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Easter Island Holiday

Search for the meaning of ancient stone sculptures on this small island off Chile’s coast. When you’re not exploring history, enjoy splendid beaches.

Easter Island brings to mind history and mystery. See its giant moai, statues of elongated human-like figures carved from volcanic rock. They rest on stone platforms called ahus and some wear stone headdresses. Learn about the ancient people who created these pieces as well as the explorers who pondered over them centuries later.

The island has about 900 moai, many in and around the Rano Raraku Quarry, with lava from the Rano Raraku volcano. They range in size from about 3 feet (1 meter) to 70 feet (21 meters) tall. Ahu Tongariki has one of the most prestigious displays. As you gaze at these amazing statues, marvel at the primitive engineering that transported the heavy carvings more than 10 miles (16 kilometers) across the island. Archaeologists have determined how the islanders used ropes, logs and human energy to complete this work, but don’t know why. 

Explore distinct cultural developments over the last 1,200 years. The date is still debated but experts believe the Polynesians arrived in about A.D. 300 and developed moai starting about 700 A.D. but later destroyed many to build larger ones. After resource depletion and a fierce civil war, the local population dramatically declined. Europeans arrived on Easter Sunday 1722, giving the island its current name. Chile annexed the island, also known as Rapa Nui, in 1888 for sheep farming. Today tourism is the key industry.

Besides its historical significance, Easter Island offers very pleasant South Pacific beach vacation conditions. Travel to Anakena Beach on the northern shore to swim in azure waters the color of lapis lazuli gemstones, laze on the soft white sands under the shade of coconut palms or try bodysurfing. Gaze at the Ahu Nau Nau, with moai that are in exceptional condition after they were buried here in the sand for centuries.

Reach Easter Island by flying from Santiago, Chile, to Mataveri International Airport in the main city of Hanga Roa. Rent a four-wheel drive or use taxis to get around. Join a tour for best moai access and information.


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Taha Tai Hotel NZ$297
Reviewed on 30 Jul. 2019
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Taha Tai Hotel

Taha Tai Hotel

Apina Nui S/n, Hanga Roa, Easter Island
     
    4.3 of 5
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Very nice property close to the main area of the town. Loved our weekend stay here. Want to go back another time.

    Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa NZ$470
    Reviewed on 4 Aug. 2019
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    Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa

    Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa

    Av Pont S/n, Hanga Roa, Easter Island
       
      4.3 of 5
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      All staff extremely friendly and welcoming. Best massage I have ever had

      Chez Steve Residence Kyle Mio NZ$100
      Reviewed on 16 Jul. 2019
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      Chez Steve Residence Kyle Mio

      Chez Steve Residence Kyle Mio

      Tahai, Hanga Roa
         
        4.3 of 5
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Very clean, nice shower, hot water. Good breakfast every day. Overall good value for money. Rooms are a bit dark.

        Hotel Hare Noi Rapa Nui NZ$576
        Reviewed on 4 Aug. 2019
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        Hotel Hare Noi Rapa Nui

        Hotel Hare Noi Rapa Nui

        Av. Hotu Matua S/N, Hanga Roa, Easter Island
           
          4.4 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Unique property in a quiet part of the island. The rooms are lovely and the beds some of the most comfy I have slept in. The rooms have a/c and terraces with good views. Two rooms share a central area where there are tea and coffee facilities and a large table and chairs; It is supposed to promote ...

          Mahia Hotel & Resto NZ$230
          Reviewed on 15 Dec. 2018
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          Mahia Hotel & Resto

          Mahia Hotel & Resto

          Av. Apina S/N, Hanga Roa, Valparaiso
             
            4.3 of 5
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            For bungalow accommodation with beautiful views of volacanic rocky shore, ocean and sunsets it was perfect. Pickup from airport with flower necklace from late flight was welcoming and appreciated, but we did not see Rafael again for 3 days so lucky we didn’t need any help or information as offered ...

            explora Rapa Nui - All Inclusive
            Reviewed on 29 Jun. 2019
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            explora Rapa Nui - All Inclusive

            explora Rapa Nui - All Inclusive

            Te Miro Oone S/N, Hanga Roa, Easter Island
               
              5.0 of 5
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              The staff was really nice and very flexible. The excursions were fun, and they really do a nice job of accomodating older guests.

              Lemu Lodge Vaihu NZ$303
              Reviewed on 1 Aug. 2019
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              Lemu Lodge Vaihu

              Lemu Lodge Vaihu

              Caleta Vaihu sin número, Isla de Pascua, Hanga Roa, Valparaiso
                 
                5.0 of 5
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Very unique hotel, very private and a bit remote from town so very quiet and relaxing. The Tents were very well appointed and outdoor shower was lovely. No fans in the rooms so summer could be quite warm in the tents (we stayed in winter and it was cool but there were thick duvets on the beds). The ...

                Tauraa Hotel NZ$277
                Reviewed on 6 Apr. 2019
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                Tauraa Hotel

                Tauraa Hotel

                Atamu Tekena s/n, Hanga Roa, Easter Island
                   
                  4.1 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Excellent breakfast. Convenient location -able to walk to waterfront and many restaurants. Owners were very accommodating-transportation to and from airport-willingly picked up hat I had inadvertently left on tour van.

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