Know Before You Go – Easter Island
By Allie Almario
For travelers who are looking for one of the most isolated islands in the world with a magical landscape and a fascinating mythical history, Easter Island needs to be on your bucket list. It is most famous for its iconic collection of massive stone statues called Moai.
You’ll need to fly into Santiago, Chile, and then overnight before taking off on a 5-hour flight to Easter Island, also known as Rapa Nui. Once you step off the plane, you’ll be embraced with Polynesian warmth and friendship, complete with a heavenly-scented flower lei placed around your neck. And just like that, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into another world. Its population is tiny, just 5,000 or so inhabitants.
With only a handful of luxury boutique hotels, it’s best to think ahead and book your trip as far in advance as possible.
WHEN TO GO:
The most popular time is its summer season, from January to March, where the average daily temperature will hover in the 80s. From June to September, cooler temperatures in the 70s will abound and is generally mild. April and May can be a bit rainy, though it also means more lush gardens and even fewer travelers. Travelers in the know are prepared for windy conditions no matter when you go.
ABOUT THE MOAI:
Built to honor the dead, chieftains, leaders and heroes of the Rapa Nui, these incredible megaliths can weigh up to 90 tons. There are an estimated 1,000 of these statues that dot the island from coast to coast. Some can be seen in full length, while many others are still buried deep into the volcanic earth and may only have their shoulders and heads showing.
We recommend staying at least five or six days due to the length of time it takes to travel here each way. You’ll need at least three days of guided explorations to explore most of the island’s highlights, and of course, consider one day to take advantage of its world-class snorkeling, scuba or surfing opportunities.