Enigmatic. Windswept. Remote. Easter Island is the whispered promise of adventure.
Technically Chilean but world’s apart (halfway between Tahiti and South America), Rapa Nui, as it is officially called, is one of the most remote inhabited islands on earth. The iconic stone Moai which adorn every postcard of Easter Island continue to fox anthropologists the world over. Crossing the island is like journeying through time. An open-air museum, filled with ancient structures and relics dating to the arrival of the first Polynesian navigators 1,700 years ago. Its raw, undisturbed landscapes draw only the most intrepid travellers.
Meet the Moai stone heads at the side of an archaeologist, who will reveal much about the ancient Polynesian culture; explore ancient sites, including quarries and caves that might yield further clues to understanding this otherworldly culture; hike or bike to the best vantage points with views across the island and the sea; surf or dive in one of the world’s most unusual locations; dine under extraordinarily clear skies as a festival of stars shimmers above you.
Where to Stay
A luxurious eco-lodge with award winning architecture and superlative views.
When to Go
From December to February it’s warm and ideal for swimming, though spring and autumn are best for exploring the interior and enjoying relative solitude.