Easter Island (Rapa Nui)

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Easter Island (Rapa Nui), photo by Jantoniov
Easter Island (Rapa Nui) (photo by Jantoniov)
 

Easter Island (Rapa Nui) is one of the most isolated islands on Earth.

Officially a territory of Chile, it lies far off in the Pacific Ocean, roughly halfway to Tahiti.

It is most famous for its enigmatic giant stone statues, built centuries ago, which reflect the history of the dramatic rise and fall of the most isolated Polynesian culture.

Today, Rapa Nui National Park is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Its residents rely much on the tourism and economic links to Chile and daily flights to Santiago. As with many native peoples, the Rapa Nui seek a link to their past and how to integrate their culture with the political, economic, and social realities of today.

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Overall Atmosphere: Combination
Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.
Featuring both cultural and natural attractions.
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Pacific Bungalows

Offering a terrace and views of the garden, Pacific Bungalows is situated in Hanga Roa in the Easter Island Region. Tahai is 1.8 km away. The accommodation comes with a flat-screen TV. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 8.7/10.

$175

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Cabañas Rapa Nui Keka

Offering a garden, Cabañas Rapa Nui Keka offers pet-friendly accommodation in Hanga Roa. Tahai is 900 metres away. Free private parking is available on site. The accommodation is equipped with a seating area. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$125

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La Casa de Hatirenga

Set in Hanga Roa in the Easter Island Region, 1.4 km from Tahai, La Casa de Hatirenga features a barbecue and terrace. Hanga Roa Anthropological Museum is 1.8 km away. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 7.2/10.

$250

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Cabañas Tutunoa

Offering a garden, Cabañas Tutunoa offers accommodation in Hanga Roa. Tahai is 600 metres from the property. Free private parking is available on site. All units include a flat-screen TV. Some units have a terrace and/or patio. Average score from 270 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$50

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Te Ngahu Bungalows

Offering a garden, Te Ngahu Bungalows is set in Hanga Roa, 1.1 km from Tahai. Hanga Roa Anthropological Museum is 1.4 km from the property. Free private parking is available on site. Some units feature a terrace and/or balcony. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 9.0/10.

$98

 
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See all hotels in Easter Island (Rapa Nui).
Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Casa Marae Tai

Casa Marae Tai

Located across Pea Surf Beach, Casa Tai offers a self-catering holiday home in Hanga Roa. The house features a seating area, private bathroom, a TV and a fully equipped kitchen. There is also a balcony where guests can enjoy sea views from. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 9.4/10.

$350

$3509.4
Marae - Cabañas Premium

Marae - Cabañas Premium

Surrounded by a garden with BBQ facilities, Marae - Cabañas Premium offers self-catering bungalows with plasma TVs in the Easter Island. Free Wi-Fi and parking are provided. Hanga Roa centre is 1 km away. Free airport shuttles are provided. Average score from 55 guest reviews: 9.3/10.

$114 - $310

 
$1149.3
Cabañas Tautira

Cabañas Tautira

Located 200 metres from Pea beach and 500 metres from the handicraft fair, Cabañas Tautira offers self-catering accommodation with free Wi-Fi and scenic views in Isla de Pascua. Average score from 29 guest reviews: 9.1/10.

$120

 
$1209.1
Cabañas Hare Miru

Cabañas Hare Miru

Set in the heart of the countryside, Cabañas Hare Miru comprises self-catering bungalows with a lush garden in Hanga Roa. Average score from 125 guest reviews: 9.0/10.

$115

 
$1159.0
Tourvarua

Tourvarua

Featuring a private beach area, Tourvarua offers a self-catering holiday home in Hanga Roa. The two-bedroom house features a seating area, private bathroom with free toiletries, a TV and a fully equipped kitchen. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 9.0/10.

$135

$1359.0
Hotel Puku Vai

Hotel Puku Vai

Puku Vai is situated on Easter Island, world famous for its monumental statues and a part of UNESCO World Heritage. It offers rooms in a tropical setting and an outdoor pool. Tours include visits to Rapa Nui archaeological sites. Average score from 131 guest reviews: 9.0/10.

$200 - $280

 
$2009.0
Pikera Uri

Pikera Uri

Located 15 minutes' walk from the city centre, 100 metres from Tahai ceremonial centre, and 800 metres from Pea beach, Pikera Uri offers rooms with sea views and free Wi-Fi in public areas in Hanga Roa. Average score from 140 guest reviews: 9.0/10.

$208

 
$2089.0
Propiedades Vinapu

Propiedades Vinapu

Featuring a garden and outdoor BBQ facilities, Propiedades Vinapu offers self-catering accommodation with free WiFi. Free airport shuttles are provided and laundry services can be arranged. Vinapu is 0.9 km from Pea Beach. Average score from 35 guest reviews: 8.9/10.

