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Ahu Nau Nau, Easter Island

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One of the most important moai archeological sites on Easter Island, Ahu Nau Nau boasts seven ancient statues restored to their former glory in 1980 by Sergio Rapu. Located on the golden sand of Anakena Beach, these monoliths have enjoyed better preservation than most over time, as sand accumulated by wind kept them partly buried for a long time. Survey the red coral topknots perfectly placed on the heads of the four larger statues. Head behind the moai to observe some ancient petroglyphs representing the legendary lizard man, a figure of folklore among Easter Island inhabitants. Plan to see Ahu Nau Nau and other attractions that appeal to you using our Hanga Roa vacation route planner.
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Where to stay in Hanga Roa

The main urban area on the island, Hanga Roa houses the vast majority of Easter Island's accommodations. While the number of choices remains pretty limited considering the island's popularity, the range of lodgings suits a variety of travelers, from budget-conscious backpackers to those seeking luxury. Relaxed guesthouses and hostels provide decent rooms to get your head down for the night after a long day's exploration. Eco-lodges and more exclusive hotels tend to be positioned outside of the main urban area, providing airport pick-up services, ocean views, and swimming pools.
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  • The Moai on this Ahu were not the largest that I saw on Easter Island, but their features were among the best preserved. In addition, four of the Moai are wearing the pukao (headwear). This site is lo...  more »
  • Aside from Ahu Tongariki I think this is the most picturesque of all the platforms on the island and that is saying something. The combination of the statues along with the beach background is basical...  more »
  • This is the place where you would see the most # of moabs with top knots. It's right next to a beach. But I found it hard to take good pictures with lights because of its direction.  more »
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  • A lovely little beach with a great set of mauais
  • The beach was welcoming after touring the island all day.
  • It's bad, it's came from devil.
  • It's so mysterious I want to explore
  • Wish to be here