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Updated on Aug 17, 2020 Useful Info

Best way to get to Easter Island, Chile

  • Easter Island is located in the middle of the pacific, quite far from mainland Chile (about 3700 kilometers/2300 miles from Santiago). It's quite a popular tourist destination due to the famous Moai statues on the island

  • The best way to get to the island is to fly. There are no public ferries or boats to Easter Island from anywhere, but a few cruises go to the island from some cities around the world like Talcahuano, Sydney, Tahiti, Auckland, Lima
  • Information about flights to Easter Island:
  • There is one airport on the island, called Mataveri International Airport (airport code is IPC). It's the most remote airport in the world, and it's quite small and with only a handful of flights to the island. All flights to and from the island are operated by LATAM, the biggest airline in Chile and south America that used to be called LAN
  • The vast majority of the direct flights to Easter Island are only available from Santiago's Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (SCL), with a small a handful from French Polynesia's capital city, Papeete (PPT). Both of these routes are operated by LATAM
  • Flight time from from Santiago to Easter Island is 5h30min. Return flight from Easter Island to Santiago is 4h30min. Round trip fare ranges from USD$350-$500
  • Flight time from Papeete is 5 hours. In the other direction from Easter Island to Papeete takes 6 hours. Round trip fare is USD$500-$600
  • Flight booking tip: to get the lowest fare on LATAM, make sure to use the Chilean version of the website, which is in Spanish. The reason is that LATAM shows significantly higher fares for its international website. We're talking about as high 2X or 3X on the international version of its website compared to Chilean version of its website
  • Almost all connecting flights to Easter Island will go through Santiago. You can search for the latest flight information through meta search sites like Skyscanner, or directly with LATAM since they're the only airline that serves Easter Island
  • The airport is located at the southern side of the town of Hanga Roa, which is the main town on the island. Almost all hotels on the island are in Hanga Roa. From the airport, most of the hotels are within walking distance of 1-2km. If you have a lot of luggage, you can also catch a taxi to your hotel for CLP$3000 (=USD$3.75) when I went. It may have risen a little bit since then but should still be in the same ballpark
  • Information about cruises to Easter Island:
  • Aside from flying, the only other way to visit Easter Island is to get on a cruise that stops at the island
  • The cruises vary significantly in price and length and are operated by a handful of companies:
  • The cheapest cruises are the ones that depart from Talcahuano, Chile. These cruises take about 7 nights to get to Easter Island and cost about USD$1500 per person for an outside cabin
  • Then you also have cruises leaving from Tahiti in French Polynesia or For Lauderdale in the US. These cruises take about 13-24 nights to get to Easter Island, but also makes other port stops at other ports along the way. Their cost is about USD$3000-$5000 per person for an outside cabin
  • Then finally you have those long term cruises and round the world cruises that depart from European ports like Barcelona, Dover, Rome, Genoa, or Syney, Auckland, and Brisbane. These cruises take 90-140 days, and can cost USD$12000-20000 per person
  • The cruise operators for these cruises include: Silversea, Princess, Costa, Regent Seven Seas. Silversea runs most of the cruises departing from South American ports; Princess runs the ones from Australia and New Zealand; Costa operate most of the cruises departing from European cities; Regent runs one from Tahiti