Chile ATTRACTIONS See all

Easter Island

Known officially as Rapa Nui, chances are you know this Polynesian island in the South Pacific as Easter Island (or Isla de Pascua in Spanish). The island was annexed by Chile in 1888, and today is one of the world’s most fascinating UNESCO World Heritage sites, mostly due to its mysterious past.

The isolated island was named “Easter Island” by Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen, who first saw the island on Easter Sunday in the year 1722. Today, Easter Island is best known for the hundreds of gigantic stone statues that are lined up all around the coast. These surviving statues – called moai – are some of the only remains of the island’s native inhabitants. Most were thought to have died off more than 150 years ago due to the slave trade and disease brought to the island by European colonizers.

Today, the moai are by far the most popular reason for travelers to visit Easter Island. Much like Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids at Giza, archaeologists are not entirely sure how the moai were transported to their final locations, which makes these big-headed statues all the more interesting.

But driving/hiking around to see the moai aren’t the only things to do here. Visitors can also expect to find many archaeological sites scattered all around the island (many near the burial grounds that the moai are associated with), as well as volcanic craters, caves, white-sand beaches suitable for surfing, snorkeling and even scuba diving.

Tours & Tickets

See all

Easter Island Moai Archaeology Tour: Ahu Akivi, Ahu Vinapu and Puna Pau, Easter Island, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Easter Island Moai Archaeology Tour: Ahu Akivi, Ahu Vinapu and Puna Pau

4.5 star rating: Recommended 40 Reviews

Delve into the archaeological mysteries of Easter Island's Rapa Nui National Park on this half-day tour. Stand before ancient 'moai' stone sculptures carved by ...  Read more

Location: Hanga Roa, Chile
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $58.00
Tahai, Orongo and Rano Kau Half-Day Tour, Easter Island, Archaeology Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Tahai, Orongo and Rano Kau Half-Day Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 35 Reviews

Discover archaeological wonders on the southwestern coast of Easter Island on this half-day tour, including restored 'moai' statues at the Tahai ceremonial ...  Read more

Location: Hanga Roa, Chile
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $58.00
Easter Island Super Saver: Ahu Akivi and Orongo plus Anakena Beach Day Trip, Easter Island, ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Easter Island Super Saver: Ahu Akivi and Orongo plus Anakena Beach Day Trip

4 star rating: Recommended 20 Reviews

Save when you book three popular Easter Island tours to Ahu Akivi, Orongo and Anakena Beach. Visit famous ceremonial sites to admire mysterious 'moai,' stone ...  Read more

Location: Hanga Roa, Chile
Duration: Varies

From USD $200.00
$241.00 Save $41.00

See all

Viator uses cookies to improve your experience on our website. Learn more about how we use cookies and how to change your cookie settings | Close message