This Ahu is one of the main tourist attractions on the beach. It is a ceremonial platform 60 meters long and 12 meters wide and has 7 moai on its surface.
It is an incredible beach approximately 25 minutes from the city of Haƞa Roa, with water that is around 20°C throughout the year and that accompanies the landscape of the island with white sand and practically transparent waters.
Juan Daniel Pacomio & Alicia Tepano Tuke
The story of the erection of this stone giant dates back to 1956 when Thor Heyerdahl, a Norwegian explorer, convinced several islanders to try to raise this moai and thus test their theories about how it was originally installed.
Is a beautiful beach, 25 minutes away from Hanga Roa town, with white sands and clear turquoise water surrounding the 20º-25ºC temperature throughout the year.
Is one of tourists most visited sites and an unforgettable destination for all who visit it. Along with the crystal clear waters and white sands that surrounds this beach there are also archeological and historical remains which are evidences of this great Rapa Nui culture.
Haƞa Rau is where the story of Rapa Nui starts. According to oral tradition, Haumaka’s dream becomes true and the Ariki Hotu Matu’a disembarks in these white sands, bringing with him his family and people. His wife, Vakai, which was pregnant at the moment, gives birth to his son Tu’u Maheke and he becomes the first Rapanui.
Rapa Nui emerged between 3.000.000 and 200.000 years ago from the bottom of the ocean when submarine volcanic cones, product of the movement of the tectonic plates, formed mountains as high as 3.000 meters. Part of these volcanic cones is what we now know as Rapa Nui, with a triangle shape and an area of 166km. From the ancient volcanos of the island, Rano Raraku and Rana Kau are two of the most visited craters. Poike, which is the oldest volcano is located on the East corner while Terevaka, the highest peak with 507 meters over sea level, is located in the middle of the island.