Although the South Pacific is widely known for its unpredictable tropical weather patterns that hit areas farther east, Easter Island manages to escape the worst of this weather, meaning storms are few and far between, and are rarely severe. Rainfall is low and fairly constant throughout the year, peaking in April and May but rarely is either month a washout. When rains do hit, the worst storms typically occur in the winter months, between June and August.

Wind is the main weather problem on Easter Island, resulting in a climate that feels cooler than suggested by the searing sunshine in the summer, which rarely feels uncomfortable. Visitors to the island’s highest point, Terevaka volcano, should brace themselves for the strong winds that can get dangerous. In winter, the winds can make temperatures feel chilly, especially at night during August. Lows in winter seldom drop below 59°F in the daytime, however.

Best Time to Visit Easter Island

The most popular time for trips to Easter Island is in the summer between November and February, when hot weather that can reach as high as 95°F is kept comfortable by the persistent wind that blows across the island. It is at this time of year that the beaches come into their own, though rarely do they get busy. With the dramatic rise in visitor numbers and volatile price of flights to get here, it increasingly makes sense to book ahead during this busy period.