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Ahu Akivi Half-Day Island Tour

by Gray Line Chile
per adult Price is $43
Duration: 3h Free cancellation available No Booking Fees E-voucher (printout not required) Offered in: English Offered in: English

Highlights

  • Guided half-day tour to Easter Island's main sites

  • World-famous stone moais at Ahu Uri a Urenga and Ahu Tahai

  • Chance to learn more about the fascinating Rapa Nui history

  • Picturesque cinder cones & lush green of the Puna Pau quarry

  • Stunning row of 7 monoliths facing the Pacific at Ahu Akivi

Highlights

  • Guided half-day tour to Easter Island's main sites

  • World-famous stone moais at Ahu Uri a Urenga and Ahu Tahai

  • Chance to learn more about the fascinating Rapa Nui history

  • Picturesque cinder cones & lush green of the Puna Pau quarry

  • Stunning row of 7 monoliths facing the Pacific at Ahu Akivi

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3:00 PM, Tour in English

Duration 3h

Live Commentary in English.

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Total price is $43, taxes included

No booking or credit card fees

Ahu Akivi Half-Day Island Tour

Activity Location

Easter Island

Meeting/Redemption Point
  • Hotel Pickup

    Hanga Roa


Description

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 Hanga Piko Port 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.

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 Hanga Piko Port 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 Pun


Inclusions

  • Guided tour of Easter Island

  • Roundtrip transportation

  • Commentary in English and Spanish


Exclusions

  • Admission to National Park (80 USD per person)


Know Before You Book

  • Children 2 and younger are complimentary.


Ahu Akivi Half-Day Island Tour ratings based on 5 Verified Reviews

Expedia Verified Reviews

4.9 out of 5

5/5 Feb 16, 2019

I highly recommend the tour company, the guide, the driver and this sacred site. I am grateful for my visit to Tapa Nui. Thank you.

4/5 Feb 6, 2018

Thomas was a very good guide! Gave great insights and answered all the questions- and did a great job balancing those who spoke English and Spanish! I did wish they included the quarry- but found it was a longer distance than time permitted.

Suzanne R

United States

Sep 16, 2017

The tour was shorter than expected. Our paperwork said3 1/2 hours, we were back in 2 and we picked up people at 3 other places on the way. The information was all good from the guide though.

A verified traveler

United States