Anakena

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Anakena beach statues, Easter Island
Photo: © Jesse Kraft
Anakena beach
Photo: © LuxoDresden / CC BY
Anakena beach, Easter Island
Photo: © Claire Provost / CC BY

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It's not often you get to mix up a day at the beach with a viewing of some of the world's most iconic archaeological monuments, but this is exactly what you get at Anakena beach on Easter Island. Anakena is home to a set of moai; these are the huge carved stone figureheads that Easter Island is famous for. The Ahu Nao-Nao stones at Anakena are a set of 7 such statues located right by the beach. I would have said overlooking, but they actually face inland. It is rare for any of these moai to have been set facing out to sea.
Anakena has further historical significance in that it is believed to have been where Hotu Matua, the first settler of the islands, disembarked. It is said that one of the many caves along the beach was this king’s home.

The beach at Anakena is composed of white coral sand and is one of only two sandy beaches on Easter Island. This pacific beach is fringed with palm trees and is almost as deep as it is wide.
The coconut palm trees at Anakena were actually reintroduced from Tahiti as virtually all the trees on the island were cut down to make and transport the Moai. The story of Easter Island and how the islanders virtually made themselves extinct is one of history's greatest ironies and forms the storyline to the movie 1994 Rapa Nui.

There are plenty of facilities at Anakena.These include a car park, changing rooms, toilets and a picnic are amongst the palm trees - just remember to keep an ear open for the sound of falling coconuts!

Anakena Weather Info

5 Day Anakena UV Index

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Average Water Temp

Anakena tide times & sea state

Thu 17/10 »

Surf report for Thu 17/10
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 8ft 15s  °  ° 13mph
13:00 7ft 14s  °  ° 14mph
19:00 7ft 14s  °  ° 15mph
Tide times
Low 6:27am (0.64m)
High 12:22pm (1.69m)
Low 5:44pm (0.86m)
Daylight
First light07:15
Sunrise07:39
Sunset20:25
Dark20:49

Fri 18/10 »

Surf report for Fri 18/10
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 5ft 13s  °  ° 11mph
13:00 5ft 14s  °  ° 12mph
19:00 5ft 13s  °  ° 15mph
Tide times
High 12:14am (2.40m)
Low 7:00am (0.52m)
High 12:52pm (1.78m)
Low 6:20pm (0.73m)
Daylight
First light07:14
Sunrise07:38
Sunset20:26
Dark20:50

Sat 19/10 »

Surf report for Sat 19/10
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 5ft 13s  °  ° 17mph
Tide times
High 12:48am (2.55m)
Low 7:29am (0.41m)
High 1:21pm (1.87m)
Low 6:55pm (0.60m)
Daylight
First light07:13
Sunrise07:37
Sunset20:27
Dark20:50

Sun 20/10 »

Surf report for Sun 20/10
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
13:00 9ft 11s  °  ° 17mph
Tide times
High 1:22am (2.67m)
Low 7:59am (0.34m)
High 1:51pm (1.98m)
Low 7:31pm (0.48m)
Daylight
First light07:12
Sunrise07:36
Sunset20:27
Dark20:51

Mon 21/10 »

Surf report for Mon 21/10
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
10:00 9ft 13s  °  ° 11mph
Tide times
High 1:56am (2.73m)
Low 8:29am (0.28m)
High 2:24pm (2.09m)
Low 8:10pm (0.40m)
Daylight
First light07:11
Sunrise07:35
Sunset20:28
Dark20:52

Tue 22/10 »

Surf report for Tue 22/10
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
10:00 7ft 12s  °  ° 13mph
19:00 7ft 14s  °  ° 12mph
Tide times
High 2:33am (2.74m)
Low 9:02am (0.26m)
High 3:00pm (2.19m)
Low 8:52pm (0.37m)
Daylight
First light07:10
Sunrise07:34
Sunset20:28
Dark20:52

Today's weather

Heavy rain

21 °C
(69 °F)

Fresh breeze, 28.8 km/h from WNW

Sea temperature

20.4°C / 68.8°F

Rating

Average: 5 (1 vote)

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