A remote island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Easter Island is known for its giant Moai statues, beautiful beaches and national park. The volcanic island offers a rich history with a collection of fascinating archaeological sites, in addition to hiking, diving and other outdoor adventures.
Things to do in Easter Island
Don’t miss seeing the famous Moai statues, said to have been carved out of rock by seafarers. Admire the 15 statues against a glowing sunrise view at Ahu Tongariki, where you can learn about its 1,200 years of history as you see some of the best-restored Moai statues on Easter Island.
Visit Papa Vaka to see ancient petroglyphs showcasing various designs and drawings, from faces to depictions and locations of special rituals and traditions. Browse the artefacts at the Father Sebastian Englert Anthropological Museum, including the original coral eye that was used to adorn the Moais.
Enjoy a day in nature by hiking to the top of Terevaka Volcano, which sits 507 metres above sea level. It’s the highest point on the island and offers stunning panoramic views of Easter Island. For another perspective, visit Rano Raraku, a crater found on the lower slopes of Terevaka that offers views of the nearby volcanoes.
Dotted with coconut palms brought over by Tahiti, the coral-sand Anakena Beach is one of the best places to cool off. Take a sunset stroll along the coastline or snorkel its crystalline waters to see the underwater Moai.
Getting around Easter Island
You can fly into Mataveri International Airport, the most remote airport in the world, from Santiago. The island is generally easy to get around by bike or taxi, while a rental car is best for covering long distances.