From USD 90
Journey back in time to the world of the Polynesian voyagers with Easter Island’s only hands-on stargazing experience. Learn about the principles of basic astronomy, the history of Polynesian voyaging and settlement, navigational techniques and the archeo-astronomy of Rapa Nui. Head out to some of the island’s traditional observatory sites to gaze at the night sky on one of the most remote islands in the world, and view stars and constellations visible only in the Southern Hemisphere.
Your guide will point out stars and constellations of interest to the Polynesian navigators, relating some of the stories and legends that are tied to them, and explain techniques on how to find certain cardinal points of the traditional Polynesian compass by using the layout of the night sky. Look at the beauty of star clusters, nebulae, galaxies, stars and planets visible through our high-powered telescope before of heading to Anakena Beach and Huri a Urenga, with the option of taking spectacular shots of the star-filled sky moai in the foreground. Finish the night with a cup of hot chocolate and a slice of poʻe, a local spin on banana bread.
8:00pm – 8:30pm – Pick-up from accommodation
8:30pm – Presentation on Polynesian history, navigation, basic astronomy and archeo-astronomy at the Green Island Tours office
9:15pm – Drive to observation site
9:45pm – Observation site – Set up telescope, general overview of sky layout, stars and constellations of significance
10:00pm – Look at visible planets, nebulae, stars and clusters through telescope and binoculars
11:30pm – Head to Anakena
11:45pm – Anakena – Option of night photography by the moai
12:15pm – Head to Huri a Urenga
12:30pm – Photography at Huri a Urenga and explanation of the moai's alignment
12:45pm – Drop off at accommodation
(Possible optional photos for avid night photographers also available at Hanga Kioʻe upon special request)
PLEASE NOTE –
Because of light pollution’s effect on star visibility, the Rapa Nui Stargazing Experience is unable to take place four days before or two days after the full moon. If you are interested in taking part in this tour when visiting the island, try to book your trip when lunar light pollution won't be an issue.
Due to the nature of stargazing, there is always a possibility of cancellation due to cloud cover, rain or high winds. Green Island Tours reserves the right to postpone or cancel tours when atmospheric conditions are not conducive to stargazing. In such cases, a full refund will be offered. Customers have the right to cancellation up until an hour before the tour commences, after which the full payment will be required. Green Island Tours recommends that customers book the Rapa Nui Stargazing Experience on the first available night's stay on the island so that tours are able be postponed to a following night if weather conditions are not suitable for stargazing on the date of booking.
As sunset times change significantly throughout the year, pick-up times may change depending on the time of year you make your booking. Green Island Tours will contact you regarding the pick-up time on the lead up to your tour. (In mid-summer, tours generally run from 8:30PM-1:00AM, in mid-winter, from 7:30PM-12:00AM)
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