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Easter Island Travel Guide

Horse at Ahu Tahai
A horse grazing at Ahu Tahai.
Riding is a popular activity for visitors.

Sports and Recreation

The scuba diving off Easter Island is not for beginners as one must dive in the open sea and the water is cool (Nov.-April is warmest). On the plus side are the unique caves, walls, corals, and fish.

The Orca Diving Center, opposite the small boat harbor at Caleta Hanga Roa, is run by Michel García, a noted underwater photographer who arrived here in 1979 and his brother Henri. Certification is mandatory; otherwise take an introductory lesson. A two-hour snorkeling trip to Motu Nui is offered, as well as a three-hour boat trip to the north coast. Orca also rents ocean kayaks, surfboards, and bodyboards.

Mike Rapu Diving, right next to Orca Diving on Caleta Hanga Roa, also does scuba diving including night dives. The boat trip to the motu is offered every Thursday at 0930.

Varua Vaikava runs yacht tours to the motu and around the island on the sailboat Varua Vaikava II.

Surfers will find a couple of consistent waves adjacent to town, such as the rights at Caleta Hanga Roa and Ahu Tahai and the left at Hanga Mataveri Otai. On the south side of the island, a powerful right plows into the lava at Hanga Poukura. Some of the highest walls are a couple of kilometers east at Cabo Koe Koe near Ahu Vaihu. Summer is the best season on the north coast, winter on the south (especially March-September).

Horseback riding is fun and reasonably priced. Anakena is too far to go by horse and return in a day anyway, so look upon riding more as a change of pace than as a way of getting around. The area north of Hanga Roa is ideal to explore by horse.