Easter Island’s Tapati Festival Is
Back for 2023
Rollicking festival celebrates Easter Island from February 3-11 with local artists and athletes embracing the island’s cultural and sporting traditions
After a two-year pause, the festival, a deep dive into all things Rapa Nui, is about to start on February 3, and will last nine days. The cultural and athletic festival regularly attracts thousands of travelers who arrive to appreciate the competitions as well as to take part in the living traditions of Easter Island. At Explora Rapa Nui, travelers enjoy well-designed accommodations and an excellent base from which to explore the beauty and mystery of the most remote destination on Earth.
Dancing is just the start. The Tapati also includes events such as Vaka Tuai, with teams crafting a reed canoe to be sailed by their candidate; Takona, with islanders painting their bodies with natural pigments; the Tau’a triathlon; Haka Pei, which sees participants sliding downhill on banana trunks at up to 50 mph; the swimming competition, A’ati Kau Pa ari; and Mata Oru, also known as “submarine hunting.”
The team that chalks up the highest overall score wins, and their candidate is named the queen of the Tapati.