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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 K...

  • Easter Island: Highlights Private Tour

    2. 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 tou...

    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!

  • Easter Island: Ahu Akivi Tour from Hanga Roa

    3. 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.

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

  • Easter Island: Poike Volcano Private Hiking Tour with Guide

    4. 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 t...

  • Orongo, Tangata Manu Ceremonial Tour

    5. 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.

  • Easter Island: Traditional Rapa Nui Cooking and Show

    6. 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.

  • Easter Island: The Moai Trail Private Archeological Tour

    7. 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 <...

  • Easter Island: Scuba Diving Experience

    8. 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...

  • Easter Island: Moai Sites and Anakena Beach Private Tour

    9. 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, b...

  • Easter Island: 2-Hour Glass Bottom Boat Trip

    10. 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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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 75 reviews

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.

Excellent service

Arrived at Airport and taxi waiting with our name just outside. We booked a shared taxi and there was only one other couple. They also drove past the banks/church/post office and main street to point them out.

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!

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.

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