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- I travelled in late May 2023. At that time there was only 2 flts per week, Monday and Friday. I don't think you need more than 4 days on the island, unless you are staying at a resort. Everything is closed on Sunday including many restaurants. However I might add that it was winter, so this may be normal for the "off" season. There may be more flights in summer and perhaps a higher demand after the Covid19 slow down. If you want to go to the Moai (large statues) sites you will need a National Parks Pass. This costs US$80.00. You can (I'm told) buy this online. Some of the more expensive tours may include this charge in their tariff. CHECK!! We got ripped off by the day tour company, Rapa Nui Travel, who charged us 73000 CP$ which converted to US$90.00. It's not much, but we were paying over the odds for the three tours. NOT HAPPY!! We booked our 2 half-day tours and a full day tour with Rapa Nui Travel, who are based on the island. The first half-day tour started on the afternoon we arrived, but by the time we went to the office to buy the National Parks Pass and pick-up all the other people around the island, in the mini-bus, the "half-day tour" lasted only 2 hours. Same as the second "half-day tour". Two hours is NOT a half-day tour. NOT HAPPY! The full day tour was worth the money and covered the centre and eastern end of the island. I hope this is helpful. The tour guide did and excellent job and was very knowledgeable about sites around the island.Written 16 July 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- This quarry gives you an exceptional view of the process for carving the Moai from the rock. There are many Moai to view including some that are still in the quarry and haven’t been released, some that were released from the quarry rock and may have been placed in an upright position to finish, and some that were finished but appeared to have broken as they were being moved to their destination on the island.Written 24 October 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- A wonderful spot to visit with beautiful turquoise waters and coral sand. It is the main beach of the island and was the ancestral residence of the miru Araki royal family. There are restaurants to enjoy and a small market.Written 5 April 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- We did one full day tour and two half-day tours. You have to pay USD80 for a National Park pass (something we were not told before we booked the tours). It's better to get the pass "on-line" than to buy it with the tour company; you might pay a lot more. Walking among the many "Moai" was very special and one of my long time bucket lists. There are a couple of sites you can go to WITH OUT a National Parks pass but you will need a car or car and driver to get around. There is no apparent public transport on the island.Written 10 July 2023
- This is the place to learn about the Birdmen, who came after the culture that built the Moai. See a different aspect of Rapa Nui culture, including a reconstructed village. It is a lovely place for a walk.Written 17 May 2023
- we did the front row of the performance and the dinner prior to the show. had to admit that our dinners were quite delicious and worth the time and money. the show itself was quite well done, and very interesting. the live music and the dancing were very good and overall it was a great evening out.Written 29 November 2023
- Lovely sunset area - the sun sets behind the moai and sends shadows across the ground. Striking against a colorful sunset sky. Easy to get to and easy to find a place to sit and watch the show!Written 30 October 2022
- I had a rental vehicle and drove to this beach first. Free parking in the lot and about a 10 min. walk down to the beach. Pure paradise-super clear water in an amazing setting. Hardly anyone there-just a few locals. A true hidden gem.Written 14 March 2023
- This is an impressive sight with seven Moai on the platform. You can walk around the Moai. It is well worth a visit.Written 17 May 2023
- Anakena Beach with its beautiful turquoise waters and coral sand is also home to ahu Nau Nau - another of the islands ceremonial platforms and another wonderful opportunity to see a different style of Moai carving.Written 5 April 2023
- This is a good place to see how people on Rapa Nui lived in the past. There are ruins of boat houses and fallen Moai. A fascinating place.Written 17 May 2023
- This attraction is another part of ancient history of Easter Island. It was probably the fashion in it’s time. Moais became a bit 'old hat', so to bring them up to date, people decided to give them 'topknots'. Puna Pau was a place with various colored volcanic rock and so became the place to quarry them. Deep red was obviously the preferred colour. The quarry is at the top of the mountain and one can climb up to see some spectacular views of the island and it’s coast which overlooks the main town of Hanga Roa. Great spot to visit even for the view of the island. Certainly very highly recommended to any traveler.Written 22 November 2020
- Ahu Vinapu is an interesting archeological site in Easter Island. It has a ceremonial center, which includes one of the larger ahu(platform) on Rapa Nui. The ahu exhibits extraordinary stonemasonry consisting of large, carefully fitted slabs of basalt. This site was investigated by an American archaeologist, William Mulloy, in 1958. Certainly worth visiting for seeing the artwork from yesteryears, while in Easter Island.Written 22 November 2020
- It is not easy to find this museum. There are no signs and I got lost along the way. The museum has an interesting exhibit about the history and culture of Rapa Nui. They also have a temporary exhibit of native art.Written 17 May 2023
- The top of Terevaka is visited either by hiking or on horseback. I chose the latter and it was a great way to see the scenery and the 360 degree vistas from one end of the island to the others. Worth a climb.Written 20 March 2019
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- The best day trips from Easter Island according to Tripadvisor travellers are:
- Easter Island Full-Day Tour: Ahu Tongariki, Rano Raraku and Anakena Beach
- 2-Day Private Tour Easter Island Highlights Complete Discovery
- Full day tour - DREAM
- Full Day Private Tour: Factory of the Moai the stone giants
- Full Day Tour in Rapa Nui
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