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Delve into the mystifying mysteries of Easter Island on an intriguing half-day tour of the southwestern coast. Visit a series of iconic ‘moai’ sculptures at the Tahai ceremonial complex; admire advanced stone masonry in the traditional Orongo village; and venture into the depths of darkened caves to marvel at ancient murals. Watch waves crash against the dramatic cliffs of the coastline and absorb the natural splendor of a crater lake at the colossal Rang Kau volcano, while gaining fascinating insight into the Rapa Nui culture. Convenient round-trip transportation is included from your hotel in Hanga Roa.

Highlights

  • 3.5-hour tour of the southwestern coast of Easter Island
  • Visit three ahu (platforms) at the Tahai ceremonial complex
  • Enjoy amazing views of a crater lake near the extinct Rano Kau volcano
  • View pictures of birdmen inside the island’s only cave to contain petroglyphs
  • Learn about birdmen legends and Rapa Nui society at Orongo village
  • Round-trip transport from Hanga Roa hotels included

What You Can Expect

Tahai, Orongo and Rano Kau Half-Day Tour

Visit Ahu Tahai and see the moai standing upon Ahu Vai Uri

Depart from your hotel in Hanga Roa and relax on a scenic drive towards the Tahai ceremonial complex. Enjoy a short stroll to the entrance of the site then plunge into a comprehensive cultural tour of the enclave with your knowledgeable guide.

Gain insight into the origins of the magnificent moai statues as you admire the colossal sculptures carved from hardened volcanic ash; learn about indigenous Rapa Nui tribes and how the figures represent the spirits of ancestors.

Wander through the site independently during some relaxed free time, noting distinctive statues sporting prominent red ‘top knots’ and facial features decorated with glittering obsidian rock. Observe solitary moais and groups of sculptures varying in size and shape as you explore this area of great historical interest.

Return to the minivan to begin the journey to Ana Kai Tangata, home to a captivating coastal cave. Allow your guide to direct your attention to vibrant red and white drawings of birds in flight and note the petroglyphs of manutaras, or birdmen, around the cave. 



Enter the subterranean depths of the cave to discover more fascinating murals as you listen to the waves crash against the cliffs, and hear captivating legends of the tribesmen who used to fling themselves from cliff tops in search of the first egg laid by a native bird.

Leave the cave in favour of the colossal Rano Kau volcano and its glittering crater lake; capture this dramatic landscape from three different vantage points before venturing to the village of Orongo.

Admire each of the 54 characteristic oval houses made from natural materials and enjoy panoramic ocean vistas; wander this unique settlement independently until its time to return to your hotel in the comfortable minivan.

Customer Reviews

alisonmm67

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

The tour was well worthwhile - informative and interesting. The guide Christina was knowledgeable and helpful.

yatemad

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Loved this tour! Exactly as advertised. Learning more of the history was great. Cristine, the guide did a great job speaking to two different languages!

Jacqueline B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Fabulous half day in Easter island. This was one of the best excursions I have ever been on, loved it. Our guide was excellent and the scenery was stunning. Would highly recommend

Kamalesh K United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Beautiful Worth the time and money

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! I did the two half-day tours on different days, which was perfect.

kevin k

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

It was something I had wanted to do for a very long time. I really enjoyed my trip and would highly recommend it.

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Cindy J

4 star rating: Recommended March 2016

It was a great tour, well done, guide was knowledgeable. However, we booked this tour not knowing how easy it would be to get around the island on our own. We actually rented a car the day before and had already visited some of the sites we went to on the tour. But if you don't want to rent a car, this is a great tour.

MURDOCH S

4 star rating: Recommended November 2015

A great trip to the Bird Man cult centre which has been restored. Guide was first class and explained everything well

Chung Lin W

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better September 2015

Guide gave way more explanations in Spanish than English.

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