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Easter Island: Highlights Private Tour

1. Easter Island: Highlights Private Tour

Begin your day with a private pick-up service from your hotel on Easter Island.  Explore the major Rapa Nui archaeological sites near the Rano Kau volcano crater and learn about the famous Birdman legend at the O'rongo ceremonial village. Continue your tour to Ahu Akivi, a site that was first scientifically restored in 1960 with a platform of 7 standing Moai. This platform is characterized as being one of the few located in the center of the island. These statues face the setting sun. Next, feast your eyes on the Ahu Tongariki, featuring 15 standing Moai. Later, learn about how the Moai were built at Rano Raraku site. To end the tour, visit the inspiring turquoise water of Anakena Beach. Timing is flexible and can be spent in any given location as long as you wish. Lunch is not included on this tour but there are places where you can buy a snack and bring it on the tour. When your tour is complete you will be transported back to your hotel.

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Anakena Beach and the Lost Culture of Rapa Nui Tour

2. Anakena Beach and the Lost Culture of Rapa Nui Tour

From your hotel in Hanga Roa, your tour group heads toward the south-east and north-east of the island to visit the Ahu Vaihu, a temple composed of a well-worked stone platform where 8 moais with pukaos are scattered nearby - these are the giant stone statues of heads with hats that are part of what make this island world-famous. Here you can also find the Ahu Akahanga, formed by 4 platforms, 12 moais (head statues) and 8 pukaos (hat statues). From here you can see one of the best preserved villages of the island. The trip continues towards the Rano Raraku volcanic crater, formed of consolidated volcanic ash. Rano Raraku is a visual record of moai design vocabulary and technological innovation, where 397 moai remain. Ahu Tongariki is the most surprising ahu (shrine) on the island, with 15 giant moais. Ahu Te Pito Kura has the largest statue erected on an ahu, the Paro Moai (10 meters, weighing 85 tons) and a pukao with a weight of 11.5 tons. It is believed that the last statue was demolished by 1840. The ahu is located next to a large stone ball that is identified as the center of the world (Te Pito o Te Henua), which according to legend was brought by King Hotu Matua by boat. During excavations, an extraordinary eye pupil of white coral red slag was found, and nowadays it is exhibited at the Museum of the Island. Finish your tour at Anakena beach, known for its white sand beach, warm waters, and its own moais, before returning to your hotel.

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Easter Island: The Moai Trail Private Archeological Tour

3. Easter Island: The Moai Trail Private Archeological Tour

Enjoy the convenience of being picked up at your hotel in Hanga Roa. Begin your journey near the village of Akahanga, which was a significant ceremonial center or ahu. See the stone heads of Easter Islands, which are known as moai. Learn about the tribal wars which took place on the island and the moai which were knocked down during the fighting. Visit the remains of hare paenga, the boat-shaped stone houses which were built by the island’s ancient inhabitants. Continue to the Ahu Tongariki, which is the largest ahu on the island and contains 15 moai. See the Rano Raraku and quarry which is the source of the volcanic rock used to carve the moai. Admire the 400 moai in various stages of carving. Follow the route to Ahu Te Pito Kura, where the highest statue on the island is located, as well as the Paro moai. Marvel at the spherical stone next to the ahu. This massive stone was said to be the navel of the world (Te Pito or Te Henua), which according to legend, was brought to the island on Hotu Matua’s boat. Head to the white sand beach of Anakena where Ariki Hotu Motua and his sister Avareipua arrived at the island. Visit the Ahu Nau Nau, an the archeological site of an ancient complex construction. At this site are 5 Moai with pukao which have Petroglyphs on the back of the statues. At the end of your tour, you’ll be dropped off back at your hotel in Hanga Roa.

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Easter Island: Scuba Diving Experience

4. Easter Island: Scuba Diving Experience

After pickup from your hotel in Hanga Roa head to the dive center, where you will listen to a safety briefing. Put on your suit and board a boat to your first dive. Then, descend into the impressive waters surrounding Rapa Nui. The North Coast has numerous coral formations on a sandy sea bed and the beaches of Anakena and Ovahe are suitable for snorkeling. The East Coast, more exposed to winds and storm surges, offers an alternative area for diving when the north wind blows, and is where you will find lava fields and corals.  The West Coast is where the village of Hanga Roa is located. It is very popular for autonomous diving because it has a colossal underwater reef covered by numerous coral formations. You will be able to make as many dives as you want, in different places along the coast. As you explore the coastline of the island, you will see many caverns, arches, cliffs and lava platforms. At the end of the activity, you will receive a CD with a recorded a video, before being dropped back to your hotel.

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Easter Island: Moai Sites and Anakena Beach Private Tour

5. Easter Island: Moai Sites and Anakena Beach Private Tour

After pickup from your hotel in Hanga Roa, start the tour with a visit to Ahu Vaihu and Akahanga. These temples are where Pukaos hats have been placed on top of some Moai statues. Akahanga originally contained about a dozen Moai and is believed to be the burial site of the Polynesian king Hoto Matu’a. Continue the journey and head to Rano Raraku, a volcanic crater that also contains a lagoon. The volcano has historical significance for the island, because the Moai were carved on its slopes. Currently, 397 of these impressive sculptures remain there. Then visit the most amazing Ahu, a ceremonial platform, on the island. Ahu Tongariki is the largest ceremonial site with an impressive row of 15 upright Moai. It is one of the most visited tourist spots in Easter Island. The Tongariki Moai underwent a restoration process, not only due to the collapse caused by the tribes that lived there, but also due to a large tsunami that damaged and moved some statues. Finally, finish the day resting in Anakena, the most popular beach on the island. In addition to its natural beauty, what makes it a unique beach is a row of Moai that face away from the sea. Admire this unique landscape before returning to your hotel.

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Easter Island: North Coast Snorkeling Trip

6. Easter Island: North Coast Snorkeling Trip

After pickup in Hanga Roa, pass through the Mataveri sector and learn from your guide about the Ana Kai Tangata cave and its use. Continue to the beaches of the northern coast where the snorkeling takes place. Enjoy the best snorkeling on the island at Anakena Beach. The water is well protected from currents and offers good visibility, whilst on land the area boasts palm trees, white sand and moai - the famous monumental statues of Rapa Nui. Ovahe Beach is located on the other side of the ridge from Anakena, and also offers great snorkeling conditions. Look down at the coral reefs and colorful fish of the area. Benefit from the great visibility of the clear water of Easter Island.

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What people are saying about Anakena

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 31 reviews

Excellent tour and excellent guide (Sebastian). We loved every minute of our 7 hour tour. So much valuable information was shared during the tour and what better way than a Rapa Nui guide!