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 Easter Island - General Info

Time Zone

UTC -4 (as set by the Chillian government)

Money

Chilean peso, of 100 centesimos. US$ cash is widely accepted.

Foreigners are not allowed to change their Chilean pesos back into US$ but Chileans can. It is generally advantageous to use local currency.

Banks only open from 9 am till 1 pm Mon-Fri. It is now possible to use both Mastercard and Visa, plus local cards. There are several ATMs on the Island. Wiring money to the local banks can take weeks.

Cruisers have recommended trying the Kaimana Inn or Kaimana Restaurant and talking to the owner, Marcelo. He will charge you through his card system, and disburse the money in US dollars or any other currency you may wish, if he has it available.

Communications

International Dialing Code for Easter Island is +56 32.

Internet is available on the Island.

Diplomatic Missions

Found in Santiago de Chile on the mainland. Easter Island is a province of the State of Valparaiso on the Chilean mainland. The highest local authority on Rapa Nui is the Provincial Governor. He is followed by a democratically elected mayor and town council.

Events

Between February 9 and 22, the residents celebrate the TAPATI RAPA NUI (Rapa Nui Week). During this annual, week to 14-day long, festival, the Rapa Nui people will celebrate both ancient & modern traditions of the island.

During the winter, the young people organize The Tokerau song festival.

Emergencies

Police - 100-244
Fire - 100-264
Ambulance - 100-215

The Port Captain Office (Chilean Navy) monitors 24/24 hours the following frequencies for distress and emergencies:

HF CH 821 [ TX on 8255.0 and RX on 8779.0 ]

HF CH 421 [ TX on 4125.0 and RX on 4417.0 ]

VHF CH 16

They also monitor the EPIRB alarm frequencies. Contact the Easter Island Chilean Navy by phone (56-32) 100 567 / 100 469 or by email servicioscproa@directmar.cl

Publications

IMRAY AND ADLARD COLES PILOT BOOKS are available at a discounted price for Noonsite.com users via World Cruising Club

Charlie's Charts of Polynesia
By Charles Wood and Margo Wood
Publisher: Imray Laurie Norie & Wilson (September 2004)
ISBN-13: 978-0968637067

Landfalls of Paradise: Cruising Guide to the Pacific Islands
By Earl R. Hinz; Jim Howard
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press - 5th revised edition May2006
ISBN 13: 9780824830373
The fifth edition of this sailing standard includes updated charts and text reflecting changes in regulations and facilities for most countries and specific ports of entry. New appendices include procedures for entry to Australia, which are more exacting than most Pacific landfalls, and an extensive list of information sources: cruising guidebooks, important general tourist guides, chart suppliers, and key web sites for the countries covered by "Landfalls of Paradise".

South Pacific Anchorages
By Warwick Clay
Publisher: Imray Laurie Norie & Wilson Ltd; 2nd edition (January 1, 2001)
ISBN-13: 978-0852884829
This second edition contains numerous revisions to both text and plans. Warwick Clay's cruising guide covers the South Pacific from the Mariana Islands in the northwest across to the Galapagos in the east then down passed Easter Island to New Zealand in the Southwest. The guide covers this vast area in detail and virtually every anchorage is described with supporting plans produced from the author's own information.

The Pacific Crossing Guide
By Kitty Van Hagen
3rd Edition October 2016
See The Pacific Crossing Guide 3rd Edition

See the office of tourism "SERNATUR" for tourist brochures and local information. Francisco J.Edmunds Paoa, the very efficient manager, is very helpful and knowledgeable. Tel: (56-32) 100 255  Email: sernatur_rapanui@entelchile.net

Easter Island home page.

Rapa Nui (Easter Island) Anchoring Guide.

Online Easter Island Travel Guide
This guide has excellent street maps for all towns on the island with services etc. South Pacific Guides also cover Tonga, the Cook Islands, American Samoa, Niue, Pitcairn, Samoa, Tokelau, Tuvalu and Wallis and Futuna.

Update History

July 2016: Immigration checked.
March 2016: Clearance updates from Roberto Cavallo.
June 2015: Publications checked.

Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
Please E-mail noonsite with any new information, updates or corrections. Even just a short email confirming that the current data is accurate would be most helpful.

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JCRF
JCRF says:
Sep 08, 2014 03:07 AM

Visiting in August 2014.
Impossible to anchor in front of Hanga Roa, always during our stay -10 days- S to SW swell 3,5 m to 4 m !
Anchorages of Hotuiti and of Anakeda alternativ BUT very incomfortable because of the swell not the same direction than the wind.
Beautiful stop, winter, few people in sites.

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