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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.

Q: Which airports can I fly in to for a holiday to Easter Island?

A: Your stay in Easter Island will probably begin by disembarking your aircraft at Hanga Roa (IPC-Mataveri Intl.). This popular transportation hub operates 4 international flights each month.

Q: What does an Easter Island holiday booking with Expedia include?

A: You can begin by selecting your flight, car and hotel. Lock in as little or as much as you like. Next comes the more exciting stuff — booking fun activities and unforgettable experiences. With plenty of fantastic options to choose from, organising your upcoming holiday in Easter Island will be a piece of cake.

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A: We're going to let you in on a little secret — it's our holiday packages. By locking in your Flights, Hotels and Experiences via Expedia, you'll get deals that'll make your wallet happy. It's that simple. Not quite ready to select that hotel room or car just yet? Don't worry. You can add them to your existing booking later on and still get access to impressive discounts. For example, how does up to 42% off selected hotels sound to you?


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Kona Koa Lodge NZ$410
Reviewed on 17 Mar. 2020
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Kona Koa Lodge

Kona Koa Lodge

     
    4.9 of 5
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This was an extraordinary property with beautiful views. The rooms were decorated with special pieces of French furniture and the bed was incredibly comfortable. We loved the entire bungalow and the lovely kitchenette. Our hostess Fiji was an extremely helpful and nice hostess! This is a beautiful ...

    Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa
    Reviewed on 23 Dec. 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

      The hotel setting, attention, rooms, sunset, all are fabulous.

      explora Rapa Nui - All Inclusive
      Reviewed on 24 Jan. 2020
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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 fact that every detail is taken in consideration and that the staff is super helpful and friendly made this place even more special. The rooms, the view, the common areas are beautiful and the food prepared was delicious. The explorations are well planned and the guides did know their material. ...

        Hotel Hare Uta NZ$295
        Reviewed on 3 Mar. 2020
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        Hotel Hare Uta

        Hotel Hare Uta

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

          Beautiful setting. Pool is welcoming oasis. Restaurant is good, expanded menu would make it better.

          Kaimana Inn Hotel Restaurant NZ$207
          Reviewed on 19 Mar. 2020
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          Kaimana Inn Hotel Restaurant

          Kaimana Inn Hotel Restaurant

             
            3.7 of 5
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            The staff are very friendly and the property is located very close to shops. The water where you can swim is just a few minutes walk away.

            Taha Tai Hotel NZ$313
            Reviewed on 26 Jan. 2020
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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 well located, staff is friendly, food is great and bedrooms are spacious. They charge for water refills and hotel is expensive so come prepared.

              Hotel Uka Mana NZ$197
              Reviewed on 25 Feb. 2020
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              Hotel Uka Mana

              Hotel Uka Mana

                 
                3.9 of 5
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                TOO FAR AWAY FROM RESTURANTS, REQUIRING TAXI OR RENTAL CAR

                Cabañas Taina Meme 2 NZ$44,353
                Cabañas Taina Meme 2

                Cabañas Taina Meme 2

                Tu'u Koihu, Petero Atamu, Hanga Roa, Valparaíso
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the beach, this apartment building is steps away from Hanga Roa National Park and Mercado Artesanal Municipal. Pea Beach and Ahu Vai Uri are also within 15 minutes.

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