10 Best Islands In Chile - Updated 2022

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Experience serenity in your next trip to Chile. Located in the southern part of South America, bordered along the South Pacific Ocean and a tiny portion of South Atlantic Ocean, Chile is among those places which offer natural beauty in the most diverse ways. The world’s third-longest country, Chile consists of some amazing landscapes that are bound to be a treat for a lifetime. From dusty deserts to the mighty mounts to the breezy beaches, journey through and absorb Chile’s magical landscapes. No matter who you are and what triggers your inner soul, be it the cultural fervor or the tranquil terrain, you get what your heart desires. Soothes the inner traveler in you with an unforgettable trip to the land of Chile. Check out the best islands in Chile you can visit for an unforgettable stay.

1. Robinson Crusoe Island, Valparaíso

Robinson Crusoe Island shipboard View of the town of San Juan Bautista
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Richard N Horne used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Robinson Crusoe Island gives a nostalgic overview of Daniel Defoe’s masterpiece Robin Crusoe and is a great place to visit. The multifaceted island has diverse flora and fauna that you can explore. You can also indulge in a variety of activities like trekking, horseback riding and diving. Also, covering Juan Fernández Archipelago National Park during your stay is a must. A flight from the Chilean capital Santiago takes about three hours to reach this beautiful island in Chile.

Robinson Crusoe Island, Valparaíso

Address: Juan Fernández Islands, Valparaíso, Chile

2. Easter Island, Valparaíso (from USD 80)

Easter Island 4
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user kallerna used under CC BY-SA 4.0

There’s simply no place for boredom when you are on Easter Island. The view of the rising sun at Ahu Tongariki, the cold crystal water of the Pacific Ocean, the enigmatic Anakena Beach, the starlit night, and more will keep you occupied during your stay. Adventure activities abound on this island. You can try a number of water activities like scuba diving and surfing. You can also go horseback riding on the island. The island has more than 1000 statues, called moai, which makes it world-renowned.

Domos isla de Pascua. 1 certificados por SERNATUR
Isla de Pascua, Región de Valparaíso, Chile
157 reviews
Entire cabin 4 Beds 5 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 5

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comfortable place with air conditioner and cooking facilities
it was great having a kitchen enjoying a drink under the stars and sleeping in such awesome quiet
air conditioning unit worked great especially with the warm temperatures during the day
a fan or two up there would go a long way
also they were super stingy on the toilet paper (less than one-quarter of a roll for 3
clean and comfortable bed
marlene even came to clean the dome everyday of our stay
clean towels everyday was an unexpected bonus
they do daily cleaning with new towels etc which is nice
the house is clean and there is daily cleaning service
the host is super friendly and helpful
marlene is a great host
cozy place and nice host
marlene and carmen were lovely hosts
remember to install (hidden by airbnb) translate to help communication with the host
great location (15 minutes to main street)
the location was just great with a very warm welcome
it's maybe about a 20 minute walk to town but very safe
it was a wonderful place to stay very centrally located and very well kept
it’s a good 20/25 minute walk to restaurants and the coast
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3. Chiloé Island, Los Lagos (from USD 15)

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Why settle for ordinary when you can get extraordinary? The little detailing and posh architecture of the local houses and churches make this island very alluring. Apart from relaxing at the wooden houses, you can also try traditional food at one of the local restaurants. If you like trying novel food, then don’t forget to sample curanto, a dish made of seafood cooked over hot stones. Chiloe Island also has a number of trekking routes that you can take and explore the island at your own pace.

Habitación en hermosa casa de Isla de Chiloé
Castro, X Región, Chile
50 reviews  Wifi Available
Private room in guest suite 2 Beds 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

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modern space with an amazing view great family that makes yummy breakfast with real coffee
fantastic view from bedroom and sitting room
the space was clean and modern and we had a fabulous stay
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4. Alejandro Selkirk Island, Valparaíso

Tres Torres - Isla Alejandro Selkirk por Pato Novoa
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If you are all set to visit Robinson Crusoe Island, mark Alejandro Selkirk Island on your list, too. Though not much explored, this island has to be on your must-go-to list to spend some time alone and enjoy peace. With a few families there, Alejandro Selkirk Island still warmly welcomes the visitors and provides great hospitality to all. Although this island has several trekking opportunities, you can also laze off on one of the quaint beaches and soak in the sun during your holidays.

Alejandro Selkirk Island, Valparaíso

Address: Juan Fernández Islands, Valparaíso, Chile

5. Riesco Island, Río Verde

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Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Pablo Vezzani used under CC BY 3.0

Alacalufes National Reserve and the landscape of this island makes it a hiker’s paradise. Mount Atalaya, the island’s highest peak, also attracts international hikers every year. Mining has been an important activity on Riesco Island, and several million tonnes of coal is deposited on the island.

Riesco Island, Río Verde

Address: Río Verde, Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica, Chile

6. Desolación Island, Punta Arenas

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If you are planning to have a good time by yourself, this place is what you should be looking for. Though not much commonly picked up by travelers, Desolación Island in Chile is something that you will cherish to the fullest. As the Islands of Chile are themselves self-captivating due to their natural fervor and scenic beauty, Desolación Island is no different. From trekking to sightseeing, you will enjoy every bit of your stay, without an ounce of monotony.

Desolación Island, Punta Arenas

Address: Punta Arenas, Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica, Chile

7. Mocha Island, Bio Bio

As per the mythical beliefs, this place is where the dead souls visit. With a small chain of rugged mountains, this island covers a small region and offers a pleasant stay for all types of travelers. Trekking, fishing, diving and even long walks are some of the outdoor activities that you can indulge in while visiting Mocha Island.

Mocha Island, Bio Bio

Address: Bio Bio, Chile

8. Santa Clara Island, Valparaíso

The summer can’t be spent more beautifully in Chile other than the island of Santa Clara. This picturesque island has the most dazzling atmosphere to ensure a relaxing stay. Beach, lighthouse, wildlife and a tint of history, this small island can be easily covered within a day or two. The unbeatable views at Santa Clara will trace you back to the place every time you will recall your best-spent summer.

Santa Clara Island, Valparaíso

Address: Juan Fernández Islands, Valparaíso, Chile

9. Navarino Island, Cabo de Hornos

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Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user W. Bulach used under CC BY-SA 4.0

To test your guts and come out of the shell, trek on the rugged mountains of Navarino Island at least once. With a mixture of mountains, lakes, lagoons and forests, Navarino will appeal to your soul. Trekking, fishing and sailing being common, what you can try different here is to take short flights in small planes and enjoy the view from the top, or the helicopter flight for the same.

Navarino Island, Cabo de Hornos

Address: Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica, Chile

10. Isla San Pedro, Los Lagos

Port Isla San Pedro
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Cplandco used under CC BY-SA 4.0

The last but not least on our list of best islands in Chile is San Pedro Island, which attracts most of the tourists’ attention with the Valley of Moon, Cejar Lagoon, Tatio Geysers, and Altiplanic Lagoons Miscanti and Miñiques. Apart from the main attractions, San Pedro Island has more to offer you that’s mostly untouched by regular tourists. You can also opt to check out Licancabur Volcano, the national historic monument Pukará de Quitor, Lagoons of Baltinache, Piedras Rojas, and more.

Isla San Pedro, Los Lagos

Address: Quellón, Los Lagos, Chile

Explore one of Chile's islands

Mainland Chile has a lot of places you can visit. However, a visit to Chile would be incomplete if you don’t explore one of the many islands here. Explore at least one of the many islands of the Chiloé archipelago and discover diverse species of animals and plants, many of which are native to South America.

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