$139

 
$1398.9
Hotel Taura'a

Hotel Taura'a

Located a 5-minute walk from the city centre, Hotel Taura'a features a garden, a terrace, free Wi-Fi, and breakfast. The hotel is a 5-minute drive from Pea beach and from Hanga Roa’s financial centre. Free airport shuttles are provided. Average score from 71 guest reviews: 8.8/10.

$150 - $210

 
$1508.8
Pacific Bungalows

Pacific Bungalows

Offering a terrace and views of the garden, Pacific Bungalows is situated in Hanga Roa in the Easter Island Region. Tahai is 1.8 km away. The accommodation comes with a flat-screen TV. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 8.7/10.

$175

$1758.7
Casa Vaiteka

Casa Vaiteka

Set in Hanga Roa, this detached holiday home features a garden with a barbecue. The holiday home is 2 km from Tahai. Free private parking is available on site. There is a seating area, a dining area and a kitchen equipped with an oven. Average score from 42 guest reviews: 8.7/10.

$430

$4308.7
Cabañas Morerava

Cabañas Morerava

Cabañas Morerava comprises solar-powered cottages with an eco-friendly design a 20-minute drive from Anakena Beach, in Hanga Roa. There is free WiFi and a complimentary Continental breakfast. Average score from 148 guest reviews: 8.5/10.

$163 - $355

 
$1638.5
Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa

Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa

Featuring a spa, a swimming pool, a hot tub and a restaurant overlooking the sea, Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa offers rooms with free WiFi. The village city centre is 200 metres away. Guests can enjoy free welcome cocktails. Average score from 75 guest reviews: 8.5/10.

$360 - $1174

 
$3608.5
Hare NOI

Hare NOI

Featuring a spa, an outdoor pool and a restaurant, Hare Noi offers rooms with free limited WiFi in Hanga Roa. The city centre is 5 km away. Rooms at Hare NOI were inspired by the homes of the first inhabitants of the island. Average score from 54 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$315

 
$3158.4
Lodge Isla de Pascua

Lodge Isla de Pascua

Offering a terrace and fitness centre, Lodge Isla de Pascua is set in Hanga Roa. Tahai is 1.9 km from the property. Free WiFi is available throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. Average score from 47 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$1000

$10008.4
Cabañas Mata Ki Te Rangi

Cabañas Mata Ki Te Rangi

Cabañas Mata Ki Te Rangi offers pet-friendly accommodation in Hanga Roa. Hanga Roa Anthropological Museum is 300 metres from the property. Free private parking is available on site. There is a seating and/or dining area in some units. Average score from 47 guest reviews: 8.3/10.

$130

 
$1308.3
Taimanarapanui

Taimanarapanui

Offering a garden, Taimanarapanui is located in Hanga Roa. Tahai is 1.1 km from the property. Free private parking is available on site. All units feature a seating and dining area. Some units have a terrace and/or patio. Average score from 39 guest reviews: 8.3/10.

$200

$2008.3

Highlighted Interests:

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Combination
Unusual Local Feature

Moai (Statues)

The main travel attraction on Easter Island are the Moai statues, standing upon ceremonial platforms called Ahu. Ahus are mostly located along the coastline of the island. First time visitors may be struck by how many archaeological sites there are around the island, where you can be virtually alone depending the season and time of the day.

The two entrances, Rano Raraku and Orongo, require entrance to the national park that can be bought at the airport upon arrival or, alternatively, at the CONAF office. The same entrance is valid in both locations so make sure you keep your ticket safe. The rest of the island can be visited without an entrance.
Natural
Beaches
Easter Island features two white sand beaches:

Anakena, on the north side of the island, is an excellent shorebreak bodysurfing location. There's a small parking lot, a restroom/changing facility (costing $1 U.S.D.), several small BBQ joints with cold drinks, and a shaded picnic area.

Ovahe, not far from Anakena. This beautiful and desolate beach is surrounded by breathtaking cliffs.
Hiking and Trekking
Hiking is fairly easy on Easter Island and it's not necessary to hire a guide.

Terevaka, the highest point of the island, is an easy route. It takes about 1.5 hours to reach top of the hill and about one hour for the return (from and to Ahu Akivi). Other option is to start from Vaitea (approx. halfway to main beach Anakena).

Rano Kau can be easily reached by foot. When you'll reach volcano, take the path on the east side of the crater to see some scenery not accessible with vehicles.

The northeast coast is a route that takes approx. 5-7 hours and requires some planning and preparations ahead.
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Natural
Fishing
Diving
Ocean Wildlife
Volcanoes

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