07 Feb explora Rapa Nui
About explora Rapa Nui
Location: 8km from Hanga Roa, Easter Island.
explora Rapa Nui is the perfect blend of simplicity and comfort. With all 30 rooms facing the pacific ocean or the expansive prairies, guests will have the chance to completely unwind and immerse themselves in the sheer beauty of their surroundings. The hotel’s architecture aims to perfectly combine the geography and rich culture of Easter Island. Spend the day exploring the Island with experienced and local guides and come back to a relaxing evening and superb place to rest after a busy day.
The hotel facilities include a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, massage area, spa, explorer’s bar- stocked with liquor and Chilean wines and a store with all of the necessary items along with artisan goods and books from the region. With so much to do and see at explora Rapa Nui you’ll never want to leave! To find out more about this privileged accommodation on the beautiful Easter Island and to combine with other parts of South America call one of our experts on 1300 784 794.
Why explora Rapa Nui
Excursions for all
explora Rapa Nui offers over 30 excursions for all fitness levels and interests. Hiking, walking, biking, snorkeling and scuba diving explorations are yours to enjoy to discover Easter Island. With a maximum of eight travellers per excursion, guests can enjoy themselves with an extremely experienced guide.
explora Rapa Nui guides are passionate and professional with a deep understanding of the region. They love what they do and to share their home with travellers from all over the world. All the guides speak excellent English.
explora Rapa Nui is on top of a rolling green hill with privileged views of the pacific ocean and expansive surrounding prairies. Situated perfectly to explore all that Easter Island has to offer. This is a place where friendships blossom and memorable experiences shared.
The dishes at explora Rapa Nui have been designed to enable its guests to indulge and enjoy but to still feel light, agile and healthy. Always accompanied by superb Chilean wine, come home from a day exploring Easter Island to an evening watching the sunset in the cosy dining room.
Beautiful architecture and well planned communal areas make explora Rapa Nui feel like a relaxing home away from home. The balance of geography and culture is visible from the understated, clean lined and natural wood appearance of the hotel. Constructed with the environment in mind it has received LEED certification for environmentally friendly construction and efficient energy use.
Everything is Included
To ensure you have a relaxing, immersive holiday everything at explora Rapa Nui is included. Excursions, meals, beverages, transport and accommodation is taken care of so you can enjoy your break without a care in the world.
There are four Raa Suites at explora Rapa Nui. Each is 44 square metres with views of the surrounding prairies. The rooms have king or twin bed configuration and a sitting area. The bathroom has a bath and shower as well as luxurious toiletries.
There are twenty six Varúa Rooms each with a breathtaking view of the ocean. With a spacious 32 metres squared, the rooms feature wood finishings, large opening windows to let in the sea breeze and bright, yet understated accessories.
Excursions explora Rapa Nui
Walk from the hotel to the coastline, descending among prairies, farmlands, and archaeological sites. Finish the trek in the area of Akahanga, the burial site of the first king of Rapa Nui and where the second largest moai platform is found. You will return to the hotel by van.
Take a van from the hotel to the hill with the three crosses and walk uphill. At the summit, enjoy a 360° view of the Island. When walking down, visit the Pukao quarry, red scoria hat-like structures that were formerly placed on top of the moai.
Start your hike in Rano Raraku, the moai quarry, among huge statues in different carving stages. After visiting the crater, continue hiking through one of the old moai transportation routes until you reach of group of abandoned moai.
Hike from the Mahatua area up to Ovahe beach, which features red sands and crystal-clear waters. This route recreates a 1770 procession whereby Spanish seamen, escorted by hundreds of Rapa Nui, took possession of the Island. Those who wish to can practice snorkeling. Bring your swimsuit.
Hike along the coast. Pass fishing coves, archaeological sites and Ovahe beach until you get to Anakena where we can visit the archaeological remains of the Rapa Nui kings who lived there. It’s time to enjoy the beach. Bring your swimsuit.
