Visit Easter Island
Easter Island is better known for its funny name than anything else and sadly this means that Easter Island is not the holiday destination that it could be. However, we at Visitalot believe that every place in the world deserves a chance and that is why we have created this guide to Easter Island. Read below and find out more about this incredible island and all that it has to offer.
Easter Island is actually owned by Chile and lies in the south-eastern Pacific Ocean. Apart from being named after a bunny (the Easter Bunny), this island carries a great deal of historical significance with the Moai statues being one of the great historical mysteries- no one knows how they got there, which civilisation put them there or where that civilisation went. However, people who visit Easter Island talk about some fantastic beaches, amazing scenery and some even better weather. It is a miracle that it has not been overrun with masses of tourists already.
I Bet You Did Not Know That?
Here are a couple of facts that I bet you did not know about Easter Island- read below and prepare to be surprised.
- No one knows how the Moai statues were moved
- Only the large heads are visible above ground, but below ground, they have even bigger bodies.
- In 2008, a Finnish tourist was so infatuated by the Moai statues that he hacked an ear off of one and tried to run away with it. However, he was spotted by an islander and reported to the police and given a fine of around $17,000.
- All of the Moai look the same apart from one. Tukuturi is the name of this statue and has a human sized head with a beard, is made with a different material to the rest of them and is even carved in a kneeling position with its arms on its knees. This is only one like it in the world and no one knows why.
- When one of these statues were dug up, it was incomplete but it was estimated that they would have been 21 metres high and would have weighed 270 tons.
- The name Easter Island is actually related to the Dutch explorer who first landed on the island.
Where is it?
As mentioned earlier, Easter Island is in the south-eastern Pacific Ocean and is legally Chilean territory. Despite this, it is located 2,300 miles away from Chile’s west coast.
Today, only 5,000 people live on the island despite its peak inhabitants being somewhere between 15,000 to 20,000.
When you look at temperature and climate on Easter Island, it remains fairly stable throughout the year, however, the seasons will match those of a southern hemisphere country. The hottest months are December through to May where the average temperature will reside in the mid-20s. The coldest months are June to November where the temperature will average in the high teens. Rain is abundant on the island however; it is shared relatively equally amongst the seasons. When it comes to what clothes you should bring, summer clothes like shorts and t-shirts will be useful during those warmer months, although, a raincoat is a sensible suggestion and you may want one. The opposite is true in winter months and some warmer jumpers and coats will be necessary.
Where to Stay and What to Do?
Here are a couple of the best places to stay on the island and the kind of activities you can expect to be doing in the area. See why people love to visit Easter Island
Hotel Hare Uta
This hotel is one of luxury and is a five star rated hotel. It comes with some excellent reviews to go along with this rating- many of which praise the facilities, the restaurant and the staff in general. The hotel itself is planted right in the middle of the beautiful island and from your room you will be able to see right across the landscape- there are few other places on earth that can give you this kind of view.
Nearby, there are a number of interesting things to do that you can take advantage of during your stay. The first of which is Rano Kao, this is a 324-metre-tall extinct volcano. Normally something like this will be hard to find and a long way away. However, if you choose to stay at this particular hotel then Rano Kao is only 15 minutes away and is also rated a 4.9 out of five on Google. Not only is it a once in a lifetime opportunity but it is also one of Easter Island’s top attractions. If you wanted to know a little more about the local population and their culture, then just 20 minutes away is Orongo. Orongo is the creation of Easter Island’s mysterious residents and was built in the 18th century. It is the traditional ruins of a village and can still be walked around and seen today. If you are at all interested in the culture of this amazing island and the mystery of the fate of the population
Hangaroa Eco Village
If you were looking for a hotel that offers something a little out of the ordinary why you visit Easter Island, an experience like no other, then maybe the Hangaroa Eco Village is for you. This four-star hotel comes fully equipped with all of the luxuries that you would expect from a four-star hotel- namely being a fully equipped spa, pool and beautiful views from the many rooms. Alongside that it is an eco-hotel so it has a small carbon footprint and features such as a living roof.
Hangaroa is in a slightly different place on the island to the above hotel, and therefore, you get to see a wider range of attractions. The Rapa Nui Museum is a local museum that we have not come across yet on our little description of the island but it is definitely worth mentioning. It was founded in 1973 and is centre for history and culture on the island. Matched with Orongo, an old village built on the island, these two make for one of the best cultural experiences you can get on the island and will truly immerse you in the mystery that is Easter Island and where its inhabitants went.
The elephant in the room of sorts is, of course, the statues. We have not mentioned them this far and we thought they deserved their own paragraph so here it is. From almost every hotel on the island regardless of location of rating, you can get to a site of ancient statues. The statues will be in different groups and will be called different names, however, chances are you will be able to see them. For this particular resort, Ahu Tahai are the statues that are closest- only being an 8-minute drive away. Other examples of such statues are the Ahu Akivi statues that are only a 20-minute drive away and Rano Raraku which are a little longer away and will take 30-minutes to get to.
Explora Rapa Nui
This is a lovely five-star option on the island that will provide you all of the luxury you would expect just in a stunning rural setting. You can expect a great open air pool, an excellent restaurant to relax in after a long day’s work and even a spa if you wanted to really relax. The reviews online only reinforce this with many previous guests at the hotel applauding the attention to the detail that the staff undergo to make your stay as good as possible, many also commented on the wide range of trips that were available to be booked from the hotel and others simply appreciated the architecture of the place.
Explora Rapa Nui is a little further away from the southern end of the island and so you have easier access to some of the islands other attractions. Ahu Tongariki is a remote area that features 15 of Easter Islands legendary Moai statues and a lovely view of the sunset to match. This collection of statues also features the heaviest of all of the Moai statues on the island- a sight that you are definitely going to want to see. After all of that culture, maybe you want a little beach getaway- white sand, palm trees and sun. Luckily for you, Easter Island has the beautiful Anakena beach. This beach is another high rated attraction and is only 20-minutes away from this particular hotel, giving you an excellent chance to top up your tan and have a swim in the lovely light blue sea. However, if you still wanted to visit some of the places on the other side of the island then do not fear because they will not be longer than 45-minutes away.
That rounds up our Visit Easter Island review. if you are looking for more inspiration then visit our weird South America Holidays category where you can read about destinations such as the Falkland islands and the amazon rain Forrest. If you are looking for something a little further afield then check out our blog where you will find all of the locations we have reviewed. We guarantee that you will not be disappointed.