Another activity offered on Easter Island is to go on boats rides, which enables you to appreciate the island from a different perspective.
The most popular ride is the one that goes to the southwest coast, opposite the Rano Kau volcano, and gets the visitors closer to Motu Nui, Motu Iti and Motu Kao Kao. These motus were once the stage for the Birdman Competition, which decided who would rule the island every year.
Climbing down the motus is forbidden, because there are still birds who nest there and they are protected. However, this tour combines with the possibility of snorkeling in this calm area of the sea where there’s greater water visibility (up to 60 meters).
The Orca Diving Center also offers a tour of the north coast, which offers you seaside views of Ahu Maitaki Te Moa, Vai Mata and the Hanga Omohi and Hanga Oteo bays.
The glass bottom boat “Meherio Rapa Nui”, has departure from Hanga Piko every day but travel can be suspended if the weather conditions or the sea are not favorable. The boat ride is for 1 hour and a half, from the coast to the motus (islets) located opposite the Rano Kau volcano. Read more…
We leave by boat from Hanga Piko and headed to the area of the caves formed centuries ago by volcanic eruptions and served as a refuge and shelter for our ancestors, then we’ll see the Mataveri area from the sea, to go after, around the islets or motus. Read more…