"Anakena: the Beach" Top 5 Page for this destination Easter Island Things to Do Tip by balint01

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  The only "classical" beach on Rapa Nui
by balint01
  • The only "classical" beach on Rapa Nui - Easter Island
      The only "classical" beach on Rapa Nui
    by balint01
  • The beach of Anakena from the hillside - Easter Island
      The beach of Anakena from the hillside
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  • Anakena on Rapa Nui - Easter Island
      Anakena on Rapa Nui
    by balint01

Anakena is the only real, "classical" beach of the island. It is very small, but has beautiful white sand. According to the legend, this is where Hota Matu'a first landed on Rapa Nui when coming to the island with his family. This beach is also a playground for the local kids and families who come out here on weekends. There is even a platform on the Eastern side of the bay from where local kids love to jump in the water. Some visiting sailing boats prefer this bay instead of Hanga Roa.

This is also the spot where Thor Heyerdahl had his head-quarters set up during his archeological discovery visit.

"Logistically" it is also an important location on the island for the tourists (especially if you rented a bike), as this is practically the only place outside of Hanga Roa where you can buy food and drinks. You can get grilled meat, cold drinks, fruits and even ice-cream (opening hours are subject to the personal time-schedule of the owners...).

Directions: See map attached as photo.
On the north side of the island, there is a paved road from Hanga Roa with directions, going through the middle of the island.

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  • Updated Feb 13, 2007
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