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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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Easter Island: The Moai Trail Private Archeological Tour

2. 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: 2-Hour Glass Bottom Boat Trip

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

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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Easter Island: Poike Volcano Private Hiking Tour with Guide

7. Easter Island: Poike Volcano Private Hiking Tour with Guide

Explore the wonders of Easter Island and its famous archaeological sites on this hiking tour. See monumental statues and delve deep into to history and culture of the island with your expert guide. Stop by Vai a Heva, Ana Okeke, Kava Kava Kio'e, and Motu Maratiri. Begin your day with a private pick-up service from your hotel on Easter Island. Explore several Rapa Nui archeological sites near the Poike Peninsula. Make your way to Vai a Heva, a huge carved head, which possibly served to collect rainwater and was used in rituals alluding to the vital resource. Next, see the renowned moai carved with trachyte stone brought from the Rano Raraku quarry. Continue trekking to Ana Okeke. This cavern on the Poike cliff is also known as "the cave of the virgins". See the Uka Neru petroglyphs referring to the ceremony of confinement of women. It is said that the natives gathered here to observe the stars. Continue your tour to Kava Kava Kio'e, the most eroded place on the island with an incredible desert landscape of red earth. Soak in panoramic views of the landscape from Motu Maratiri viewpoint with Ahu Tongariki in the background. After a full day of island explorations, return to the starting point and head back to your hotel in Hanga Roa.

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What people are saying about Hanga Roa

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 11 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!