Submerged moa, Hanga
Roa Bay, Easter Island.
Photo: Tom Martin. Luxury Easter Island Tours & Travel.
Why visit Easter Island?
Midway between Tahiti and Chile, Easter
Island has long been subject to much speculation and inquisitive
research. How and why did its people carve out, move and erect
hundreds of giant stone Moai statues on the shoreline of the
island? It is the most isolated island on earth but 1,200 years
ago a double-hulled canoe filled with seafarers from a remote
culture landed upon its coast. Over the centuries that followed,
an extraordinary culture developed on the remote island. It today
remains one of the most unusual places on the planet, an open-air
museum, showcasing a fascinating culture. The Rapanui are some
of the friendliest people one will ever meet and the landscape
is truly incredible -- volcanic craters, lava formations, beaches,
brilliant blue water and archaeological sites all add to the
uniqueness of Easter Island. The sub-tropical Polynesian island
has been part of Chile since 1888.
When to go
The best time to visit the island is
in the first two weeks of February, when Tapati is celebrated.
During this cultural festival, ancient traditions, competitions
and artistic skills are demonstrated to the visitor, either in
the village of Hanga Roa or historic place like Tahai, Rano Raraku
and Anakena. At this time, accommodations and flight availability
Change about US$100 into Chilean Pesos
in Santiago -- the exchange rate is better. You won't need many
pesos because American dollars in small denominations are readily
accepted on Easter Island. As well, credit cards can be used
in hotels, most restaurants and some shops. There is only one
cash machine on the island, and it does not accept Visa cards.
Light, clothes; trekking shoes; sun-block;
sun glasses, wind suit and rain jacket.
Most food is flown to the island from
mainland Chile, over 2,000 miles away, making meals exceedingly
expensive. Inka's Empire Tours provides breakfasts, lunches and
dinner on the evening of your arrival. For other dinners with
wine in one of our recommended restaurants, plan on spending
$50 to $100 per person.
On the first and last day, we will provide
two bottles of water per guest and three bottles of water per
guest on the other days.
Diving at Hanga Roa Bay, Motu Kao Kao
and other sites can be arranged upon request. Ribbon Fish and
Amber Jack swim among the coral, which is volcanic based and
very young. We recommend that all divers hold a PADI Advanced
Open Water Certification. This is not a place to go on your 4th
or 5th dive, as some of the best diving is at depths around 30
meters (100 feet).
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