Take a van to Ahu Akivi, the only platform with moai facing the ocean. Then hike along the Roiho lava fields with magma-shaped tunnels and caves. Finally, continue hiking along the coast up to the Tahai archaeological site.
Begin hiking at the foothill of Pui Mountain, known by an ancient competition in which Rapa Nui men slid on banana tree barks. Continue through plains and former moai transportation routes, going by archaeological sites until reaching Rano Raraku, the moai quarry.
Take a van to the Papa Vaka archaeological site, which features a large number of petroglyphs. Hike through the area of Hotu Iti, plains among archaeological remains, rock gardens, and traditional farming sites. Arrive to Ahu Tongariki, the largest ceremonial platform in the Island. Return to the hotel by van.
Head to Ahu Mahatua in the Poike Peninsula. Follow a trail along a cliff, going by Parehe and Tea-Tea Mountains. Continue up to the summit of Puakatiki Mountain, which offers a panoramic view of Rapa Nui’s isolated position. You will then descend following a steep path up to Tongariki, the Ahu of the 15 moai.
The Highest Point
Begin the hike at the foothill of the Terevaka Volcano, going up a narrow creek and passing several archaeological sites until you reach the volcano’s summit, the highest point on the Island with 360° views to the horizon. When hiking your way down towards Ahu Akivi, witness the 7 moai facing the sea.
Start at the foothill of Pui Mountain, where men used to compete sliding on banana tree barks. Continue over ancient moai transportation routes until you reach the Rano Raraku quarry. Visit the place and then walk through Ara O Te Moai, another moai trail, until you reach a group of abandoned moai.
Start in Ahu Tahira, a construction platform with perfectly overlapping stone structures. Go up to the rim of the Rano Kau crater, the largest on the Island and then hike to Orongo, an ancient ceremonial village where the Birdman competition took place.
Follow a trail along cliffs in the north area, crossing plains and ancient villages that belonged to the Miru, which used to be the most powerful tribe in Rapa Nui. Continue hiking up to Anakena, this tribe’s capital city, where you will get some time to enjoy the beach. Bring your swimsuit!
You will begin hiking at the foothill of the Terevaka Volcano to reach the highest spot in the Island (500 metres above sea level). Then go down to Ahu Akivi. In this exploration you will hike along cliffs with a view to the ocean, pass an ancient Rapa Nui settlement and see caves shaped by lava flows. Finally, ride a van to the Tahai archaeological complex.
Leave explora on your bike following inland routes, go up a gentle slope and ride along traditional Rapa Nui crop fields. Arrive at Ahu Akivi, the place where seven moai are facing the ocean. You will return to the hotel by van.
Ride from the hotel towards Ahu Tongariki, the best-rebuilt platform with 15 intact moai. Then continue along the coastline to the Mahatua area, visiting several archaeological sites up to Anakena, with its ruins, crystal-clear waters and white sands. Then return to explora by van. Be sure to bring your swimsuit.
Leave the hotel and ride your bike uphill to Ahu Akivi, the platform with seven moai facing the ocean. Continue up to the Te Peu archaeological site, where you will visit an ancient Rapa Nui village with several archaeological remains. Finally reach Tahai, one of the major towns on the west coast.
Leave explora and ride uphill along the Terevaka Volcano, a point of orientation for navigators. With a 360° view, you can see the remoteness of this destination. Then ride up to Ahu Akivi, the platform with seven moai facing the ocean. Return to the hotel by van.
Leave explora and ride up to the Terevaka Volcano. In the summit, you will enjoy a privileged view of the Island. Then ride down to Ahu Akivi and head to the Ahu Tepeu archaeological site. Finally, you will ride to Tahai, the location of the only moai with coral eyes. Return to explora by van.
Leave by van towards Mahatua, an ancient Rapa Nui settlement. Then bike ride to the Tea Tea Mountain, in the Poike Peninsula. Follow along the south coastline cliffs and reach Ahu Tongariki, the Island’s largest platform from where you return taking byways.
