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OUR TOURS

Green Island Tours recommends that all customers take at least the first two tours listed below. These two days of tour will include all the major sites of Easter Island that can be reached by vehicle. Having done these tours, you may then like to do any one of the additional tours that we offer.

Please note that your National Park ticket (US$80 per person) and food are not included in the price unless specified.

If you are on the island for a short time and want to get the absolute most out of your time, please take a look at our Combination Tour Ideas at the bottom of the page.

Remember that all tours can be changed to suit your specific preferences and we are available 24 hours a day by email. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries and you will be sure to receive a prompt reply. Just click on any of the following tours for more details. The following is a basic overview on the tours.

 

For more in depth information, click on the links at the bottom of the page for a detailed overview.


 

Full-day Tours

Moai Monuments Tour - This is the best introductory tour available where you will visit the bulk of the main archaeological sites on the island pertaining to the famous moai statues.

Duration -  6.5 - 7 hrs. A total of about one hour throughout the day is spent in the vehicle getting from place to place, with no more the 25 minutes travel at one time.


Historic Pathways Tour - This tour compliments the Moai Monuments Tour. After doing these two tours, you will have seen most of the main archaeological sites accessible by vehicle and will have a good grasp of the overall history of Easter Island.

Duration -  6.5 - 7 hrs. A total of about one hour throughout the day is spent in the vehicle getting from place to place, with no more the 25 minutes travel at one time. 

 

Highlights of Rapa Nui - This is a combination of the most relevant places visited during Moai Monuments and Historic Pathways Tours. If you are only able to do one tour on the island, this is the one we would recommend.

Duration -  7.5 hrs. A total of about one hour throughout the day is spent in the vehicle getting from place to place, with no more the 25 minutes travel at one time. 

 


 

Full-Day Trekking Options

North Coast Adventurer - Walk along the northwestern part of the island, visiting several ancient villages, moai and caves. This a great option for those wanting to visit places off the beaten track.

Duration - Approximately 6 hours, with drop off and pick up in different places.

 

Poike Explorer - This tour involves hiking the oldest area of the island and the second highest point. With 200 meter cliffs, various caves, carvings and moais, the Poike Explorer is another great opportunity to experience an isolated area of Easter Island.
Duration - approximately 6 hours, starting and finishing at the same place.

 

Summit to Subterranean - Feel like you have conquered the island as follow the Easter Island's only stream to the highest point on the island, before descending towards Hanga Roa, stopping at a few cave systems on the way.
Duration - Approximately 6 hours, with drop off and pick up in different places.

 


 

Night Tours

The Rapa Nui Stargazing Experience - Learn about the principles of basic astronomy, Polynesian voyaging and navigational techniques and the archeo-astronomy of Rapa Nui on Easter Island’s only hands-on stargazing and astronomy experience. Gaze at the night sky on one of the most remote islands in the world, looking at the beauty of the stars, planets, clusters, nebulae and galaxies visible through our high-powered telescope, viewing stars and constellations visible only in the Southern Hemisphere. Finish the night with a cup of hot chocolate and a slice of poʻe (banana bread) and a visit to Anakena Beach and Huri a Urenga with the option of taking spectacular shots of the star-filled sky with moai in the foreground.

The Rapa Nui Stargazing Experience operates from Sunday to Thursday, except for four days before and two days after the full moon.

 

Stars to Sunrise - Enjoy the magic of the early morning sky as the starlight fades and the sun rises at the fifteen moai of Ahu Tongariki. View stars and constellations visible only in the Southern Hemisphere from one of the island's traditional observatory sites, and take in the beauty of the star clusters, planets, nebulae and galaxies visible through our high-powered telescope. As this tour takes place about 7-8 hours later than our regular stargazing tour, the "Rapa Nui Stargazing Experience", the sky that is visible in the early morning is totally different to what can be seen just after sunset, offering unique opportunities for stellar observation and astro-photography of Ahu Tongariki beneath a star-blanketed sky before its backdrop changes with the spectacular light of the dawn.

Stars to Sunrise operates from Monday to Friday, except for two days before and two days after the full moon.

