Ana Kai Tangata, Hanga Roa

4.6
#4 of 15 in Outdoors in Hanga Roa
White-capped waves crash against the rocky shoreline near Ana Kai Tangata, concealing this hidden cave area. The cave is accessible at low and high tide and affords magnificent views of the coastline. A brief climb down the steps brings visitors to the cave's entrance, and further exploration reveals red and white drawings of birds on the rocky surface. The drawings were done with natural pigments and animal fat, but the cave's humidity has greatly hindered their preservation. The cave is believed to have been a meeting place for athletes taking part in the swimming competitions of the local Birdman cult. Put Ana Kai Tangata at the forefront of your travel plans using our Hanga Roa trip planning tool .
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  • Great views all around and a nice spot to watch the sunset. Walk down the steps to the cave you can't go in like the other caves. But dramatic coast with crashing surf and jagged rock formations!  more »
  • You'll want to go to see the cave art of the early people of Rapa Nui. The climb is not difficult and once in the cave you can take in the beautiful view of the water and the crashing waves.  more »
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  • The cave with the paintings is currently closed, but this is a great place to watch the power of the ocean from the security of high cliffs.
  • Very cool site with several large caves. The one we could access on foot has clear cave paintings of birdmen. The extreme blue of the ocean contrasting with red, brown and black lava rocks made a dramatic site and the waves crashing on the rocks were memorising to watch. Highly recommend visiting this site. There is a nice play ground next to the site and a friendly dog was guiding the tourists on the day we visited 😊
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