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Easter Island Tour Ideas

Shore Excursion: Easter Island Full Day Tour to Anakena Beach

Shore Excursion: Easter Island Full Day Tour to Anakena Beach
Duration:
8 hours
From:
USD 165.00
See the famous Ahu stone sculpture temples of Easter Island with this full day Shared Shore Excursion.

Shore Excursion: Easter Island Half-Day Tour to Tahai Orongo and Rano Kau

Shore Excursion: Easter Island Half-Day Tour to Tahai Orongo and Rano Kau
Duration:
4 hours
From:
USD 98.00
Take this Shore Excursion to discover the ancient ruins of Easter Island´s Orongo Ceremonial City hold fascinating insights into this mysterious civilization.

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Things To Do in Easter Island & Easter Island Airport Layover Ideas


Easter Island things to do

Things to do in Easter Island if you have a Easter Island Airport Layover or Extended Easter Island Airport Stopover


If you have an extended layover at the Easter Island Airport or staying in town, why not consider getting out with some fun activities? We list a few here and there are many more on Easter-Island.LayoverIdeas.com.


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The Soren Larsen Tall Ship


Not a layover (!), but a great option for the intrepid traveller, if you have time. Once a year, the "tall ship" Soren Larsen sails to Easter Island from New Zealand. The voyage takes 35 days (it crosses the point on Earth furthest from land).

Take a Multi-Day Tour


An ideal way to see Easter Island and all it has to offer, is to take an organized tour. To make the most of your time, you probably don't want to just "see" the iconic moai statues (the "heads"), you want to understand them too. A tour will help you do that. As well, instead of using precious time arranging transport to the most famous archaeological sites, it's all done for you, probably with time to see some extras others miss, such as temple ruins and volcanoes.

 

IHateTaxis offers a 4-day Easter Island Tour that will let you arrive stress free on the island, knowing your sightseeing and accomodations are all arranged.


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The Magnificent Moai


The biggest Easter Island attractions, of course, are the Moai (the iconic "head" statues). The sites can be visited for free, and are mostly found along the coastline.

 

While you are out exploring, remember that  the Moai are archaeological artifacts: admire, but don't touch; The Moai are far more fragile than they seem. Never walk on the Abu, the ceremonial platforms the Moai are often placed upon Ahu - it is considered extremely disrespectful.

Rano Kau and Rano Rarak


Two exceptional sites are Rano Kau and Rano Raraku, the volcanic craters and quarries.

 

Not only a volcanic crater, the quarry at Rano Raraku is where the moai carvings were born, cut out of the hillside of the volcanic rock.  Hundreds of labourers must have carved full-time. Here you can see the various stages of the carving. You can also see some scattered, partially-finished figures (climb the left side of the crater, go over the top, and into the bowl, is well worth it). The hike to the opposite lip of the crater, where the most moai are situated, is one of the most dramatic sites on Easter Island.

 

The remains of a volcanic cinder cone, Rano Kau, is filled with fresh rainwater. Its mottled, unearthly appearance is breathtaking.

 

The entry fee is USD 60, total, for the two sites. Make sure you keep your ticket.

The Caves


Often overlooked, but fascinating, are the "other-wordly" Easter Island cave systems. There are a couple of "official" caves that are very interesting in their own right.

 

Some find great adventure in exploring the numerous unofficial caves, most of which are found near Ana Kakenga. While the openings to most of these caves are small (some barely big enough to crawl through) and hidden, many open up into large, deep and extensive cave systems. Be aware that these caves can be extremely dangerous (the caves are extremely damp and slippery; some also run extremely deep). A person left without a flashlight, or exploring alone with a torch that fails, will be immersed in such utter blackness that they will have little hope of finding their way out, ever.

 

IHT can't endorse visiting the unofficial caves, but as we know some will, we recommend you get local advice, and perhaps a local guide, if you go (and don't go alone!).

Hit the Beach


Easter Island features 2 lovely white sand beaches.

 

Anakena, can be found on the north side of the island. It is an excellent shorebreak bodysurfing location with a bit of north swell.

 

Ovahe, a hidden gem, can be found along the southern shore of the island near Ahu Vaihu. This desolate beach is much larger and is surrounded by breathtaking cliffs. Be careful: the path leading down to the beach is rather treacherous and unstable (it's best reached by foot - driving off-road is illegal anyway).

Go Snorkelling or Diving


You can go snorkelling and scuba diving near the islets Motu Nui and Motu Iti (well known for "The bird man culture"). The islets are located about 1 kilometre south of Easter Island. There are 3 dive shops where you can rent the equipment and arrange to get on a guided tour to the islets.

