Explora Rapa Nui

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Tour Overview

Located on mythical Easter Island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Explora en Rapa Nui –Posada de Mike Rapu

The hotel is located on a hill in the Te Miro Oone sector, on 9.6 hectares of land that faces the sea. The hotel is situated in the southwestern zone of the island, 5.6 km from Hanga Roa (the only town on the island) and it acts as a base for exploring this attractive and mysterious island, home to a culture whose origins and evolution remain unexplained.

Volcanic rock, native to the island and always used by the island’s inhabitants in construction, and wood from the mainland are the principal materials. The hotel has 30 guestrooms that spread out from central areas that house reception, living areas, a bar, kitchen and services. Next to the common areas is the Casa de Baños Hare Vai, with a pool, massage salon and open-air Jacuzzis.

Visitors to explora en Rapa Nui may participate in our diverse explorations that are organised according to group size and guest preference.

Every day, the hotel offers easy to more difficult walks that, one by one, unveil the secrets and beauty of the island. These walks are combined with picnics on rocky outcrops or along the shore, always in mesmerising sites.

 

Room Types
Varua Room
Raa Suite

Sample Excursions

Each day guests may choose between 5 or more different explorations that are selected according to climatic conditions, guests’ preferences, length and difficulty.

The group size maximum is 8 people, along with a bilingual guide who brings along all necessary equipment.

Hiking

Akahanga
We walk from the hotel to the coastline, descending among prairies, farmlands, and archaeological sites. We finish this 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. We return to the hotel by van.

Type: Half day
Duration: 2h 30min
Distance: 5,6 km / 3,5 miles

Puna Pau

We take a van from the hotel to the hill with the three crosses and walk uphill. At the summit, we enjoy a 360° view of the Island. When walking down, we visit the Pukao quarry, red scoria hat-like structures that were formerly placed on top of the moai.

Type: Half day
Duration: 2h 30min
Distance: 2,2 km / 1,4 miles

Ara Moai
We start our hike in Rano Raraku, the moai quarry, among huge statues in different carving stages. After visiting the crater, we continue hiking through one of the old moai transportation routes until we reach of group of abandoned moai.

Type: Half day
Duration: 3h
Distance: 5,3 km / 3,3 miles

1770
We 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.

Type: Half day
Duration: 3h
Distance: 5,4 km / 3,4 miles

Mahatua
Hike along the coast. We pass fishing coves, archaeological sites and Ovahe beach until we 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.

Type: Half day
Duration: 3h 30min
Distance: 7,0 km / 4,4 miles

Roiho
We take a van to Ahu Akivi, the only platform with moai facing the ocean. We then hike along the Roiho lava fields with magma-shaped tunnels and caves. Finally, we continue hiking along the coast up to the Tahai archaeological site.

Type: Half day
Duration: 3h 30 min
Distance: 6,5 km / 4 miles

Pui
We begin hiking at the foothill of Pui Mountain, known by an ancient competition in which Rapa Nui men slid on banana tree barks. We continue through plains and former moai transportation routes, going by archaeological sites until reaching Rano Raraku, the moai quarry.

Type: Half day
Duration: 4h
Distance: 7,1 km / 4,4 miles

Hotu Iti
We take a van to the Papa Vaka archaeological site, which features a large number of petroglyphs. We hike through the area of Hotu Iti, plains among archaeological remains, rock gardens, and traditional farming sites. We arrive to Ahu Tongariki, the largest ceremonial platform in the Island. We return by van.

Type: Half day
Duration: 3h 30 min
Distance: 6,5 km / 4 miles

Puakatiki
We head to Ahu Mahatua in the Poike Peninsula. We follow a trail along a cliff, going by Parehe and Tea-Tea Mountains. We continue up to the summit of Puakatiki Mountain, which offers a panoramic view of Rapa Nui’s isolated position. We descend following a steep path up to Tongariki, the Ahu of the 15 moai.

Type: Half day
Duration: 4h
Distance: 7,9 km / 4,9 miles

The Highest Point
We begin our hike at the foothill of the Terevaka Volcano, going up a narrow creek and passing several archaeological sites until we reach the volcano’s summit, the highest point on the Island with 360° views to the horizon. When hiking our way down towards Ahu Akivi, the 7 moai facing the sea.

Type: Half day
Duration: 4h
Distance: 10,5 km / 6,5 miles

Poike
We begin this hike in Mahatua, in the Poike Peninsula. We hike up a cliff to trachyte or white rock domes. We visit the mountains in this area, hike along the coastline and pass sites with archaeological remains, including the only trachyte moai. We continue walking up to Tongariki, the location of 15 moai. Return to the hotel by van.

Type: Full day
Duration: 7h
Distance: 11,8 km / 7,3 miles

Walking Moai
We start at the foothill of Pui Mountain, where men used to compete sliding on banana tree barks. We continue over ancient moai transportation routes until we reach the Rano Raraku quarry. We visit the place and then walk through Ara O Te Moai, another moai trail, until we reach a group of abandoned moai.

Type: Full day
Duration: 7h
Distance: 12,7 km / 7,9 miles

The Birdman
We start in Ahu Tahira, a construction platform with perfectly overlapping stone structures. We go up to the rim of the Rano Kau crater, the largest on the Island and then we hike to Orongo, an ancient ceremonial village where the Birdman competition took place.

Type: Half day
Duration: 4h
Distance: 9,2 km / 5,7 miles

The Miru
We 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. We continue hiking up to Anakena, this tribe’s capital city, where get some time to enjoy the beach. Bring your swimsuit.

