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Easter Island Tours

This Polynesian island, a special territory of Chile, is one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world.

Its nearest inhabited neighbour is Pitcairn Island, over 2,000km away, and it lies 3,000kms off the coast of Chile. Named by a Dutch explorer who first encountered the island on Easter Sunday in 1722, this remarkable destination is best known for its imposing moai – the 887 basalt statues that dot the landscape or lie half-buried in the Rano Raraku quarry. Raised on “ahus” they have their backs to the sea, watching the island’s inhabitants.

Highlights of our Easter Island tours include the iconic sites like Ahu Tongariki with its 15 massive moai, or Rano Kau volcano and the Bird Man cult. With its blissful off-the-grid remoteness and a mild year-round climate, the island is perfect for exploring on foot and the seas offer magnificent visibility for snorkelling and diving.

Easter Island has a number of excellent luxury lodges and boutique hotels. Please see some of our Easter Island feature accommodation below. We specialise in custom designing tours, and can easily tailor an Easter Island tour to suit your interests and budget.

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Chile Easter Island Featured Accommodation

Explora Easter Island

Explora Easter Island

Explora are experts when it comes to providing exceptional accommodation in isolated locations. Their stunning hotel on Easter Island, Posada de Mike Rapu is no exception, offering 30 guest rooms with private bathrooms and ocean views. Gourmet meals are served in a magnificent restaurant with a glassed-in kitchen, and there is a living area and bar. The lodge also features a pool, massage salon and open-air jacuzzi. Each day choose from a range of explorations by foot, horseback, bicycle or boat, each led by an expert guide.

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Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa

Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa

Built to blend with the environment, this new hotel has panoramic views over the Pacific Ocean. Next to the main coastal road and close to town, the unique architecture of Hanga Roa Eco Village & Spa is inspired by the local culture. The interior decoration is based on the geographic elements of the island, prioritising the natural light for the least artificial contact possible with the rapa nui environment. It offers 75 spacious rooms and suites, a complete spa, outdoor pool and delicious cuisine that highlights local culinary delights.

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Altiplánico Rapa Nui

Altiplánico Rapa Nui

Set on a property of 1.5 ha the hotel has a panoramic view of the shoreline on one of the world’s most unique destinations, Altiplanico Easter Island is designed in the style of the traditional Easter Island boathouse, with luxurious gardens, a beautiful swimming pool viewing the sea and large open spaces to relax after encountering the mysteries of the island. Rooms are independent units, linked by exterior corridors of stone, sand, or grass, each with a private terrace. All are spacious and comfortable opening to the view of the sea.

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Hotel Puku Vai

Hotel Puku Vai

Designed to reflect the natural textures of its surroundings, this stone and wood hotel has spacious public areas, a stunning pool and tropical garden, a bar and restaurant and free Wi-Fi. It offers rooms amidst a tropical setting designed out of natural materials and local art. Rooms include free Wi-Fi, a seating area with cable TV, air conditioning and a minibar. Massage treatments are offered and as well as a hot tub. Tours include visits to Rapa Nui archaeological sites, whilst the main Hanga Roa street is just a 10-minute walk away.

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Easter Island Overview

Why Easter Island: This is one of the most unique places on earth, due to its isolation and the spectacular archaeological remains of a mysterious lost civilisation.

Culture: Easter Island is best known for its gigantic stone monoliths, known as moai, that dot the coastline. In addition to the statues, the islanders possessed the Rongorongo script, the only written language in Oceania. Easter Island is also home to many petroglyphs (rock carvings), as well as traditional wood carvings, tapa (barkcloth) crafts, tattooing, string figures, dance and music.

When to Go: A mild year-round climate provides ideal conditions for exploring the island on foot or by bicycle. Expect more rainfall from Apr – May. The island is best visited as a stopover between Chile and Australia.

Combine With: The Chilean mainland, which offers diverse cultures and a wealth of varied landscapes, from the surreal salt flats and lakes of the altiplano (high plains) and the Atacama Desert to the glacial lakes and snow-capped mountains of Patagonia.

Getting There: Fly from Santiago, Chile to Hanga Roa on Easter Island.

Chile Overview

Why Chile: When it comes to awesome scenery and untouched wilderness, Chile is hard to beat. From dry deserts to lush forests, gentle lakes and glimmering icefields, this country has it all.

Culture: Chile’s rich, diverse culture is influenced as much by its indigenous and European peoples, as the varied landscape. Art, literature, folk music, dance and festivals are all central to Chilean society.

When to Go: Chile’s climate varies with latitude. The Atacama is dry and sunny, hot in summer and cold at night in winter. Central Chile has a pleasing Mediterranean climate, with warm summers and wet, mild winters. Southern Patagonia receives plenty or rain, with cool, windy summers and cold winters.

Combine With: Neighbouring Argentina, particularly when visiting the Patagonia region. Chile also combines well with Peru, where you can visit Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu or experience the Amazon rainforest at a secluded eco-lodge.

Getting There: Qantas and LAN fly from Australia via New Zealand to Santiago.

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