Ahu Tongariki - the largest ahu on Easter Island.
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Top choice in Rapa Nui (Easter Island)

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 beach stands Ahu Ature Huki and its lone moai, which was re-erected by Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl with the help of a dozen islanders in 1956.

Facilities include public toilets as well as food and souvenir stalls.

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