Easter Island

A Polynesian Pearl in the South Pacific

Best known for the ancient stone monoliths that stud its coastline, Easter Island is a small volcanic island of the South Pacific deemed to be the remotest permanently inhabited landmass on earth. In spite of its size, Rapa Nui, as it is known locally, is full of both historic and natural treasures that have earned it a place among the world's most extraordinary wonders. Its 20,000 archaeological sites, rich native culture, breathtaking views of volcanic craters, crystal-clear seas and white sand beaches enrapture history buffs and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

Although scientists have unraveled many of Rapa Nui's enigmas, an aura of mystery still surrounds its stone moai statues and much of its early history. According to legend, it was King Hotu Matu'a who first arrived on the island along with his extended family, and researchers have determined that they likely set off from the Marquesas, Mangarevas, Cook Islands or Pitcairn Island in the 8th century. These original Polynesian settlers created a flourishing society among the island's lush palm forests, developing a written language known as Rongorongo and megalithic art in the form of moai and petroglyphs. However, a population explosion led to severe deforestation, precipitating a bloody civil war and famine. On Easter Sunday, 1722, Admiral Jacob Roggeveen and his Dutch expedition became the first Europeans to set foot on the island, and the subsequent arrival of Peruvian slave traders and Catholic missionaries further decimated Rapa Nui society and culture.

Today, visitors come here from all over the world to glimpse the mystifying remains left behind by Rapa Nui's original inhabitants, including over 850 moai statues, the Rano Raraku quarry and the ceremonial Orongo village on the edge of the Rano Kau crater with its hundreds of petroglyphs. The island also offers ample opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, horseback riding, swimming at Anakena Beach and snorkeling or scuba diving at Motu Nui. Rapa Nui's only town, Hanga Roa, is a good place to soak up the mellow island vibe, visit the local museum, library and church, and witness the island's Polynesian cultural heritage festival, Tapati, held late January to early February.

All Easter Island hotels are located in Hanga Roa, the majority of them being simple hotels and guesthouses in the downtown area. A typical Easter Island hotel room features a reasonably comfortable bed, cheap bedding, tile floors and occasionally a TV and desk. Some islanders also offer lodgings in their private homes.

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Taniera Teave s/n, Hanga Roa, Easter Island, Chile
Review Score 8.0
Named after the raised platforms used by the fishermen of old to survey the ocean, the Tupa Hotel offers travelers simple accommodations...
from USD 106 per night
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Avareipua s/n, Hanga Roa, Easter Island, Chile
Review Score 7.0
The Chez Joseph Rapa Nui hotel is located in the town center of Hanga Roa, Easter Island, only 200 feet from the shore. Its twenty-two...
from USD 85 per night
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Hotu Matua s/n, Hanga Roa, Easter Island, Chile
Review Score 8.0
Hinariru Nui's bungalows and guest rooms come with private terraces, completely equipped kitchens, free Wi-Fi and direct access to ample...
from USD 125 per night
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Simon Paoa s/n, Hanga Roa, Easter Island, Chile
Hostal Noa Ariki is situated in Hanga Roa, Easter Island's only town. It offers horseback riding classes, a car and motorbike rental...
from USD 85 per night
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Calle Hono Nui s/n, Tekarera, Hanga Roa, Easter Island, Chile
Te Pito Kura Cabañas is a family-run property located a few miles from downtown Hanga Roa. Te Pito Kura's remote, spectacular location...
from USD 110 per night
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Hanga Roa, Easter Island, Chile
In a quiet area just north of the center of Hanga Roa lie the bungalows of Cabañas Manatea, which command a sweeping westerly view of...
from USD 45 per night
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Tahai s/n, Hanga Roa, Easter Island, Chile
In a quiet natural setting overlooking the sea, the self-catering bungalows of Alojamiento Isla de Pascua were designed with guests'...
from USD 135 per night
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Tahai s/n, Hanga Roa, Easter Island, Chile
Review Score 9.0
Named for the sea turtles that live in the bay, the Honu Nui Cabañas is a group of well-equipped private bungalows overlooking the sea....
from USD 136 per night
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Tahai s/n, Hanga Roa, Easter Island, Chile
Review Score 7.0
Owned and run by a couple with a long tradition in the island's hospitality industry, Polo and Maria Teresa, the small cabin resort of...
from USD 50 per night
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Atamu Tekena s/n, Hanga Roa, Easter Island, Chile
Set on a hill overlooking the beach on Easter Island, the Keu Henua cabin resort offers eco-friendly accommodations to use as a base for...
from USD 150 per night
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Puna Pau s/n, Hanga Roa, Easter Island, Chile
Review Score 9.0
The Hostal Pukao is situated outside the city center in a quiet meadow surrounded by rolling green hills. Rooms are situated in two...
from USD 95 per night
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This is a zero-star hotel.
Probably due to the type of accommodation, this hotel or vacation rental has not been evaluated by existing star rating systems. The stars for this property are therefore awarded by Pacarama based on its expertise and knowledge of the hotel market in Peru and Chile.
Prices are per night per room