Easter Island is the perfect place to visit for all history enthusiasts and those interested in Moai. The natural beauty, majestic Moai and modern Polynesian culture make the easter island day trip worth it.

Three thousand seven hundred forty-six kilometers west of the country of Chile lies Easter Island in the Pacific Ocean (See in Google Maps). The Flight from Chile’s capital, Santiago, takes 5 hours to reach Easter Island. This is the closest flight connection.

Easter island map without a tour

The Native Name of Easter Island is Rapa Nui, famous for archaeological sites, including over 900 monumental statues known as Moai, constructed by the people living during the 13th-16th centuries.

The fascinating thing about the creation of these statues is not only the impressive size and quantity of them but also the circumstances under which they were built. The Moai statues were built to commemorate the ancestors and important people that had passed away. 

Due to the Easter Island being located in the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons are reversed. Therefore the months of December to February, with an increased number of flights and warmer weather, makes it an ideal time to visit. However, during October, November, March, and April fewer people are visiting, so it is a better time for an Easter Island day tour in a secluded manner. The only downside to this is that the Antarctic winds can make the temperatures less comfortable.

To visit Easter Island, there is only one airport, the Mataveri International Airport, with only one airline offering services, the Chilean carrier LATAM

You have an option of choosing to travel from Tahiti to Easter Island, but there is only one weekly flight, and it is costly, for about USD 1,050.

However, you can choose a cheaper option by traveling from Santiago to Easter Islands. There is a daily flight and it is 5 hours long, ranging from $350-USD 1000, depending on the dates you opt for.

There is a wooden National Park booth at the Island’s airport which is the most convenient place to purchase the Park’s tickets. The $80 per person ticket covers the cost of all the sites for the Easter Island day trip.

Step 1: Rapa Nui National Park Entrance Tickets

There is a wooden National Park booth at the Island’s airport which is the most convenient place to purchase the Park’s tickets. The $80 per person ticket covers the cost of all the sites for the Easter Island day trip.

There are several ways you can go around in your Easter Island day trip: 
Walking: This is the best way to appreciate and feel this distant territory, you can walk to some caves, viewpoints and nearby archaeological sites. 
Riding a Horse: This is a more relaxed way of exploring the Island. You can find these animals at almost every corner of the Island.
Cycling: You can rent a bicycle from any of the several businesses located on the main street. The roads are perfectly paved and it is best to make sure you take a necessary kit in addition to the bike, in case of a puncture.
Cars, Motorcycles and Quads: These are convenient and quick to travel around the Island but do not forget there are no insurance companies, so in case of any damage, the client has to cover the repairs.
Taxis: For those who do not want to rent any type of vehicle, there are many taxi services with which you can coordinate and plan your trip accordingly.

Step 2: Easter Island Day Trip Transport

There are several ways you can go around in your Easter Island day trip: 
Walking: This is the best way to appreciate and feel this distant territory, you can walk to some caves, viewpoints and nearby archaeological sites. 
Riding a Horse: This is a more relaxed way of exploring the Island. You can find these animals at almost every corner of the Island.
Cycling: You can rent a bicycle from any of the several businesses located on the main street. The roads are perfectly paved and it is best to make sure you take a necessary kit in addition to the bike, in case of a puncture.
Cars, Motorcycles and Quads: These are convenient and quick to travel around the Island but do not forget there are no insurance companies, so in case of any damage, the client has to cover the repairs.
Taxis: For those who do not want to rent any type of vehicle, there are many taxi services with which you can coordinate and plan your trip accordingly.

The sunrise on Easter Island is quite late, so it is best to add it to your list. You’ll be able to witness 15 moai statues stand next to each other on an Ahu ( a ceremonial platform) facing inland, as you view the orange sunrise right behind them, forming a shadowy silhouette out of the statues.

Step 3: Watching The Sunrise At Ahu Tongariki

The sunrise on Easter Island is quite late, so it is best to add it to your list. You’ll be able to witness 15 moai statues stand next to each other on an Ahu ( a ceremonial platform) facing inland, as you view the orange sunrise right behind them, forming a shadowy silhouette out of the statues.

This is the largest and most beautiful volcano on Easter Island. The feeling of silence, the sound of waves in the distance, the occasional squawking of seabirds, and the tranquil atmosphere make Rano Kau one of the must-visit places of your Easter Island day trip. Aren’t you excited to experience all that? It is located on the South Western peninsula of Easter Island.
One of its beautiful views is the crater lake, with its 800m surface diameter making it the largest reservoir of freshwater. From here you can bask in the glorious view of the whole island and the pacific ocean.

