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What are the best things to do in Easter Island?
Visit Ahu Tongariki
Once you’ve checked into your hotel, set an early alarm for 3am the following morning. This is to ensure you wake up early enough to make the drive out to Ahu Tongariki for sunrise. It's a 25-minute drive from Hanga Roa and with hardly any light pollution clouding the skies, you might be lucky enough to see the Milky Way! Sunrise happens at 7am in February, and the entrance to Ahu Tongariki opens around the same time.
Go on a hike to Rao Raraku
Rano Raraku is a volcanic crater. It's not too far from Ahu Tongariki, and it's possible to see both on the same day. The crater is full of moai statues in various states of completion. Rano Raraku does get crowded as it's a popular attraction for tourists with tickets to Easter Island. Come early in the morning if you want pictures without people in the background.
Have a beach day
Anakena Beach is one of the best places to relax on Easter Island. After an early morning adventure, drive down to the beach and unwind with a good book under a palm tree. If you get hungry, there's a restaurant where you can grab something to eat, and you can see Ahu Nau Nau. It's considered one of the best-preserved statues on Easter Island.
Time your trip around the Tapati Festival
If you want to learn about the culture of Easter Island, attend the famous Tapati Festival. Locals dress up in traditional costume and dance to music during this 15-day event, which is usually held in February. If you can, plan your flights to Easter Island around the opening and closing ceremony. Both are spectacular and one of the best parts of the festival.
What is the cost of visiting Easter Island?
If you’ve booked flights to Easter Island with a hotel room that doesn’t have a kitchen, you should budget around $15,000 CLP ($28 AUD) per meal at a mid-range restaurant. You can also save money by eating at a local fast-food restaurant called a picada. Meals start at $10,000 CLP ($19.22 AUD). There are also street food stalls selling fare like empanadas for between $2,000 and $4,000 CLP (between $3 and $8 AUD).
The easiest way to get from Mataveri International Airport (IPC) and around Easter Island is by car. Due to the limited amount of vehicles permitted on the island, it's recommended to book your rental well in advance. Rental prices on the island start at $50,000 CLP ($96.14 AUD) for a 4WD, and you should budget around $20,000 CLP ($23.07 AUD) for petrol.
For a cheaper and more eco-friendly way to get around Easter Island, you can rent a mountain bike. Prices start at $8,000 CLP ($15 AUD) for eight hours, or you can rent one out for the entire day for $12,000 CLP ($23 AUD).
If you've booked a flights to Easter Island and you’re staying in Hanga Roa, you can expect to pay around $3,000 CLP ($5.77AUD) for a taxi from Mataveri International Airport (IPC).
Whether you’re a budget, mid-range or luxury traveller buying plane tickets to Easter Island, there are good accommodation options available on the island. Prices for a double room at a three-star hotel start at about $85,000 CLP ($163.44 AUD) per night. You could also use the money saved from cheap flights to Easter Island for a more luxurious stay. A night at a four- or five-star hotel usually starts from $155,000 CLP ($300 AUD).
What should I know before visiting Easter Island?
Bring food to Easter Island
Given its isolated location, some supermarket basics - like fruit, bread and other perishables - tend to be more expensive on Easter Island than what you would find on the mainland. One way to get around paying more for certain items is to bring your own aboard your LATAM Airlines flights. Check with the airline before packing anything though, to make sure your luggage is compliant with the latest updates. You don’t want to get caught out just as you are about to board your flights to Easter Island.
Entrance fee to Rapa Nui National Park
Rapa Nui National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park is divided into seven sections and covers 40% of the island. As the park includes most of the archaeological sites and artefacts, you’ll need to buy a park entrance ticket. The easiest way to do this is at Mataveri International Airport (IPC) once your flights to Easter Island land. There is a booth in the arrivals terminal and a 10-day pass cost $54,000 CLP ($103.83 AUD).
How many days should you spend on Easter Island?
When looking at the travel dates for your flights to Easter Island, a good amount of time to spend here is about one week. Take the island’s size into consideration, and remember that it is possible to see most major sites within two or three days. A week on the island allows you extra time to take sightseeing at your own pace, plus it’ll give your itinerary some breathing room in case the weather isn’t suitable to outdoor explorations.
When is The Best Time to Visit Easter Island?
The island's peak season runs from December to February. Temperatures average around 29°C, making it ideal for a dip in the ocean. But the heat can make activities like hiking and archaeological site seeing unbearable. In late January / early February, the island pulls out all the stops for the Tapati Rapa Nui festival. Expect high prices for accommodation and loads of tourists at all the top attractions.
If you would prefer a quieter time, visit the island during its two shoulder seasons. From October to November and March to April there is a sweet spot between the summer crowds and cold winter months. You'll have the off-season emptiness, with reasonable hotel rates and ideal weather in the low 20s, perfect for beach days and hiking.
Easter Island's off-season is the Chilean winter. From July to August the island is cold with temperatures reaching 10°C. But if you don't mind bundling up and frequent downpours, it's the cheapest time of year to visit. All the major attractions are virtually empty from crowds as well, and you'll have the island to yourself.
Airports in Easter Island
Mataveri International Airport
Mataveri International is the most remote airport in the world. It is the main entry point for tourists that travel to the island to see its Moai statues. LATAM Chile is the only airline that serves the airport with seasonal flights to and from Santiago, Chile.
Getting To and From Mataveri International Airport
The only public transport available from the airport to the city is with a taxi. The fares are fixed to CLP 3000 one way. Bare in mind that if your plane arrives at night, there might not be any taxis at the airport.
To avoid walking to your hotel, you can pre-book a shuttle service or join a tour. However, most hotels (even the budget ones) offer a free hotel pickup and drop off service.
The only other option would be to hire a car at the airport.