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Easter Island
Travel Planning
Easter Island

Easter Island at a Glance

Easter Island is one of the most remote places on earth. This tiny island has been home to the Rapa Nui since they arrived here sometime around the 8th century. The island is famous for its maoai sculptures, but offers so much more to see and do. 

History buffs and archeologists will relish the 20,000 archeological sites scattered about the island. History is alive and right in your face much of the time. Learn about the lifestyle of ancient and modern residents and ponder how the first people came to be here. When you are not exploring Easter Island's fascinating story, head to the beach. Surfers love the big waves that bash this tiny island. Scuba divers and snorkelers enjoy clear, remote ocean waters. Swimmers and families could spend whole weeks on the white sand beaches. If adventure is your calling, volcanic craters, historic walks and equestrian trails beg to be explored. You'll wish you'd planned more time for this tiny but intriguing place.

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December - March
Low Season
April - November
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Mataveri International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      Visitors to Chile do not need a tourist visa if they intend to stay for fewer than 90 days. Upon arrival at the Santiago Airport, tourists must pay a $160 U.S fee for a tourist card, which must remain with them until their departure. For more information, contact a Chilean Consulate. American citizens can use the U.S State Department's website as a resource as well.

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather: Easter island has a marine subtropical climate which means cool to warm winters and warm summers. A steady breeze often makes it seem chillier so it's best to pack sweaters. 

      Safety Concerns: Take normal safety precautions when visiting the island and avoid flashing cash or expensive items. Make sure you bring cash to the island in the case that ATMs don't work. 

      Health Concerns: Visitors should also be aware of rip-tides on beaches. Pay attention to local advise on beaches, weather and environmental concerns.