 

Terevaka Night Hike - Experience the outdoors at night, walking under the light of the moon to Easter Island's highest point of Mt Terevaka. Your guide will point out some of the most visible stars in the sky and explain some of the ways Polynesians used the night skies for navigation and marking seasons in ancient times, as well as some of the stories and legends attached to different stars and asterisms. 

The Terevaka Night Hike operates from Sunday to Thursday, four days before and two days after the full moon.

 


 

Additional Tour Options

Tongariki Sunrise - Witness Easter Island's most amazing sunrisei as the sun silhouettes the gigantic 15 moai of Ahu Tongariki. (The tour starts an hour before sunrise and ends early enough to have you back in time for breakfast at your hotel).

 

Vai a Tare Crater Walk - Walk the outer rim of the crater of Rano Kau with beautiful views into the crater and towards the small islets off the coast (3 hours total).

 

Hidden Treasures of Easter Island - 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 reasonably short walking distance from the vehicle, making it an ideal third day of exploration for those who are unable to manage a day hike.

Duration - 6.5-7 hrs. A total of about one hour throughout the day is spent in the vehicle getting from place to place, with no more the 25 minutes travel at one time. 

 

Horse Riding Excursion - Enjoy the beauty of Rapa Nui, traversing the island on horseback.Visit a range of different archeological sites with an informed guide that will help bring the island's history to life. Choose one of four routes to ride - North Coast, Poike Peninsula, Mt Terevaka or Roiho Caves.

 

Extreme Adventure Three-day Horse Trekking Adventure - Pack your sense of adventure, traversing the island on horseback, camping out under the stars and fishing the waters of the ocean, all with your own private guide. Visit the three locations that are usually done on our day hikes - the North Coast, Poike Peninsula and Mt Terevaka. Tour includes use of all camping and fishing equipment, food and transport. 

 


 

Custom Extreme Adventure Tour

Explore differently! Traverse the island on mountain bikes or quad bikes, camping out under the stars and fishing the waters of the ocean, all with your own private guide. This includes all camping equipment, food and transport. Contact us if you would like to know more to see if we can put together your own personalized adventure tour!

 


 

Combination Tour Ideas and Deals (pricing is for private tours)

Two Half Days and one Full Day - This is a great idea if you arrive on a midday flight and are here just for one full day on the island.

Day 1 (arrival day) - Half-day Historic Pathways Tour

Day 2 - Moai Monuments Tour (picnic lunch included)

Day 3 -  Sunrise Tour - back to breakfast - Half-day Historic Pathways Tour and transfer to airport.

Cost for 2 people USD$740 (usually USD$800 - save USD$60)

Optional - Add the Rapa Nui Stargazing Experience for an extra US$80 per person (to pay upon night of tour)

 

Two Half Days and two Full Days - Option A

Day 1 (arrival day) - Full-day Historic Pathways Tour with late start (usually about 2pm) and late finish (about 7pm)

Day 2 - Moai Monuments Tour (picnic lunch included) 

Day 3 - Trekking - Either the North Coast Adventurer, Poike Explorer or Summit to Subterranean

Day 4 - Tongariki Sunrise 

Cost for 2 people - USD$970 (usually USD$1040 - save USD$70)

Optional - Add the Rapa Nui Stargazing Experience for an extra US$80 per person (to pay upon night of tour)

 

Two Half Days and two Full Days - Option B

Day 1 (arrival day) - Full-day Historic Pathways Tour with late start (usually about 2pm) and late finish (about 7pm)

Day 2 - Moai Monuments Tour (picnic lunch included) 

Day 3 - Hidden Treasures of Easter Island*

Day 4 - Tongariki Sunrise 

Cost for 2 people - USD$970 (usually USD$1040 - save USD$70)

Optional - Add the Rapa Nui Stargazing Experience for an extra US$80 per person (to pay upon night of tour)

 

*The Hidden Treasures of Easter Island tour visits many of the hidden and often missed sites of interest on the island that are difficult to find without a guide. All of the sites on the tour are located a reasonably short walking distance from the vehicle, making it an ideal third day of exploration for those who are unable to manage a day hike.


