Experience the markets, museums and bustle of the island’s principal town and see the mysterious ceremonial sites and volcanic wonders on its outskirts.

As the main settlement on Easter Island, Hanga Roa is fairly developed encompassing hotels, restaurants and shops. The town has a large harbor that acts as a hub for local fishermen as well as lots of colorful buildings. Browse the boutiques and cafés of Atamu Tekena Avenue and peruse traditional items at the Mercado Artesanal Municipal.

More than 3,000 inhabitants now live in Hanga Roa, making up the vast majority of the island’s population. The local culture blends Polynesian and Chilean customs. Listen for both Spanish and Rapa Nui being spoken.

Look at historical relics, such as old fishing hooks and cooking utensils, in the Museum Antropológico Padre Sebastián. Elsewhere in town, the Church of Hanga Roa houses intricate wooden sculptures.

Head to the Ahu Akivi spiritual site on the outskirts of town to view the world-famous moai statues, known for their disproportionately large heads. Here seven 16-foot (5-meter) tall stone figures stand in a row facing the sea. Venture to the Rano Raraku volcanic crater to examine unfinished sculptures, among them the tallest moai on the island.

Climb up the extinct Rano Kau volcano and admire the mesmerizing views of the ocean and the island from the peak. The crater has a rainwater lake and its own microclimate, which helps supports vegetation that doesn’t grow anywhere else on the island.

For a relaxing day out, bring the family to Anakena Beach. Its soft, white sand is a welcome change from the predominantly rocky coastline. Swim in the water and rent snorkeling gear and umbrellas.

Easter Island has a warm climate year-round, with cooler temperatures between May and September. Find internet, ATMs and other useful services in Hanga Roa.

Find Hanga Roa in the southwestern corner of the island between the extinct volcanoes of Terevaka and Rano Kau. Flying from Santiago de Chile will take about 6 hours.

Hanga Roa is the cultural hub of Easter Island and makes a great base from which to explore some of the world’s most fascinating sacred sites.

Top Hotels in Hanga Roa

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa
Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa
5 out of 5
Av Pont S/n, Hanga Roa, Easter Island

Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pea Beach, Ana Kai Tangata, and Mercado Artesanal Municipal. Ahu Vai Uri and Ahu Kote Riku ...

4.3/5Excellent! (91 reviews)

"The hotel setting, attention, rooms, sunset, all are fabulous."…"

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2019

Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa
Hotel Victoria
Hotel Victoria
3 out of 5
Av. Pont, Isla De Pascua, Hanga Roa, Easter Island
The price is $105 per night

Located in the heart of Hanga Roa, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Ahu Kote Riku, Ahu Tahai, and Ranu Kau. Ahu Akivi and Te Pahu Caves are also within 6 ...

3.7/5Good! (115 reviews)

"The hotel needs a good update - walls painted, showers fixed, etc. It was a very basic accommodation. The WiFi was free but so slow as to be non-exististant on some days."…"

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019

Hotel Victoria
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explora Rapa Nui - All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Te Miro Oone S/N, Hanga Roa, Easter Island

Situated in the suburbs, this luxury property is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Vaihu and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Ahu Akahanga. Terevaka and Puna Pau are also within 6 mi ...

5/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)

"The fact that every detail is taken in consideration and that the staff is super helpful and friendly made this place even more special. The rooms, the view, the common areas are beautiful and the food prepared was delicious. The explorations are well planned and the guides did know their material. ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2020

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Popular places to visit in Hanga Roa

Anakena Beach
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Anakena Beach

5/5(44 reviews)

Relax on this sandy shoreline and learn about its history as the likely entry point for Easter Island’s first settlers many centuries ago.

Ahu Tongariki
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Ahu Tongariki

5/5(62 reviews)

The largest of its type on Easter Island, this impressive ceremonial platform features 15 huge head-and-torso stone statues lined up in a row.

Ahu Tahai
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Ahu Tahai

5/5(40 reviews)

Find out about the history of Hanga Roa when you take a trip to Ahu Tahai. You can seek out the local tours while in the area.

Rano Raraku
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Rano Raraku

5/5(57 reviews)

See a carved stone figure that is almost twice the height of any other statue on Easter Island and hundreds more sculptures at this volcanic crater.

Ahu Nau Nau
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Ahu Nau Nau

4.5/5(23 reviews)

Learn about the local history of Hanga Roa with a stop at Ahu Nau Nau. You can seek out the local tours while in the area.

Ranu Kau
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Ranu Kau

5/5(37 reviews)

Climb to the top of this extinct volcano for spectacular views of the ocean and the rest of this picturesque island.

Top things to do in Hanga Roa

Rapa Nui Full-Day Tour Anakena
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Rapa Nui Full-Day Tour Anakena

$91
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Orongo & Rano Kau Half-Day Tour
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Orongo & Rano Kau Half-Day Tour

$43
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Ahu Akivi Half-Day Island Tour
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Ahu Akivi Half-Day Island Tour

$43
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Rapanui Origins: Full Day Private Tour
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Rapanui Origins: Full Day Private Tour

$299
Per adult
Moai Rise and Fall: Full Day Private Tour
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Moai Rise and Fall: Full Day Private Tour

$299
Per adult
Private Full-Day Easter Island Moai Monuments Tour
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Private Full-Day Easter Island Moai Monuments Tour

$200
Per adult

Reviews of Hanga Roa

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 17, 2020

I loved all of Easter Island. I highly recommend renting a bike and riding all over the island. We saw almost all the moais on bike.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 24, 2020

Interesting trip. Stayed three nights, wish we had stayed four and relaxed more.

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveler

Dec 8, 2019

Don’t go to this hotel. It’s terrible and very over priced

5/5 - Excellent

Kathy

Oct 16, 2019

The Polynesian people of Hanga Roa are very proud of their culture and love to share information with visitors to their island. I enjoyed the food, the people and the historical background of the Moai.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Sep 24, 2019

Hanga Roa, Easter Island's main and only town, has a laid-back, small village feel, tropical, many eating options - be sure to try the local fish and the ceviche in particular - no beaches but two pools in the volcanic rocks, good diving and surfing

5/5 - Excellent

Bee

Sep 7, 2019

It was truly an incredible place and folks were very friendly.

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