Top things to do

Top Choice Area in Southwest Circuit

Orongo Ceremonial Village

Nearly covered in a bog of floating totora reeds, the crater lake of Rano Kau resembles a giant witch's cauldron and is a wild greenhouse of endemic biodiversity. Perched 300m above, on the edge of the crater wall o…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Northeast Circuit

Rano Raraku

Known as 'the nursery,' the volcano of Rano Raraku, about 18km from Hanga Roa, is the quarry for the hard tuff from which the moai were cut. You'll feel as though you're stepping back into early Polynesian times, wa…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Northeast Circuit

Ahu Tongariki

The monumental Ahu Tongariki has plenty to set your camera's flash popping. With 15 imposing statues, it is the largest ahu ever built. The statues gaze over a large, level village site, with ruined remnants scatter…
Top Choice Beach in Northeast Circuit

Anakena

Beach bums in search of a place to wallow will love this postcard-perfect, white-sand beach. It also forms a lovely backdrop for Ahu Nau Nau, which comprises seven moai, some with topknots. On a rise south of the be…
Top Choice Traditional Dance in Hanga Roa

Kari Kari

This elaborately costumed and talented group performs island legends through song and dance at a venue off the main street. With 15 different programs, you can attend several times and never see the same show. As th…
Top Choice Cafe in Hanga Roa

Polynesian Coffee & Tea

Detox juices, fruit smoothies, infusion teas and hot (or iced) coffees make this beachy Hawaiian-themed cafe on the main drag a highly recommended morning hangout. Healthy breakfasts (including açaí bowls and yogurt…
Top Choice Seafood in Hanga Roa

La Kaleta

Santiago's El Mercurio newspaper crowned La Kaleta the best regional restaurant in Chile in 2016 and the seafront tables have been packed with vacationing Chileans ever since. The menu changes with the season to ref…
Top Choice Seafood in Hanga Roa

Te Moai Sunset

Make this chic new restaurant your go-to spot in the late afternoon when the moai of Tahai are silhouetted against the setting sun just below your table. Dine alfresco on the hanging wicker chairs or next to one of …
Top Choice Chilean in Hanga Roa

Te Moana

One of the most reliable options in Hanga Roa, this buzzy restaurant boasts a spiffing location, with an atmospheric veranda opening onto the ocean. It's renowned for its tasty meat and fish dishes. The Polynesian d…
Top Choice Chilean in Hanga Roa

Haka Honu

Fish dishes, steaks, homemade pasta, burgers and salads round out the menu at this well-regarded eatery blessed with unsurpassable ocean views. The grilled fish with papaya chutney is particularly flavorsome.