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Anakena Beach

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

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.


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Mana Nui Inn £69
Mana Nui Inn

Mana Nui Inn

Petero Atamu, Hanga Roa
     
    4.2
    of 5, from 89 reviews
    3.0 out of 5.0

    Situated by the ocean, this aparthotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Vaihu, Ahu Akahanga and Ahu Nau Nau. Ovahe Beach and Anakena Beach are also within 6 miles (10 km).

    HareMiru Cabañas £84
    HareMiru Cabañas

    HareMiru Cabañas

    Calle Miru s/n Sector Tahai, Hanga Roa
       
      4.4
      of 5, from 8 reviews
      3.0 out of 5.0

      Situated near the airport, this cabin is within 6 miles (10 km) of Vaihu, Ahu Akahanga and Puna Pau. Ahu Nau Nau and Ovahe Beach are also within 6 miles (10 km).

      Hotel Hare Boutik £218
      Hotel Hare Boutik

      Hotel Hare Boutik

      Av. Hotu Matua S/N, Hanga Roa
         
        4.2
        of 5, from 37 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Situated near the airport, this spa resort is within 6 miles (10 km) of Vaihu, Ahu Akahanga and Puna Pau. Ahu Nau Nau and Ovahe Beach are also within 6 miles (10 km).

        Hostal Pukao
        Hostal Pukao

        Hostal Pukao

        Puna Pau s/n, Rapa Nui, Hanga Roa
           
          4.5
          of 5, from 43 reviews
          2.5 out of 5.0

          Situated in the historical district, this hostal is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ahu Tongariki and Rano Raraku. Ahu Nau Nau and Anakena Beach are also within 9 mi (15 km).

          Maunga roa eco lodge £155
          Maunga roa eco lodge

          Maunga roa eco lodge

          Maunga Roa sin número, km 6.9, Hanga Roa
             
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Situated in a rural location, this bed & breakfast is close to Ahu Akahanga, Vaihu and Ahu Hanga Tetenga. Local attractions also include Ahu Akivi and Puna Pau.

            explora Rapa Nui - All Inclusive
            explora Rapa Nui - All Inclusive

            explora Rapa Nui - All Inclusive

            Te Miro Oone S/N, Hanga Roa
               
              5.0
              of 5, from 2 reviews
              4.5 out of 5.0

              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 miles (10 km).

              Altiplanico Isla de Pascua £214
              Altiplanico Isla de Pascua

              Altiplanico Isla de Pascua

              Hinere Area, Easter Island, Hanga Roa
                 
                3.9
                of 5, from 36 reviews
                3.5 out of 5.0

                Situated in Hanga Roa, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Museo Antropologico Sebastian Englert, Ahu Tahai and Ahu Vai Uri. Ahu Kote Riku and Mercado Artesanal Municipal are also within 3 miles (5 km).

                Lemu Lodge Vaihu £183
                Lemu Lodge Vaihu

                Lemu Lodge Vaihu

                Caleta Vaihu sin número, Hanga Roa
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated near the beach in Hanga Roa, this lodge is close to Vaihu, Ahu Akahanga and Puna Pau. Local attractions also include Vinapu.