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Located 8 km (5 miles) away from Hanga Roa, in a privileged location from where to explore Easter Island, Explora Rapa Nui is surrounded by trees, prairies and views of the Pacific Ocean. All our programs include accommodations, transfers to and from the airport, meals, and drinks, and a selection of more than 30 exploration routes designed by our outdoor team.

Our hikes, bicycle explorations and snorkeling and diving activities are the perfect choice to get to know Rapa Nui’s history, culture and landscapes, visiting both the most iconic and off the beaten track sites.

Our routes include hikes and bicycle explorations among archaeological remains, volcanoes, beaches, prairies and cliffs, as well as snorkeling and diving activities in some of the world’s clearest waters.

Rooms at our hotel combine simplicity and comfort to ensure that our travelers get a well-deserved rest after a day of exploration. With views to prairies and the ocean, Explora Rapa Nui rooms are a unique place to leave everyday worries behind and enjoy.
  • Varúa Room
  • Raa Suite

To travel is to spend time, to arrive and to live. Architecture is permanence, freedom and safety. Explora actively introduces travelers to the great scenery of South America, through a well-prepared exploration program. Our base is a hotel built for linking man to temporary space -present and past- and the mysteries of nature.

Our dishes have been designed to enable guests to perform various explorations and still feel light, agile, and healthy. Our dishes are always accompanied by superb Chilean wine. We also carry a menu of Premium wines for those that would like to try other alternatives.

Located inside our complex is a pool area, complemented by a jacuzzi and massage area, perfect for recovering from the wear and tear of a long day of exploration.

The Explorer’s Bar is the meeting place of our guides for planning explorations. Stocked with liquor and Chilean wines, the bar is frequently the meeting point of returning groups at nightfall.

Our store carries all the items necessary for taking explorations, along with local artisanal goods and books of the area.

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Explore Easter Island

Explora Easter Island

5 Day Itinerary
  • Discover the mysteries of Rapa Nui
  • Explore iconic sites
  • Experience unique culture
  • Enjoy adventure sports
Hiking, Horseback Riding, Land Tours, Spa Relaxation, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Easy Active
Tour Details

Excursion Details

Our explorations in Easter Island have cultural aspects, are always led by a local and bilingual guide trained at our Guide School, and take place in groups of maximum of eight travelers in English or Spanish. They include hikes and bike explorations among archaeological remains, volcanoes, beaches, prairies, and cliffs as well as snorkeling and scuba diving explorations where we explore under the world’s most pristine sea waters.

Our travelers have the possibility of choosing different explorations every day.  These explorations have different lengths and difficulty levels. Full-day explorations give us the privilege of having lunch at the seaside or at Anakena beach, just to name a few examples, while those that take half a day to allow us to return to Explora Rapa Nui to choose a second exploration during the afternoon.

Excursion Examples

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.
Difficulty level: Easy
Type: Half day
Duration: 3h
Distance: 5,4 km / 3,4 miles
Max. Altitude: 14 m / 46 ft
Elevation Gain: 55 m / 180 ft
Elevation Loss: -53 m / -173 ft

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.
Difficulty level: Easy
Type: Half-day
Duration: 1h

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.
Difficulty level: Easy
Type: Half-day
Duration: 3h 30 min
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.
Difficulty level: Moderate
Type: Half day
Duration: 4h
Distance: 10,5 km / 6,5 miles
Max. Altitude: 500 m / 1640 ft
Elevation gain: 375 m / 1230 ft
Elevation loss: -389 m / -1276 ft
Snorkeling Birds 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.
Difficulty level: Moderate
Type: Half-day
Duration: 1h 30 min
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.
Difficulty level: Advanced
Type: Half day
Duration: 4h
Distance: 9,2 km / 5,7 miles
Max. Altitude: 301 m / 988 ft
Elevation gain: 675 m / 2215 ft
Elevation loss: -442 m / -1450 ft

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 we 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.
Difficulty level: Advanced
Type: Half-day
Duration: 1h 30 min
The Hills
In this exploration, we’ll see the contrasting landscapes of Easter Island. We first ride up to the Terevaka, enjoy the view and then ride down to Ahu Akivi. Then, we head to Ahu Tepeu, a site with different archaeological remains. We continue to Hanga Roa and ride along the south coastline enjoying a view of the ocean. We return by bike.
Difficulty level: Expert
Type: Full day
Duration: 5h
Distance: 38,7 km / 24 miles
Max. Altitude: 500 m.a.s.l / 1640 f.a.s.l
Elevation gain: 772 m / 2533 ft
Elevation loss: -770 m / -2526 ft


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