How to get to Easter Island and its beaches

EASTER ISLAND is one of the most iconic – and remote – places in the world with its Moai statues a sight to behold for all of its visitors.

The Chilean island is on the bucket list of many adventurers, looking to gaze upon the giant stone faces, but it is not the easiest place to get to.

How to get to Easter Island

Getting to Easter Island can be tricky with its location in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, with the nearest inhabited land over 1,200 miles away and mainland Chile just shy of 2,200 miles to the east.

With the territory being a bit smaller than Glasgow in Scotland or New York’s borough of Brooklyn and a population of under 8,000 people, Easter Island has just one airport, Aeropuerto Internacional Mataveri de Isla de Pascua or IPC.

And you can only fly in commercially from Santiago Airport, located in Chile’s capital, with the journey nearly six hours.

Flights to Easter Island are once a day, but they are booked up well in advance so make sure to get your seats early if you are considering a trip.

Easter Island is famous for its Moai statues that are located all over the Chilean islet
Easter Island is famous for its Moai statues that are located all over the Chilean islet

These tickets are not cheap either, with round trip prices setting people back almost £1,000 without even thinking about the initial flight to get to Santiago.

To get to Santiago itself, you should expect to get connecting flights somewhere in South America from the UK and even most parts of the US.

How to get to Easter Island’s beaches

Despite being an island, the Chilean territory only has two beaches, due to its volcanic nature.

Both of these beaches are situated in the north of Easter Island with Anakena the bigger and most popular compared to Ovahe.

Anakena stretches just over 200 metres across the coast, with the deep sandy beach sitting within a bay away from the open waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Most visitors will stay in Hanga Roa, the main town on Easter Island, 11 miles from the closest beach, Anakena, meaning only walking there is not an option.

Anakena Beach is just one of two seaside hotspots on Easter Island, both of which are situated in the north
Anakena Beach is just one of two seaside hotspots on Easter Island, both of which are situated in the north

Due to its small nature and population, there are no public buses or trains on the island.

There are taxis that will be able to take you on the 25-minute journey to Anakena, costing around £21 ($25).

However, Imagina Rapa Nui advise: “It is important to coordinate the collection time previously, since the coverage of mobile phones is almost non-existent in most areas of the island.”

If you want a bit more freedom, you can also make the journey by cycling or hire a vehicle out from dirt bikes and quad bikes to normal cars and vans all available from around £41 ($48) a day.

There are bus tours available to go on various trips around the island, while you can even spend up to two days on a horseback riding tour, with food and accommodation included.