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Rapa Nui Stargazing Experience

From USD 90

Journey back in time to the world of the Polynesian Voyagers with Rapa Nui’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.

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7:30pm – 8:00pm – Pickup from accomodation
8:00pm – Presentation on Polynesian history, navigation, basic astronomy and archeo-astronomy at the Green Island Tours office
8:30pm – Drive to Hanga Tuʻu Hata
9:00pm – Hanga Tuʻu Hata – Set up telescope, general overview of sky layout, stars and constellations of significance
9:30pm – Look at visible planets, nebulae, stars and clusters through telescope and binoculars
11:00pm – Head to Anakena
11:15pm – Anakena – Hot chocolate and poʻe with the option of night photography by the moai
11:45pm – Head to Huri a Urenga
12:00pm – Photography at Huri a Urenga and explanation of the moai's alignment
12:15pm – Drop off at accomodation
 
(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 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.

The Rapa Nui Stargazing Experience includes –

  • A short presentation on basic astronomy, Polynesian navigation and archeo-astronomy
  • General stargazing and explanation on navigational techniques at different sites
  • Telescope observation of various stars, planets, nebulae, star clusters and galaxies
  • Options for night photography at Anakena Beach and Huri a Urenga
  • Use of a red light night vision head lamp
  • Cup of hot chocolate and slice of poʻe
  • Maximum of eight people per tour

Things to bring –

  • Warm clothing
  • Adequate footwear
  • Bottle of water
  • Good digital camera for night photography (optional)

Route

  1. Green Island Tours
  2. Hanga Tu'u Hata
  3. Playa de Anakena
  4. Huri a Urenga