- 180 to 210 minutes (Approx.)
- Hotel pickup offered
- Mobile ticket
Delve into the archaeological mysteries of Easter Island's Rapa Nui National Park on this half-day tour. Stand before ancient 'moai' stone sculptures carved by the indigenous Rapa Nui, learn why the moai at Ahu Akivi face the ocean, and dig deeper on the topic of why the masonry at Ahu Tahai has perplexed experts. You'll also visit the Puna Pau quarry and the great Ahu Uri a Urenga, one of the 25 platforms that are not on the coast, but in the interior of the island and corresponds to an agricultural area.
- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- Professional guide
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Transport by air-conditioned van or bus
- Food and drinks
- Entrance fee to Rapa Nui National Park (56,000 Chilean pesos or 80.00 USD)
- Transfers from the pier (Please note there's an special option called Shore Excursion trip for this case)
Tour departs from Easter Island hotels
Returns to original departure point
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
Rapa Nui National Park, a wildlife sanctuary spread across most of Easter Island and a UNESCO World Heritage site, contains about 900 moai sculptures as well as 300 ahu, or ceremonial platforms, on which the carved figures stand. Sculpted from solidified volcanic ash, these statues are believed to represent the spirits of ancestors and high-ranking members of each tribe.
After hotel pickup from Hanga Roa, travel south with your guide into the park to Ahu Tahai, a ceremonial platform that has a unique moai, a stone giant that stands alone, but which is protected by its more than 4 meters high and its imposing figure.
Continue north to Puna Pau to see how some moai sport a different look. You'll notice they have pukao, or topknots made out of red scoria on their heads. It's believed the volcanic rock was used to impress rival tribes. Roughly 30 pukao are located in or near the Puna Pau quarry, the source of the red scoria.
Then head to Ahu Akivi, where you’ll see a line of seven moai looking out toward the ocean. The moai here each stand 16 feet (5 meters) tall and weigh about 18 tons (16 metric tons). What's mysterious about these sea-facing figures? It's an unusual sight considering the other ahu moai stand with their backs against the water.
One theory behind their unusual position: These moai symbolize the seven explorers from the Polynesian homeland of Hiva sent by the chief to find the island of Rapa Nui. According to this hypothesis, these statues face the ocean in the direction they came from.
Our last point will be The -Ahu Huri a Urenga- one of the 25 platforms that are not on the coast, but in the interior of the island and corresponds to an agricultural area, human settlements.
After your engaging exploration of ahu moai, you’ll be taken back to your hotel.
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Remember that this excursion is not a private tour
- It is recommended that you wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and bring water and snacks
- Note: Port pickup is not available
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Great service from the team. Reached out to me as I was running late and caught me up to the rest of the group
The tour guide was not friendly at all when I ask him the same questions he mentioned and felt irritated.
Of the three tours on the island we took, this was the least satisfying.
Excellent tour, the ship had to land on the other side of island but still the tour bus met us. Did not charge any park entrance fee and an excellent multilingual guide.
The tour has beauiful sights and some truly interesting archeological sites. The guide has a great personality, but there are several translation issues that make it difficult for english native speakers to get the big picture of the amazing history sorrounding the island.
The Moais are all over the island, but the guided tour was the best we could have done. My only regret was that I didn't book the full day.
Awesome experience. My girls loved it and want to return to Easter Island for Christmas again.
Average tour guide and tour included long treks over difficult and hilly terrain. More strenuous than expected
This tour was a good introduction to the many archaeological sites on Easter Island. I realised, however, that I had paid much more for the three tours that I went on than I would have done had I waited until my arrival on Easter Island to book them. That's my fault, of course, and I would have been bitterly disappointed if I'd arrived on the island and found that there were no tours available.
It was just great. The worst part was getting there and back. The tours were well organized and the tour guides excellent and informative. Christina was especially effective and helpful. But the most memorable were the local people, who were friendly and kind and made the whole experience unforgettable. I would recommend this trip to anyone.
This is one for those with more time on the Island or are keen on the building of the statues and platforms. It visits the one showing similarities with Inca stone work, The top Knot Quarry and the Inland site where the Moai look towards the sea.
Great tour of Easter Island to be able to see and hear stories of some fascinating sites. Tour guide was excellent and offered the tour bilingually though less English as English-speakers were a small minority. The tour group size was a bit large, but for the price and the quality of the guides, I would definitely recommend this tour! I did the two half-day tours on different days, which was perfect.
We landed at 1:00pm and this tour allowed us to have lunch and then begin a tour of sights that were not included in our full-day tour the next day. Puna Pau was closed that day and our guide took us to a lave cave instead, which was perfect since we would not have seen one otherwise.
The ship would not let us off until everyone who had signed for an Oceana tour had gotten off first. The tour guide waited for us which was fantastic. We got a three hour tour which was great.
We were impressed that the guide waited for us at Anakena Beach until 1200 and then waited until nearly 1400 for all people on our tour. The tour was modified to include Ahu Akiva, Rano Raraku and Tongariki. We were extremely happy with the tour presented and very satisfied with our guide.