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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Anakena tide times & sea state

Thu 16/01 »

Surf report for Thu 16/01
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 7ft 14s  °  ° 16mph
13:00 7ft 14s  °  ° 18mph
19:00 7ft 13s  °  ° 15mph
Tide times
High 1:20am (2.62m)
Low 7:43am (0.47m)
High 2:09pm (2.72m)
Low 8:16pm (0.80m)
Daylight
First light07:12
Sunrise07:37
Sunset21:16
Dark21:41

Fri 17/01 »

Surf report for Fri 17/01
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 8ft 13s  °  ° 17mph
13:00 7ft 19s  °  ° 15mph
19:00 7ft 18s  °  ° 13mph
Tide times
High 2:10am (2.53m)
Low 8:23am (0.43m)
High 2:55pm (2.89m)
Low 9:10pm (0.76m)
Daylight
First light07:12
Sunrise07:38
Sunset21:16
Dark21:41

Sat 18/01 »

Surf report for Sat 18/01
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 7ft 17s  °  ° 12mph
13:00 8ft 16s  °  ° 13mph
19:00 8ft 16s  °  ° 10mph
Tide times
High 2:56am (2.42m)
Low 9:03am (0.44m)
High 3:39pm (3.00m)
Low 10:02pm (0.76m)
Daylight
First light07:13
Sunrise07:39
Sunset21:15
Dark21:41

Sun 19/01 »

Surf report for Sun 19/01
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 8ft 15s  °  ° 9mph
13:00 7ft 14s  °  ° 12mph
19:00 7ft 14s  °  ° 11mph
Tide times
High 3:41am (2.29m)
Low 9:41am (0.48m)
High 4:22pm (3.04m)
Low 10:52pm (0.81m)
Daylight
First light07:14
Sunrise07:40
Sunset21:15
Dark21:41

Mon 20/01 »

Surf report for Mon 20/01
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 6ft 13s  °  ° 10mph
13:00 6ft 13s  °  ° 8mph
19:00 6ft 13s  °  ° 10mph
Tide times
High 4:24am (2.15m)
Low 10:18am (0.55m)
High 5:06pm (3.01m)
Low 11:42pm (0.88m)
Daylight
First light07:15
Sunrise07:40
Sunset21:15
Dark21:40

Tue 21/01 »

Surf report for Tue 21/01
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 6ft 12s  °  ° 7mph
13:00 6ft 15s  °  ° 8mph
19:00 6ft 15s  °  ° 6mph
Tide times
High 5:08am (2.01m)
Low 10:56am (0.66m)
High 5:50pm (2.94m)
Daylight
First light07:16
Sunrise07:41
Sunset21:15
Dark21:40

Today's weather

Fair

25 °C
(77 °F)

Moderate breeze, 22 km/h from E

Sea temperature

23.9°C / 75.1°F

Rating

Average: 5 (1 vote)

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