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Easter Island, Chile-port

Easter Island was given its name by the Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen, who encountered the island on Easter Sunday, 1722. Although a Polynesian island in southeastern Pacific Ocean, it is an overseas territory of Chile. Easter Island is famous for its mysterious, monumental statues, called moai, created by the Rapanui people. A total of 887 monolithic stone statues have been inventoried. The native islanders who carved them used only stone hand chisels, mainly basalt toki, which still lay in place throughout the island.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • An Easter Island Cultural Journey
    Light Activity /WalkingRegent Choice
  • Ancient Cultures of Easter Island
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Easter Island Mystical Moai Statues & Highlights
    Light Activity /WalkingRegent Choice
  • Easter Island Panorama
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Trekking to Terevaka Mount
    Moderate Activity/WalkingRegent Choice

An Easter Island Cultural Journey

Light Activity /Walking Regent Choice

Duration: 3 hours

Tour Code: IPC-004

Learn the ways of Easter Island's first inhabitants, whose ancestors will demonstrate their ancient customs in the shadow of a mysterious moai statue site.

Depart from the pier and enjoy a short drive through Hanga Roa, the island's sole town. Before long, you'll arrive at Tahai, a ceremonial site with five moais that vary in scale and shape, unlike most of the moais on Easter Island. The two largest figures may represent a mother and father or symbolize different leaders of the indigenous people. Their exact meaning remains a mystery, despite the efforts of American archaeologist William Mulloy, who excavated the site and is now buried nearby.

Following your exploration of Tahai, you'll take a short walk to the coast where you'll meet your hosts, some may actually be descendants of the first settlers who arrived approximately 1,700 years ago from Polynesia. Today, the Rapa Nui people who live on Easter Island enjoy sharing with you their traditional culture and ancient ways. During the course of your visit, you'll discover all sorts of fascinating details about their history. Your hosts will also demonstrate typical dances and tell cultural stories using "kai kai," a form of string-figure artwork, to illustrate the essential points. If you're feeling adventurous, you can volunteer to have your body painted with "kie'a," a natural red pigment that was used in ancient ceremonies on Easter Island.

Following this rare and fascinating cultural experience, you'll walk to the close-by restored hanga kio'e, before re-boarding your bus and and traveling through the village to the church which has some interesting woodcarvings. Afterwards, you'll transfer directly back to the pier.

Please note: This tour approximately 2-hours of moderate walking/standing. At Tahai, there will be uneven ground and dirt paths to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Light-weight clothing with long sleeves; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; insect repellant; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Guests should bring plenty of water from the ship as none is available during the excursion. There is no restroom availability on this tour. Several vehicles of differing sizes are used as transportation on this tour and only one guide goes with the group so there is no commentary on board the vehicles. However, at each stop, the guide will provide commentary for the entire group. Littering or touching the statues is strictly prohibited on Easter Island. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.