As always, make sure you leave plenty of time to get back to the Easter Island Airport in time for your connection and enjoy your layover city rather than whiling away the time leaning up against your luggage in the departures lounge.

Easter Island Attractions

Easter Island Moai Archaeology Tour: Ahu Akivi, Ahu Vinapu and Puna Pau

Easter Island Moai Archaeology Tour: Ahu Akivi, Ahu Vinapu and Puna PauDuration:
3 hours 30 minutes
From:
USD 58.00
Delve into the archaeological mysteries of Easter Island's Rapa Nui National Park on this half-day tour. Stand before ancient 'moai' stone sculptures carved by the indigenous Rapa Nui, learn why the moai at Ahu Akivi face the ocean, and dig deeper on the topic of why the masonry at Ahu Vinapu has perplexed experts. You'll also visit the harbor town of Hanga Piko to observe a restored ceremonial moai.

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Tahai, Orongo and Rano Kau Half-Day Tour

Tahai, Orongo and Rano Kau Half-Day TourDuration:
3 hours 30 minutes
From:
USD 58.00
Discover archaeological wonders on the southwestern coast of Easter Island on this half-day tour, including restored 'moai'<i> </i>statues at the Tahai ceremonial complex, the cave paintings of Ana Kai Tangata and the stone masonry homes of Orongo village. From inside the cave, watch waves crash against cliffs, and admire the crater lake near the inactive Rano Kau volcano. As you explore, learn about Rapa Nui culture and the legends surrounding the mysterious birdmen. Pickup and drop-off from Hanga Roa hotels are included.

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Hanga Roa City Tour

Hanga Roa City TourDuration:
3 hours
From:
USD 62.99
Explore Hanga Roa, the capital of Easter Island, on this 3-hour tour ideal for first-time visitors. Learn about the island's history and its indigenous Rapa Nui culture at the Father Sebastian Englert Anthropological Museum, and see a rare female <i>moai</i> stone statue on display. Observe the curious melding of European and Rapa Nui influences at the local Catholic church, and browse through unique stone and wood carvings at the artisan market. Hotel transport is included.

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Shore Excursion: Easter Island to Ahu Akivi, Ahu Vinapu and Puna Pau

Shore Excursion: Easter Island to Ahu Akivi, Ahu Vinapu and Puna PauDuration:
3 hours
From:
USD 98.00
Let us provide you with a brief introductory tour of Easter Island with this Shore Excursion in which you'll learn the stories of the island and discover famous sites including Ahu Akivi, Ahu Vinapu, Puna Pau Quarry, and Te Pahu Cavern.

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Shore Excursion: Easter Island Half-Day Tour to Tahai Orongo and Rano Kau

Shore Excursion: Easter Island Half-Day Tour to Tahai Orongo and Rano KauDuration:
4 hours
From:
USD 98.00
Take this Shore Excursion to discover the ancient ruins of Easter Island´s Orongo Ceremonial City hold fascinating insights into this mysterious civilization.

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Rapa Nui Traditional Dinner and Show

Rapa Nui Traditional Dinner and ShowDuration:
4 hours
From:
USD 114.00
Immerse yourself in Rapa Nui (Easter Island) culture through food, myth and dance with this popular traditional Polynesian dinner and show. Sip a welcome drink as you learn about 'umu pae,' the ancient practice of cooking underground with hot volcanic stones. Meet festively dressed Rapa Nui people, and learn a few dance steps before feasting on a delicious buffet dinner. After dinner, enjoy a fantastic performance illuminating Rapa Nui history, music and dance. Pickup and drop-off from Hanga Roa hotels are included.

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Small-Group Full-Day Easter Island Highlights North and West

Small-Group Full-Day Easter Island Highlights North and WestDuration:
6 hours 30 minutes
From:
USD 115.00
<p>Discover Easter Island's history, culture, and legends on this 6.5-hour tour. With a small group limited to 8 travelers, visit the important sites on the island, including Ahu Akivi, Rano Kau, Puna Pau, and more. This tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off and a local driver/guide.</p>

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Small-Group Full-Day Easter Island Highlights South and East

Small-Group Full-Day Easter Island Highlights South and EastDuration:
6 hours 30 minutes
From:
USD 115.00
<p>Be awed by seeing the biggest and most impressive moai statues ever built by the ancient Easter Island civilization. Visit fallen statues in the southwest, and see how they grow in size as we approach the eastern side of the island, where virtually all moai originated from. Complement this with a North and West tour to discover Easter Island in a complete, thorough manner, with all of its history, culture, legends and society. Tours are semi-private with a maximum of 8 people for a more personalized experience. The itinerary is highly optimized to visit the sites with best possible light conditions for photography, and with the least amount of crowds around.</p>

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Last Updated: 28 May 2017