In 1996 British traveler James Grant-Peterkin fulfilled a childhood dream when he first visited Easter Island as a student. That trip convinced him to make The Spanish of Easter Island his dissertation subject at Cambridge University, which called for a further 15 months on the island. In 2000 Grant-Peterkin began leading tours to Rapa Nui, which developed into his own island-based travel agency, Easter Island Spirit. The company’s four-night tours to Easter Island begin at US$730 per person, including accommodations, sightseeing, and entry fees (but not airfare). In 2009 James was appointed the British Honorary Consul on the island.
James Grant-Peterkin shares his local knowledge in A Companion To Easter Island, currently available through his personal website or Amazon.co.uk. This 168-page guidebook tries to bridge the gap between dry academic literature and often superficial tourist publications. It contains introductions to the island’s history and people, plus site descriptions, suggested itineraries, and restaurant and shopping listings. Over 100 color photos are provided, and there are maps of Hanga Roa and the island. These features make the book an excellent souvenir as well as a useful companion to bring along.