FULL-DAY TOURS

Moai Monuments Tour

Uncover the secrets of Easter Island by piecing together the many clues given to us by the gigantic sculpted megaliths that cover this mysterious land. Start the journey by visiting the ahu platforms at Tahai, where the clear morning light brings alive the moai that look over this restored ancestral village of the Rapanui people. Visit the ruins of the fallen moai at Ahu Akahanga, where three platforms sit untouched since the Rapanui turned on the traditions of their ancestors and began toppling the moai. Stand in awe at the restored site of Ahu Tongariki, where fifteen stone giants stand watch over the land as silent sentinels, dwarfing all who come into their presence.   Spend a bulk of the afternoon absorbing the grandeur of the moai that sit half emerged from the soil Rano Raraku, the volcano crater that acted as a stone quarry and birthplace for these immense figures. Visit Ahu Te Pito Kura, the site of the largest moai to ever stand on an ahu, and see the legendary magnetic stone that according to island history, was brought to Easter Island from the original Polynesian homeland of Hiva by the first king, Hotu Matuʻa. Finish the day taking in the coconut palms, turquoise water and white sand at Anakena Beach, and gazing upon the post-modernist style moai of Ahu Nau Nau.   This excursion can be done as a private tour or as a small group tour. The Moai Monuments small group tour runs on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays for between one and eight people. The maximum number of languages spoken on the tour will be two (usually English or Spanish). Pick up from your lodgings is between 9:30AM-10:00AM. Lunch is not included in the tour, but there is an opportunity to buy refreshments from the café at Rano Raraku.  

Historic Pathways Tour

Unearth some of the gems of Easter Island´s fascinating past with stops at several significant sites of interest. Head to Puna Pau, the small crater that acted as the scoria quarry for the moai's famous topknots, before continuing to the site of the island´s most intricate stone work at Ahu Tahira in Vinapu, where the moai platform is reminiscient of the legendary masonry of the Incas of South America. Take in the breathtaking views at the giant cauldron of Rano Kau, a miniature eco-system and the largest volcano crater on the island.   Experience the wind on your face at the clifftop ceremonial village of Orongo, and discover the significance of the Birdman Cult that emerged out of the ruins of the Moai building era. Peer off the precipice at the ocean below where once a year during the Birdman competition, brave warriors from the island's various clans would climb down the steep rocky cliffs to the swirling ocean below and swim out to the small islets off the coast in an attempt to bring back the first egg of the manutara bird, therefore winning the right for their clan to rule the island for the following year. Finish the day with a visit to Ahu Akivi, the renowned seven inland moai that stand gazing oceanwards, and explore the large and unique cave system of Ana Te Pahu, known affectionately as "The Banana Cave".   This excursion can be done as a private tour or as a small group tour. The Historic Pathways small group tour runs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for between one and eight people. The maximum amount of languages spoken on the tour will be two (usually English or Spanish). Pick up from your lodgings is between 9:30AM-10:00AM. Lunch is not included in the tour, but there is an opportunity to have lunch at a small restaurant in Hanga Roa halfway through the day.  

Highlights of Rapa Nui

This tour looks to fit in the must see highlights of the island in one day, mixing the best from the Moai Monuments Tour and the Historic Pathways Tour. Beginning at the seven statues of Ahu Akivi, the only restored inland group of moai, survey the history of the Rapanui people and the various theories on why they constructed the moai and how they transported them. From there, head to Anakena Beach and Ahu Nau Nau, the cradle of Rapanui civilization, where the royal family lived and the first Polynesian voyagers arrived. Soak up the sights at this palm-fringed golden sand beach and jewel amidst a coastline of jagged rocks before continuing to Ahu Tongariki, the largest line up of moai on the island. Fifteen colossal megaliths stare down from an incredible height, now restored to their former glory after having been overthrown by the islanders during the 18th century.   Explore the volcano crater and stone quarry of Rano Raraku, the birth place of the statues, where about a thousand moai were fashioned and over three hundred still lay in various stages of carving. Towards the end of the day, drive the road along the rugged south coast before ascending up to the mile-wide volcano crater of Rano Kau - the most stunning natural wonder of the island. Enjoy the late afternoon light visiting the ceremonial village of Orongo, where once a year, certain warriors and chiefs from each of the island's clans would dwell for a month before a competion of epic proportions would take place, determining the island's next Birdman and ruler for the following year.

FULL-DAY TREKKING OPTIONS


NIGHT TOURS


ADDITIONAL TOURS

 


Combination Tour Ideas and Deals