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Discover the dramatic beauty and rich history of Easter Island on a captivating full-day tour from Hanga Roa. Admire an intriguing tableau of iconic ‘moai’ sculptures with an experienced archeologist guide; explore the volcanic slopes and dramatic quarry of Rano Raraku; and marvel at the sacred ceremonial sites in Ahu Akahanga. Conclude your enriching exploration while reclining on the blissful beach of Anakena for a tranquil finish.

Highlights

  • Full-day tour of southeastern and northeastern Easter Island
  • Visit the ceremonial sites of Ahu Akahanga, Ahu Tongariki, Ahu Te Pito Kura and Ahu Nau Nau
  • Trek to a quarry near the Rano Raraku volcano, where moai were made
  • Relax and swim at Anakena Beach
  • Learn Rapa Nui history and walk among hundreds of moai
  • BBQ lunch and round-trip transport from Hanga Roa hotels included

What You Can Expect

Easter Island Full-Day Tour: Ahu Tongariki, Rano Raraku and Anakena Beach

Visit Rano Raraku and see moai heads and torsos!

Depart from your Hanga Roa hotel to begin your journey into the heart of Easter Island’s historical legacy. Venture to Ahu Akahanga in an air-conditioned minivan alongside your accomplished archeologist guide; explore the enthralling grounds, visiting the 59-foot (18-meter) platform to discover a dozen moai statues and the reputed burial ground of King Hoto Matu’a.

After thorough exploration of the curious scene, follow the curvaceous coastline to Ahu Tongariki, the island’s largest ceremonial site. Marvel at the prominent postures of the 15 maoi sculptures, learning about the violent tsunami that almost destroyed the site in 1960.

Next, venture inland to the visionary volcanic slopes of Rao Raraku to appreciate the rugged beauty and selection of sculptures. Enjoy an exhilarating hike into the stone pit of the quarry, observing the partially buried torsos and protruding heads of over 300 statues.

Pleasure your palate with a flavorsome and fulfilling barbeque lunch on inviting grassland, savoring the rich flavors of grilled chicken, fresh fish, crispy salad and fluffy rice. Revitalized, head to the renowned site of Ahu Te Pito Kura to see the largest moai statue ever erected; marvel at the 33-foot (9.8-meter) tall sculpture that weighs 82 tons (74 metric tons) and become intrigued as our guide firects your attention to a round magnetic stone, referred to as the ‘navel of the world.’

Arrive at your final stop of Anakena after a short and scenic drive; admire the series of vibrant statues before relaxing upon the silken sands of the beautiful beach. Swim in the crystal clear waters and appreciate the vibrant red of the volcanic rocks before returning to your hotel in the comfortable minivan.

Customer Reviews

Anthony C USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

The tour guide was excellent and spent time with details which were not in the standard tour book. He was actually from one of the original inhabitants and pointed out to us his clan's moai

CarrieJ United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Our guide Claudio was great and the places we went to were interesting - including the BBQ

Janet E.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Excellent overview of Easter Island history and geography. Guide was knowledgeable and amiable. Only negatives were delays due to presentation being given first in English and then in Spanish. Two guides could have easily done separate simultaneous talks. Lunch provided was very good.

alisonmm67

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

I have already written a comprehensive review and don't have the time or inclination to do so again!

yatemad

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

If you only have one day, this is the tour to go on! It gives a great perspective of the Island and its history. This tour and at least one of the half day tours is even better! This visit was everything I had hoped it would be!

Bugqueen

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Was great. We had 4 days on Easter Island I booked the tour for our first full day on the island. Then we could plan the rest of our days with our new found knowledge.This tour takes you to all the major sites that are out of Hanga Roa, we hiked to all the other sites. Excellent tour

William A S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was excellent due to a few things: our guide, Christina, was very informative without being too talkative the scenery was, of course, beautiful with cooperative weather and the group of travelers was nice and respectful of each other.

MURDOCH S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

If you only do one tour this is the one to do and gives you a couple of hours at the beach, which on a week end will have half of Hanga Roa there.

Laura C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our guide and driver were both very friendly and pleasant. We were picked up from our hotel at the time expected and the van we were transported in was clean and in good repair. We saw all of the major sites on Easter Island on this tour. The stops all had sufficient time for explanations and history from the guide and more than enough time to take a million pictures!

Kathleen N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great tour of Easter Island to be able to see and hear stories of some fascinating sites. Tour guide was excellent and offered the tour bilingually though less English as English-speakers were a small minority. The tour group size was a bit large, but for the price and the quality of the guides, I would definitely recommend this tour! The full-day tour was the highlight of my time in Easter Island!

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