Step 4: Rano Kau

This is the largest and most beautiful volcano on Easter Island. The feeling of silence, the sound of waves in the distance, the occasional squawking of seabirds, and the tranquil atmosphere make Rano Kau one of the must-visit places of your Easter Island day trip. Aren’t you excited to experience all that? It is located on the South Western peninsula of Easter Island.
One of its beautiful views is the crater lake, with its 800m surface diameter making it the largest reservoir of freshwater. From here you can bask in the glorious view of the whole island and the pacific ocean.

Travel from Rano Kau to Ahu Nau Nau, where you will arrive at the Anakena Beach. The view of the Ahu Nau Nau, framed between the palm trees, the white sand, and the clear turquoise blue of the stunning beach of Anakena is one of the most magnificent sites you can visit on your Easter Island day trip. It is one of the most well preserved Ahu on the island, with four moais in really good condition. 
You can do shore fishing, deep-sea fishing, kayaking, or sunbathing in Anakena Beach. You should spend around 3 hours here.

Step 5: Anakena Beach And The Ahu Nau Nau

Travel from Rano Kau to Ahu Nau Nau, where you will arrive at the Anakena Beach. The view of the Ahu Nau Nau, framed between the palm trees, the white sand, and the clear turquoise blue of the stunning beach of Anakena is one of the most magnificent sites you can visit on your Easter Island day trip. It is one of the most well preserved Ahu on the island, with four moais in really good condition. 
You can do shore fishing, deep-sea fishing, kayaking, or sunbathing in Anakena Beach. You should spend around 3 hours here.

Apart from the beautiful view, the Anakena beach has an amazing picnic area under the exotic palm trees, the perfect setting to relax after all the travelling and sightseeing. There are small kiosks run by Rapanui families, which sell cheese or tuna patties, different types of skewers, and local fish dishes accompanied by the refreshing Mahina Beer.

Step 6: Food At Anakena Beach

Apart from the beautiful view, the Anakena beach has an amazing picnic area under the exotic palm trees, the perfect setting to relax after all the travelling and sightseeing. There are small kiosks run by Rapanui families, which sell cheese or tuna patties, different types of skewers, and local fish dishes accompanied by the refreshing Mahina Beer.

It is a volcanic crater formed by volcanic ash which is located on the slopes of Trevaka, the largest, tallest and youngest of three main extinct volcanoes. This is the birthplace of the Moai, from this mountain quarry, you can see how the Moai were carved. Here, you can walk around for hours on end without getting bored, you’ll be able to see the different stages of carving. Fascinating, right?
You can spend 2-3 hours here and then move on to the next destination!

Step 7: Rona Ranaku

It is a volcanic crater formed by volcanic ash which is located on the slopes of Trevaka, the largest, tallest and youngest of three main extinct volcanoes. This is the birthplace of the Moai, from this mountain quarry, you can see how the Moai were carved. Here, you can walk around for hours on end without getting bored, you’ll be able to see the different stages of carving. Fascinating, right?
You can spend 2-3 hours here and then move on to the next destination!

To conclude the day trip, the last destination must also be equally beautiful, right? Well, here is the perfect place. Tahai is the best place to watch the sunset, especially since it is located at the edge of Hanga Rao– the town. 
The 5 moai standing on an Ahu, with the sea right behind them form the perfect setting for when the sun sets in the horizon.

Step 8: End Of Your Easter Island Day Trip

To conclude the day trip, the last destination must also be equally beautiful, right? Well, here is the perfect place. Tahai is the best place to watch the sunset, especially since it is located at the edge of Hanga Rao– the town. 
The 5 moai standing on an Ahu, with the sea right behind them form the perfect setting for when the sun sets in the horizon.

Conclusion:

FoodNuts, Crackers, Granola Bars, snacks, juices, water.
ClothesSwimsuit, comfortable shoes, beach wrap, beach towel, sportswear for trekking.
Extrassunblock, first aid, lots of cash because few ATMs, toiletries, sanitizer, bug repellent.

To summarize, your Easter Island day trip will be filled with fascinating views, magnificent historical sites, and spectacular beaches, so make sure you follow our step by step guide and make the best out of your tour! Which part of the guide was your favorite? Let us know in the comments below and click the link to discover more travel guides on your own.

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