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Generally speaking, there is very little access to the shoreline on Easter Island. Most of the coast is rocky and inaccessible but there are two small beaches, reasonably close together, on the the island's nothern flank.

Anakena is the larger of the two. This is where the first settlers landed. With its white sands and palm-tree clad gently sloping grassy areas, it's a justifiably popular place for swimming, plus there's the added attraction of there being two ahu close by. You'll find food and drink sellers here - the only ones outside the township of Hanga Roa at the other end of the island - there are also public loos (the only others are in Hanga Roa and at Rano Raraku) and, of course, the inevitable souvenir sellers. This is where most of the tour buses end up towards the end of the day, but you'll need to come back in the morning to get the best photos of the moai here, so do give yourself time to make a return visit, to swim and to check out the ahu.

Ovahe (between Anakena and La Perouse Bay) is much smaller. You'll need your own transport to get here - down a very rough track- so it's also a lot quieter. You may well find you're the only person/people there. Whilst there are no palm trees here to create that tropical feel, the sand is a lovely pale pink and there are great views of the Poike Peninsula.

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  • Updated Jan 17, 2007
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