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Anakena Beach and the Lost Culture of Rapa Nui Tour

1. 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: Ahu Akivi Tour from Hanga Roa

2. Easter Island: Ahu Akivi Tour from Hanga Roa

Begin your three-hour tour with a drive from your hotel to Ahu Akivi, one of the few platforms on the island where the moai face the ocean. Legends say these structures represent the seven explorers sent by King Hotu Matu’a before his colonization voyage. Afterwards, continue to the site of Puna Pau, a small red scoria crater. It was here the pukao were made – the hats or topknots placed on some of the moais around the island. Finally, visit Ahu Huri a Urenga, home to a lone statue that appears to be orientated toward the winter solstice, marking the beginning of the season and regulating fishing activities on the island.

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Orongo, Tangata Manu Ceremonial Tour

3. Orongo, Tangata Manu Ceremonial Tour

Depart from your hotel towards the Cave Ana Kai Tangata, where in one of its walls, birds are drawn in a stylized painting, representing Manutara (sea swallows) and whose precious egg was the center of the annual Birdman competition. The Bird Man was appointed by the king and would be the spiritual and political leader during a period of one year. The sacred character is represented as a human shrunken body with a large beak and is sculpted in many engraved stones. Later, you visit the Vinapu sector, an archaeological site that is characterized by its large balsato tiles made to fit carefully in a similar way to Inca constructions of Cuzco. You continue to Rano Kau, a place where you will find a lake with small islands of reeds, lush vegetation and micro fauna. After the tour you will return to your hotel on Easter Island.

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Easter Island: Traditional Rapa Nui Cooking and Show

4. Easter Island: Traditional Rapa Nui Cooking and Show

Get picked up in your hotel on Easter Island and head to the Tera’ai Restaurant. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted with live music. Enjoy an appetizer and welcome drink as you are invited to participate in the “Takona” art, a local custom that entails painting part of the face in the old ways of the island. Learn about the tradition of the Umu Pae cooking culture with an introductory lecture and then watch a meal being cooked in the style. Settle in for an authentic Rapa Nui show, consisting of an exciting mix of ancient and traditional dance. Learn about the performers’ garb as well as the history of the island.  If you choose the option that includes dinner, you’ll be taken into the buffet room where food is cooked in the traditional Umu Pae way. Enjoy a delicious and expansive selection of food including sausages, vegetables, chicken, yuca, potatoes, and much more.

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Easter Island: The Moai Trail Private Archeological Tour

5. 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

6. 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: 2-Hour Glass Bottom Boat Trip

7. Easter Island: 2-Hour Glass Bottom Boat Trip

Start with pickup from your hotel and a transfer to Hanga Piko. Climb aboard a glass-bottom boat for a 2-hour tour along the coast, enjoying the incredible crystal clear waters of the Rapa Nui Sea and the rich marine life it contains. You'll explore the three motu (islets) located in front of the Rano Kau volcano. During the trip you will see the Ana Kai Tangata cave, coral reefs, seabirds and various varieties of fish. Finally, visit the submerged Moai, which is 22 meters deep and found in Pea Bay. As a final touch of the tour, you will have a few minutes to sunbathe and enjoy the sea before returning to the port. Then, return to the coast where you will be taken to your hotel.

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Easter Island: Moai Sites and Anakena Beach Private Tour

8. 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: Horseback Ride to Maunga Terevaka

9. Easter Island: Horseback Ride to Maunga Terevaka

Start your tour with a pickup from your accommodation in Hanga Roa and head to Maunga Terevaka, the highest peak on the island at 511 meters (1676 feet).  Climb up a nice little rise that offers 360-degree views of the entire Easter Island. After arriving, ascend on horseback to the highest point of the island. Pass by Rano Aroi, a small crater with an interior lagoon covered with reeds, which is a reserve of freshwater on the island. Continue the tour to the Rano Kau and Rano Raraku deposits, to be able to see them up close.  At the end head back to the base on the back of a horse.

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Easter Island: North Coast Snorkeling Trip

10. 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 Hanga Roa

Hotel pick-up / drop off by collective taxi and welcome drink. Cute Hawaiian face drawing (just rubbing powder falling off) and English / Spanish explanation of the Polynesian cooked underground food. Not much food but the show is done very well by a group of excellent dancers and players.

The voucher indicated that they would pick us up at the hotel between 6.30 p.m. and 7.00 p.m. We had to wait until 19.42 at the hotel reception until they arrived. In the reservation process it is indicated that the local operator would contact me to confirm.

A fair and accurate tour. When you go with children, it is difficult to take them on full-day tours. In this tour you see an important part of the Island, but in a very limited time.

Worth the tour!

We waited several minutes after our agreed pickup time. Also, I believe the tour lasted less than expected.

Very happy with tour. Would have been good to have local contact information included.