Type: Full day
Duration: 7h
Distance: 16,2 km / 10,1 miles

Lava Flows
We begin hiking at the foothill of the Terevaka Volcano to reach the highest spot in the Island (500 m.a.s.l. / 1,640 f.a.s.l.).We then go down to Ahu Akivi. In this exploration we hike along cliffs with a view to the ocean, pass an ancient Rapa Nui settlement and see caves shaped by lava flows. Finally, we ride a van to the Tahai archaeological complex.

Type: Full day
Duration: 8h
Distance: 17,5 km / 10,9 miles

Overland Excursions

Bird Cult
We take a van towards Vinapu, where we find Ahu Tahira, a construction platform with perfectly overlapping rock structures that are often compared with Inca buildings. Afterwards, we head by van to Rano Kau, the island’s largest crater. We hike around part of the crater where we watch the biodiversity of the wetland within it and continue to the ceremonial town of Orongo, known for the Birdman competition. Then we visit the area of Mataveri with its unique volcanic landscape and its connection with Orongo.

Type: Half day
Duration: 3h 30min

Rapa Nui Sanctuaries
We visit Akivi with the Ahu of the 7 moai facing the ocean. We hike through the lava field of Roiho, where we see a lava tunnel. We continue by van to the Hanga Kioe sanctuary, where we see a standing moai watching over its village. We then hike to the Rapa Nui cemetery passing Tahai. We end the trip in Hanga Roa and return by van.

Type: Half day
Duration: 3h 30 min

Hanga
We take a van to Papa Vaka, an archaeological site with petroglyphs. We 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. We continue by van to Anakena, the landing area of the first Polynesian settlers. Time to enjoy the beach. Bring your swimsuit.

Type: Half day
Duration: 3h 30 min

Pukao
We begin in Puna Pau, the Pukao (“topknots” in Rapa Nui language) quarry. We continue visiting Vinapu, featuring a wall that is built similarly as Incan architecture, with carved and overlapping stones. In this exploration we see the remains of the Pukao roads to the moai. Finally, we drive to the southern coastline where we hike to delve deeper into this Island’s history and landscape. Return by van.

Type: Half day
Duration: 3h 30 min

Tongariki
We take a van to Ahu One Makihi with its huge tumbled moai. We continue to Tongariki to learn the history of Rapa Nui’s largest Ahu and we explore its surroundings, after which we understand the division between east and west in Rapa Nui.

Type: Half day
Duration: 3h

Bike Rides

Akivi
We leave explora on our bikes following inland routes, go up a gentle slope and ride along traditional Rapa Nui crop fields. We arrive at Ahu Akivi, the place where seven moai are facing the ocean. We return to the hotel by van.

Type: Half day
Duration: 2h
Distance: 6,8 km / 4,2 miles

Anakena
We ride from the hotel towards Ahu Tongariki, the best-rebuilt platform with 15 intact moai. We continue along the coastline to the Mahatua area, visiting several archaeological sites up to Anakena, with its ruins, crystal-clear waters and white sands. We return to explora by van. Bring your swimsuit.

Type: Half day
Duration: 4h
Distance: 22,9 km / 14,2 miles

Tahai
We leave the hotel and ride our bikes uphill to Ahu Akivi, the platform with seven moai facing the ocean. We continue up to the Te Peu archaeological site, where we visit an ancient Rapa Nui village with several archaeological remains. We finally reach Tahai, one of the major towns on the west coast.

Type: Half day
Duration: 4h
Distance: 15,3 km / 9,5 miles

Navigators’ Mountain
We leave explora and ride uphill along the Terevaka Volcano, a point of orientation for navigators. With a 360° view, we can see the remoteness of this destination. We then ride up to Ahu Akivi, the platform with seven moai facing the ocean. We return by van.

Type: Half day
Duration: 3h
Distance: 12,8 km / 8,0 miles

Terevaka
We leave explora and ride up to the Terevaka Volcano. In the summit, we enjoy a privileged view of the Island. We ride down to Ahu Akivi and then head to the Ahu Tepeu archaeological site. Finally, we ride to Tahai, the location of the only moai with coral eyes. We return to explora by van.

Type: Half day
Duration: 4h
Distance: 21,0 km / 13,0 miles

The Peninsula
We leave by van towards Mahatua, an ancient Rapa Nui settlement. We then bike ride to the Tea Tea Mountain, in the Poike Peninsula. We then follow along the south coastline cliffs and reach Ahu Tongariki, the Island’s largest platform from where we return taking byways.

Type: Half day
Duration: 4h
Distance: 24,2 km / 15,0 miles

Sea Journeys
Additional Cost*

Ovahe
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 (68°F to 77°F). Take your swimsuit. Prior snorkeling experience is recommended for this exploration.

Type: Half day
Duration: 1h

Snorkelling Bird Islets
Van tour from the hotel to Hanga Roa’s cove, where we 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. We can snorkel around the Motus due to unbeatable clear water conditions.

Type: Half day
Duration: 1h 30 min

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.

Type: Half day
Duration: 1h

Rapa Nui Diving
Two-tank private diving for travellers 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 we visit include the sunken moai –a landmark diving point– the Niu 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 meters with approved certification.

Type: Half day
Duration: 1h 30 min

Tour Inclusions

  • Transfers from/to airport based on regular.
  • Lodging, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (includes soft drink and coffee), bar.
  • Daily excursions from a menu based on regular.
  • Use of pools at the hotel.

Tour Pricing

4 Days / 3 Nights
Single
Twin / Double
Varua Room
$4,485
$3,347
*For additional tours and room types please contact us

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