Anakena Beach is a stunning stretch of fine white coral sand dotted with palm trees that sway in the wind. Its soft sand is unusual for the island, whose coastline is otherwise rocky. Take a dip in the ocean water and dry off in the sun.
With a calm atmosphere, few crowds and little noise, this beach is one of the most appealing places on the island. Lie down on the sand, feel the warmth of the sun and enhance your tan. The sound of the wind and the waves only adds to the relaxing ambiance. For something more active, don snorkeling gear and spot colorful marine life beneath the water.
Oral traditions suggest the beach was the initial landing spot of the first Polynesian chief who arrived on Easter Island and formed a settlement. It later became a ceremonial site. Archaeologists excavated parts of the beach and its surrounding region in the 20th century. Explore the land around the beach and look for interesting archaeological finds.
Discover the spiritual sites of Ahu-Ature behind the beach. Here, a single moai, one of the island’s famous carved stone heads, remains. Nearby at Ahu Nau Nau are a further seven of these distinctive statues, two of which have been severely damaged.
Enjoy a picnic with your family at one of the designated picnic tables or dine at one of the small restaurants near the beach. Several stalls sell artisanal crafts.
Visitors must pay a fee to enter the Rapa Nui National Park where the beach is located. Purchase your ticket at the airport or at the National Forestry Corporation (CONAF) offices in Orongo and Rano Raraku. Bring cash to rent umbrellas at the beach.
Anakena Beach lies on the northeastern coast of Easter Island at the opposite end of the island from Hanga Roa and the Ahu Akivi spiritual site. Nearby attractions include the volcanoes of Poike and Rano Raraku. Drivers can leave their car in the parking lot by the beach.
Situated near the airport, this cabin is within 6 mi (10 km) of Vaihu, Ahu Akahanga, and Puna Pau. Ahu Nau Nau and Ovahe Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated by the ocean, this aparthotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Vaihu, Ahu Akahanga, and Ahu Nau Nau. Ahu te Pito Kura and Puna Pau are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated near the airport, this spa resort is within 6 mi (10 km) of Vaihu, Ahu Akahanga, and Puna Pau. Ovahe Beach and Anakena Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in the historical district, this hostal is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ahu Tongariki and Rano Raraku. Ahu Hanga Tetenga and Ahu te Pito Kura are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in Hanga Roa, this luxury resort is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Vaihu and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Ahu Akahanga. Ahu Hanga Tetenga and Puna Pau are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in Hanga Roa, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Museo Antropologico Sebastian Englert, Ahu Tahai, and Ahu Vai Uri. Ahu Kote Riku and Mercado Artesanal Municipal are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ahu Tahai, Museo Antropologico Sebastian Englert, and Ahu Vai Uri. Ana Kai Tangata and Ranu Kau are also within 6 mi (10 km).