Easter Island (Rapa Nui) in the Pacific Ocean is not always included in definitions of Oceania. I wanted to include it here however, as it is so unique and different from Chile, its (politically) recognised parent country. There is in fact a declaration of independence on the island, which can be seen in the main town.
Easter Island is of course famous for the Moai, the iconic statues built by the Polynesian inhabitants over a period of several hundred years. These stone statues are dotted all over the island, and you’ll need a car or other wheels to see them all. Plan on spending at least 2 days exploring the island and visiting the various moai sites. Three or 4 days would be ideal to get the full experience of a fascinating island. I don’t normally go in for guided tours, but the one I went on was very good. The guide really knew her stuff.
Food and drink in Hanga Roa is good, and not too expensive. We camped there, which made accommodation quite cheap – but we were there for the total solar eclipse – so we had no choice! The eclipse itself was utterly phenomenal! Well worth the high price of the flight to get there for a once in a lifetime spectacle. To see such a long eclipse on such a weird and wonderful island was an amazing experience. It was cloudy in the morning so we were not hopeful for visibility – but luckily the clouds cleared and we were treated to the full on solar eclipse. I was on a mountain for the event, just overlooking Hanga Roa.