We take a van to Ovahe beach, one of the least known on the Island. Here you can swim 200 meters offshore to watch endemic sea life and purple corals. Water temperature varies from 20°C to 25°C. Be sure to take your swimsuit. Prior snorkeling experience is recommended for this exploration.
Snorkeling Bird Islets
Van tour from the hotel to Hanga Roa’s cove, where you will take a boat to sea caves with views to the cliffs, the Rano Kau crater and Motus, the famous islets due to the Birdman competition. You can snorkel around the Motus due to the unbeatable clear water conditions.
Discover Scuba Diving
This exploration is the easiest way to get to know Rapa Nui’s amazing submarine world. It includes two stages: The first stage takes place in explora where a guide teaches diving theory and conducts a controlled immersion in the pool so that guests can get used to the equipment and perform some exercises. The second stage involves a dive in the Hanga Roa bay, experiencing diving in waters known worldwide for their visibility. After completing the diving experience, the traveler gets a discovery or baptism PADI Certificate.
*This exploration has an additional cost.
Rapa Nui Diving
Two-tank private diving for travelers with diving certificates, either beginner’s or advanced. This exploration is an invitation to discover Easter Island’s underwater world and includes two dives. Some of the places you visit include the sunken moai –a landmark diving point– the Nui and Iti motus, surrounded by corals, and the Cathedral, a complex of submarine caves.
*This exploration has an additional cost. The limit for recreational scuba diving is 30 metres with approved certification.
Take a van towards Vinapu, where you will find Ahu Tahira, a construction platform with perfectly overlapping rock structures that are often compared with Inca buildings. Afterwards, head by van to Rano Kau, the island’s largest crater. Hike around part of the crater where you can watch the biodiversity of the wetland within it and continue to the ceremonial town of Orongo, known for the Birdman competition. Then visit the area of Mataveri with its unique volcanic landscape and its connection with Orongo.
Rapa Nui Sanctuaries
Visit Akivi with the Ahu of the 7 moai facing the ocean. Then hike through the lava field of Roiho, where you will see a lava tunnel. Continue by van to the Hanga Kioe sanctuary, where you will see a standing moai watching over its village. Then hike to the Rapa Nui cemetery passing Tahai. End the trip in Hanga Roa and return to explora by van.
Take a van to Papa Vaka, an archaeological site with petroglyphs. You will then hike and go by a cove and continue hiking up to Tepito Kura, a site featuring a huge tumbled moai and a magnetic stone associated to Rapa Nui’s origins. Continue by van to Anakena, the landing area of the first Polynesian settlers. Time to enjoy the beach. Be sure to bring your swimsuit.
Begin in Puna Pau, the Pukao (“topknots” in Rapa Nui language) quarry. Continue visiting Vinapu, featuring a wall that is built similarly as Incan architecture, with carved and overlapping stones. In this exploration you will see the remains of the Pukao roads to the moai. Finally, drive to the southern coastline where you will hike to delve deeper into this Island’s history and landscape. Return to explora by van.
Take a van to Ahu One Makihi with its huge tumbled moai. Then continue to Tongariki to learn the history of Rapa Nui’s largest Ahu and explore its surroundings, after which you will understand the division between east and west in Rapa Nui.
Caves & Cliffs
Ride your bikes from explora and head to Ahu Akivi, where seven moai are facing the ocean. Then then continue hiking through lava fields, discovering caves and tunnels. Continue to Tepeu, an ancient settlement featuring remains of the largest boat-house. You will then continue along cliffs with views to the ocean to finally visit Tahai.
Take a van from the hotel and head to Pui Mountain, where you will begin trekking towards Ranu Raraku, the moai quarry. Visit the archaeological site and the crater. Then head to Anakena by bike, where you will see archaeological remains and enjoy the best beach in Rapa Nui. Bring your swimsuit.
Start in Ahu Tahira, a construction platform with perfectly overlapping rock structures, from where you will begin hiking to the crater of the Rano Kau Volcano and Orongo. Orongo is the ancient ceremonial village where Birdman competitions used to take place. Then head down south by bike and ride along the coast visiting several archaeological sites. Keep on riding back to explora.