Easter Island is one of the most isolated islands in the world (and the most remote of all inhabited islands in the world). And yet, it is also one of the most mysterious. When you travel to Easter Island, you will recognize that it is best known for the famous Moai statues. For this reason, Easter Island was named by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1995. Majority of the island belongs to the Rapa Nui National Park.
History points to the Polynesians as the initial settlers in the island. They built a thriving community on the island and helped put together the stone moai that stood strong until today. Over the time, the Rapa Nui civilization weakened and most of them left the island.
Today, Easter Island is a territory of Chile. The latest census on the island reveals it has over 5,800 residents. Majority of these inhabitants (roughly 60%) trace their lineage to the aboriginal Rapa Nui.
Currency: Chilean Peso
Official Language: Spanish is the official language in Easter Island. However, the locals speak Rapa Nui, which is a Polynesian language with a Tahitian root.
Wi-Fi Availability: Easter Island is pretty remote so Wi-Fi isn’t as widely available. You can find hotels with free Wi-Fi though.
Airport/s: The Mataveri International Airport in Hanga Roa is the most remote airport in the world. You must travel to Easter Island via this airport.
Visa Required: The visa requirements for travel to Easter Island is the same with that of Chile.
International Driver’s License Accepted? You do not need an international driver’s license to drive in Easter Island. You can use foreign-issued driver’s license.
Crime: The crime level in Easter Island is extremely low to non-existent. There are no reports of pick-pockets in Easter Island, even in crowded areas.
Electrical Adapters: The standard voltage used in the Easter Island is 220 volts with a frequency of 50 Hertz.
Trivia: There are three extinct volcanoes in Easter Island. Technically, it is a massive volcano rising from the floor of the Pacific Ocean.
Cuisine on Easter Island
Traditional cuisine of Easter Island consists mainly of seafood, such as fish. There is an abundant supply of fishes like swordfish, mahi mahi, and tuna on the island. Other types of abundant seafood in the island include lobsters and shrimps.
Aside from seafood, various agricultural products and root crops are incorporated into a traditional meal on the Easter Island. These food staples are also similar to other islands on the Pacific. These products include taro, plaintain, yams, and sweet potatoes.
Where I’ve Been to in Easter Island
- Moai at Ahu Tongariki, Easter Island
- Rapa Nui National Park
- Easter Island on the News
- Life on Easter Island
Travel to Easter Island Resources
- Easter Island – Places of Peace and Power
- History.com – Easter Island
- Easter Island Tourism
- Easter Island: National Geographic