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Anakena, Easter Island

#1 of 96 in Beaches in Chile
Must see · Beach · Nature / Park
At Anakena, stand in awe of the mighty "ahu" sculptures that have watched over mysterious Easter Island for centuries. Legend has it that the beach was the landing place of Hotu Matu'a, the tribal chief who arrived on the island with a party of two canoes, settling the territory. Examine the striking facial features of these sculptures, which date from between 1250 and 1500 CE. After you've appreciated the staggering history and the powerful monoliths, enjoy the white coral sand and lapis lazuli waters of the beach. Planning Hanga Roa trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.
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  • March 18, 2020: This pre-evacuation excursion was truly the best of show of the amazing locations of cultural importance on Rapa Nui. We would have gone back to swim if we'd had the chance...  more »
  • We were thrilled to make this our final stop on our tour. The first landing of Thor Heyerdahl was here. This area was also reconstructed in the 1970's. Black Obsidian was used for building of the.....  more »
  • Great spot to relax on the only beach of the island. Got to spend an hour plus here which is really needed to enjoy the beach and there was time to go for a soak if desired although the water was clear, the beach sand in the water is nothing to write home about. A small ahu behind the beach as well. A couple restaurants if you’re hungry although prices can be quite steep.
  • This place is so stunning! The only beach on Rapa Nui, lot of palmtrees, bar, restaurant, toilet. The ocean is cold (of course), but the possibility of swim is really unique ;)
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