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Hidden Gems of Easter Island

Discover the secret spots that Rapa Nui has to offer on the Hidden Gems of Easter Island tour. This excursion looks to visit many of the hidden and often missed sites of interest on the island that are difficult to find without a guide, and is a fantastic complement to the Moai Monuments and Historic Pathways Tours. All of the sites on the tour are located a short walking distance from the vehicle, making it an ideal third day of exploration for those who are unable to manage a day hike.

Hanga Piko – The island’s main harbour and site of Ahu Riata, the last ahu to be restored back in 1999.

 

Huri a Urenga – Unique for being the only moai to have two pairs of hands, Huri a Urenga also had an astronomical function, facing both to the the rising point of the constellation “Matariki” (Pleiades and the rising of the sun on the winter solstice.

 

Fundo Vaitea – The site of the ruins of the Williamson Balfour Sheep Ranch that leased most of the island for over 60 years.

 

Ovahe Beach – A brilliant spot for morning photography, Ovahe beach is a postcard-sized white sand beach encompassed with a high wall of red scoria cliffs.

 

Papa Vaka – An outcrop of flat lava slabs covered in a variety of petroglyphs

 

Ahu Hekiʻi – One of the largest and most impressive ahu on the island, located close to the harbour settlement of Hanga Honu.

 

Pū o Hiro – A large boulder that can be blown as a trumpet, with a sound that is said to attract fish to the land.

 

Hanga Taharoa – Pleasant bay with stunning blue water

 

LUNCH at Rano Raraku or picnic spot on the coast

 

Ahu One Makihi – In situ moai site located near the entrance to Rano Raraku

 

Ahu Te Tenga – The site of the largest moai to reach its ahu, the moai at Hanga Te Tenga met its demise when falling headlong as it was being erected.

 

Hanga Teʻe – A small harbour and location of a re-construction of a traditional Rapanui settlement and home to a large ahu with eight collapsed moai, sitting as they have been since they were overturned hundreds of years ago.

 

Ahu Hanga Poukura – A lesser-known ahu with some impressive stonework

  • Ahu Riata/Hanga Piko
  • Huri a Urenga
  • Fundo Vaitea
  • Ovahe Beach
  • Papa Vaka
  • Ahu Heki'i
  • Pu o Hiro
  • Hanga Taharoa
  • Ahu One Makihi
  • Ahu Te Tenga
  • Hanga Te'e
  • Ahu Poukura

Duration - 7 hours

Route

  1. Hanga Roa
  2. Hanga Piko
  3. Huri a Urenga
  4. Fundo Vaitea
  5. Ovahe Beach
  6. Ahu Heki'i/La Perouse Bay
  7. Papa Vaka
  8. Pu o Hiro
  9. Hanga Taharoa
  10. Rano Raraku (LUNCH)
  11. Ahu One Makihi
  12. Ahu Te Tenga
  13. Hanga Te'e
  14. Ahu Poukura