A Virtual Walk to Anakena – The Sandy Gem of Easter Island


Category: Chile News

Author: ilovechile

Date: 15.12.2019

A Virtual Walk to Anakena – The Sandy Gem of Easter Island

Category: Travel in Chile

Author: ilovechile

Date: 15.12.2019

If you remember, we’ve recently shared with you the beautiful story of Rapa Nui, better known as Easter Island.

Today, we kindly invite you to another (virtual) tour to this surreal place. The reason is its peaceful, white coral sand beach, called Anakena.

What’s so great about Anakena?

Let’s start from the very beginning – why Anakena is voted 16 out of 25 in the ranking for the world’s best beaches (by TripAdvisor)?

Here are three solid reasons (we’re pretty sure you’ll be able to find more by yourself):

The heavenly landscape

Contrary to the rest of the Rapa Nui coastline which is nothing but rocky and lacks vegetation, Anakena beach, with its fine, coral sand and palm trees, is like a piece of Heaven.

The beach keepers

Let’s not forget the gigantic, ancient moai statues standing in the sand, reminding us of the remarkable human achievements that took place in this historical spot.

Rich in outdoor activities

The truth is there is no chance to get bored in the area around Anakena beach.

From hiking to scuba diving, it is rich in cool outdoor activities. Some of the other things you can do there are swimming, horseback ridings, sport fishing, and landscape photography.

What is the weather like?

Due to its location in the Pacific, Rapa Nui has a subtropical maritime climate which makes Anakena beach the supreme destination for all year round.

The temperature doesn’t change drastically. The average maximum temperature is 22 ºC and the minimum is 17 ºC in October.

Moreover, the island brags with sufficient rain annually (around 1 126 millimeters), peaking in May and decreasing at the end of September.

Why Anakena is so important historically?

Because, according to the locals, the beach is the place where the primary inhabitants of the island landed (between 700 and 1100 AD). This was the Polynesian exhibition led by Hotu Matu’a, the first king of the Eastern island.

In fact, “Anakena” is the name of a cave very near the place where King Matu’a lived when he first came to Rapa Nui. The true name of this magnificent beach is “Hanga Morie Roa.”

What’s the predominant flora and fauna?

While visiting Anakena beach, you will see mostly tall palm trees that enhance the peaceful landscape.

Otherwise, the rest of the Eastern island’s flora is not very rich. Most of the area is covered with dry grass.

As for the animal world on the island, it is also quite poor. All present species are brought from other parts of the world.

What are the best hotels near Anakena Beach?

The hotels and guest houses in this part of the island are not so many! Their prices vary from 50 EUR to 700 EUR, depends on the season.

The cozy eco-lodges, such as Green Island Cabins and Rangi Moana, are the most popular type of accommodation for couples and families with small kids.

 

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