The climate of Easter Island (Rapa Nui) is subtropical, warm and humid in summer and mild in winter, in fact, the average daily temperature ranges from 23/24 °C (74/75 °F) in the period from January to March to 18.5 °C (65 °F) in the period from July to September. The island is situated in the Southern Hemisphere, where the seasons are reversed in comparison with those in Europe or North America.
Easter Island is located 3,600 kilometers (2,200 miles) west of Chile, lost in the Pacific Ocean, a little to the south of the Tropic of Capricorn, and it's famous for the large stone statues called moai, which are a sort of watchmen of the island. In the interior of the island, we find three extinct volcanoes, not very high, the highest of which is Ma'unga Terevaka, 507 meters (1,664 feet) high.
The wind blows frequently throughout the year.
The daily temperature range is small because of the influence of the ocean. Although the maximum temperatures are usually not too high, and are around 27 °C (81 °F) in the warmest period that goes from January to March, they can sometimes exceed 30 °C (86 °F) all year round, while at times, they can reach 35 °C (95 °F) from January to April. On the contrary, during winter, the night temperature may sometimes drop slightly below 10 °C (50 °F) from June to August. Here are the average temperatures.
Easter Island - Average temperatures
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Min (°C)202020191816161516161718
Max (°C)272727252322212122222425
Min (°F)686868666461615961616364
Max (°F)818181777372707072727577

The rainfall on Easter Island is quite abundant, around 1,050 millimeters (42 inches) per year, and it's evenly spread over the seasons, though it's more abundant in April and May. Sometimes, periods of bad weather with heavy rains may occur during the winter, from June to August. Here is the average precipitation.
Easter Island - Average precipitation
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Prec.(mm)9080801101201009080807080901070
Prec.(in)3.53.13.14.34.73.93.53.13.12.83.13.542.1
Days10910131413151312101010139

The amount of sunshine is not so good from April to September, while it is good in summer, from December to March. Here are the average sunshine hours per day.
Easter Island - Sunshine
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Hours998665566778

The island is located outside the area in which tropical cyclones form.

Easter Island

The sea is warm enough for swimming from December to April, while it becomes quite cool, around 20 °C (68 °F), in the Southern Hemisphere winter.
Easter Island - Sea temperature
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Temp (°C)242525242221202020202223
Temp (°F)757777757270686868687273

Best Time



Notwithstanding the fact that you can go to Easter Island all year round because it has a good climate, the best time is the austral summer, from December to March, since it is the warmest and sunniest period of the year. The heat is usually bearable, also because it's tempered by sea breezes. There is a moderate amount of showers in the afternoon or evening, which are usually short-lived, but sometimes can be violent.

What to pack



In winter (June to August): bring clothes for spring and autumn, a sweatshirt or sweater and a jacket for the evening, and a raincoat or umbrella.
In summer (December to February): bring light clothing, a sweatshirt for the evening, and an umbrella or a light raincoat.