I wanted to share my trip report. I spent 6 days on Easter Island just a couple weeks ago. I had a great time and loved the island. Weather was crazy windy, but not cold. It did rain a bit off and on but didn't ruin the trip by any means.
I'm glad that I brought bottled water and peanut butter and Jelly and bread from Chile in my checked bag. That along with nuts and granola protein bars kept me energized and going. I highly recommend you do this to save money!
The island gladly accepts US dollars and on occasion will accept Visa and Mastercard. I had a Visa card and was able to use it at 2 restaurants and to pay for some tours I booked with Mahinatur. A word of caution if you plan on using the ATM, they are completely in spanish. So If you don't know spanish you might want to have a trusted person help you out a little there. Only one ATM I guess takes Visa. and most of the time they are not on and tend to have some issues. Try to go when bank is open.
Note: the post office will only take Chilean Pesos.
I booked a full day tour with James Grant Peterkin (easter island spirit tours) before I arrived. I am so glad I did. I am a photographer and I really appreciated James' approach and tour agenda. If you are a photographer and you hope to get great photos I highly recommend James. It costs a little more but it is worth it because 1. He goes the opposite way the other tours go, this means Ideal light conditions and practically no other people in your pictures! 2) small intimate tour size.
3) James is very laid back and easy going you can go at a nice calm pace whereas in the other tours it is hurry hurry quickly quickly.
James is very knowledgeable about the island and people so you will learn much as you explore.
I stayed at Tupa Hotel. I found it to be accommodating and fine. The breakfast was lame but it did fill me up sufficiently.
I took tours to see the rest of the island. It was too pricey for me to rent a car or take taxi around. the tours at Mahinatur were only $40 for half day and $80 for full day. (but like I said I'm glad I had one full day tour with James Grant Peterkin- I got my best pictures with his tour)
I did go see a dance/music show at Maori Tapuna (just north of fishing dock). It was only $20. I enjoyed it. The music and dancing were great. And who's going to complain about seeing beautiful buff dark Rapa Nui men dancing in front of you in loin cloths!? The women are beautiful too.
I recommend that you wear good walking hiking shoes perhaps with ankle support. There are random sized lava rocks freaking everywhere. I was constantly stubbing my toe and lightly tripping. It is a twisted ankle waiting to happen. So if you are uncoordinated and clumsy BE CAREFUL.
Make note of the restaurant reviews on Tripadvisor for your stay and go to them. All of the ones I noted to go to were fantastic. Eat the local fish (tuna steak and cara-cara- VERY good!) I really like La Kaleta at the end of the fishing dock area, and the Dominican Restaurant.
Enjoy your trip! Let me know if you have questions.