Easter Island Information

Island facts

How to get to Easter Island?

Arrival by air – The only airline serving Easter Island is LATAM. It has daily flights to/from Santiago and one weekly flight to/from Pape’ete (Tahiti).

The duration of the flight from Santiago de Chile to Easter Island is about 5 hours and 40 minutes on the way and somewhat less, 4 hours and 45 minutes.

You can book flight ticket directly at www.latam.com

Arrival by Cruise – Many cruise ships include Easter Island in their itinerary along the year. Cruise ships generally head for the main town of Hanga Roa to tender passengers ashore. Oceania, Princess Cruises,  Holland America and Costa Cruises are some of the cruise liners that choose Easter Island as destination in their itinerary. 

Geographic Location: 27º 9′ South latitude / 109º 26′ West latitude. 

Distance: 3.800 km off chilean coast and 4.000 km from Tahiti.

Airport: Mataveri International Airport in Easter Island

 

Entering Easter Island

During the last decade, the population growth in Rapa Nui has been pointed out as the one responsible for the deterioration in the quality of basic services, waste management, environmental status and pollution of the oceans.

 

What I should know if I am a tourist.

As of August 1, 2018, the Investigative Police of Chile will request you to complete the Unique Form (FUI) to enter Easter Island at the airport and the ports of the continent.

Travel requirements

  • Ticket
  • Have a round trip ticket.
  • Identification document.
  • Identity card, passport or other suitable travel document.
  • Accommodation

 

Because Rapa Nui is protected by everyone,  know the requirements of the new law to visit or stay on the island of Rapa Nui.

Book an accommodation authorized by SERNATUR for tourists or an invitation letter written by a resident or person belonging to the people of Rapa Nui delivered by the Government. In both cases, the place of stay must be accredited.

Maximum period of permanence

Any Chilean or foreign person who enters Easter Island can stay for up to 30 days.


National Park Ticket

Every tourist requires a National Park  to visit all the archaeological sites of Easter Island.

This ticket can be purchased at 2 points of sale in Rapa Nui:

1. At the Ma’u Henua ticket office located in the entrance gallery of  Mataveri Airport, during the arrival times of the flight,

2. At the Ma’u Henua office located on Atamu Tekena street (next to the Cruz Verde pharmacy).

The entry lasts 10 days, from the first control and can be checked at site of the Rapa Nui National Park, so it is advisable to take this ticket with you always. Keep in mind that you can only enter Rano Raraku and O’rongo only once during your stay. The rest of the sites can be visited as many times as desired.

Prices:

International tourists:

Adult USD 80 / Child: USD 40

Useful Information

What is the spoken language?

The official language is Spanish however the native speakers speak the local language: Rapa Nui. French and English are also frequently spoken languages ​​among the community. Many local services speak Italian, Portuguese, German and Japanese.

How’s the weather?

Rapa Nui has a rainy subtropical climate with intermittent rain throughout the year. The temperature is rather warm, varying between 13ºC and 29ºC with 76% relative humidity.

What type of electricity is used on the island?

The electricity on the island is 220 Volt

City: Hanga Roa Language: Spanish / Rapa Nui

Currency: CLP / Euro / USD

Time difference: 2 hours less than continental Chile

Climate: Subtropical maritime

Average annual temperature: 20ºC Annual average humidity: 76%

How is the weather like?

The climate of Easter Island is subtropical, warm and humid in summer and mild in winter, since the average daily temperature ranges from 23/24 °C (74/75 °F) in the period from January to March, to 18.5 °C (65 °F) in the period from July to September.

The daily temperature range is small because of the influence of the ocean. Although the maximum temperatures are usually not too high, and on average are around 27 °C (81 °F) in the warmest period that goes from January to March, they can sometimes exceed 30 °C (86 °F) all year round, while at times they can reach 35 °C (95 °F) from January to April. On the contrary, during winter, sometimes the night temperature may drop slightly below 10 °C (50 °F) from June to August.

Tapati Festival

The Tapati Rapa Nui is the most important festival on the island and, without a doubt, one of the most important in all of Polynesia. For a week (tapati) the families are organized to compete in the election of a queen to represent the island. The Tapati symbolizes the updating of the commitment derived from the implicit obligations in a reciprocal relationship system, which implies that the success of each candidate depends on the goods and services paid by the people to their families. The Tapati takes place every year in the middle of summer, at the beginning of February, with thousands of participants.

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