Easter Island Travel Guide
Easter Island Overview
Easter Island (Isla de Pascua) is a remote volcanic island famous for it’s ancient carved stone statues called Moai. Situated in the Pacific Ocean it’s one of the most isolated islands on the planet. The majority of the island is a designated UNESCO world heritage site popular with visitors from all over the world. Although it’s one of the more touristy remote places I’ve visited, it’s easily accessible and is a great place to spend a few days exploring.
Where: Easter Island is a tiny speck of land situated in the Pacific Ocean a staggering 2,182 miles from the coast of Chile. The nearest inhabited land is the Pitcairn Island 1,289 miles away with a population of just 50.
Remoteness: 8 / 10
Background: Easter Island is roughly 15 miles long by 7 miles at its widest point and has been governed by Chile since it annexed the island in 1888. In 2017 a census revealed that the island has 7,750 residents with 60 percent direct descendants of the native Rapa Nui.
How To Get To Easter Island
Easter Island is served by LATAM airlines which runs daily flights from Santiago in Chile with an approximate flight time of 4 1/2 hours. This makes a visit to Easter Island a great extension to a visit to mainland Chile.
The price for buying Santiago to Easter Island flights are more expensive if they are purchased on their own. To save money I use the multi-city function on Skyscanner and buy all my flights under one ticket at the same time. I saved hundreds of pounds on my Easter Island flights by using this method. I also advise booking early as it is a busy route with limited capacity.
LATAM also have a weekly connection from Easter Island to Tahiti in French Polynesia. This makes Easter Island a perfect stopover on a round the world flight. Check Skyscanner to find the best price.
It’s also possible to visit Easter Island by sea. The following cruise lines offer Easter Island as a port on their cruises. Be warned that it is only possible to land on Easter Island in certain weather conditions so if you want to be guaranteed time on the island flying is the best option.
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