人,曾到機場接我,可惜我未有看到。他又帶我到門票購買地點、提供交通費用資訊、膳食等資料,使得旅程非常暢順,但要注意如果入夜後才返房的話,最好先與戶主聯絡,因他飬有兩頭犬,晚上獨自上去可能會被嚇倒!"

Reviewed on Apr. 11, 2019

Lodge Ana Iri
Cabañas Henua Iti
Cabañas Henua Iti
2.5 out of 5
Puku Rangi Uka sn, Sector Piataro, Hanga Roa, Easter Island
The price is CA $155 per night from Sep 24 to Sep 24
This family-friendly Hanga Roa cabin is located on the boardwalk, within 2 mi (3 km) of Ahu Tahai and Ahu Kote Riku. Ahu Akivi and Te Pahu Caves are also within ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)
What a great time we had!
"We were welcome by our hostess Tiare at the airport with flower leis and a warm smile. Instead of taking us back to the cabins immediately, Tiare drove us around Hanga Roa to show us where to find good local food, rental car, tours, etc. Upon arrival to our cabin there was a welcome drink waiting ..."

Reviewed on Jan. 29, 2020

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Mana Nui Inn
Mana Nui Inn
3 out of 5
Petero Atamu, Hanga Roa, Easter Island
The price is CA $147 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 1
Situated by the ocean, this aparthotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Terevaka, Rapa Nui National Park, and Ahu Akahanga. Puna Pau and Anakena Beach are also within ...
4.3/5Excellent! (108 reviews)
"Very clean and well-located. Owners & staff are attentive & friendly. A lot of care goes into the Mana Nui inn! Our unit had a full kitchen separate & next to the sleep room. The wi-fi was spotty, but hey, that's not why we came here!"

Reviewed on Jul. 20, 2019

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