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Ana Kai Tangata, Hanga Roa

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White-capped waves crash against the rocky shoreline near Ana Kai Tangata, concealing this hidden cave area. The cave is accessible at low and high tide and affords magnificent views of the coastline. A brief climb down the steps brings visitors to the cave's entrance, and further exploration reveals red and white drawings of birds on the rocky surface. The drawings were done with natural pigments and animal fat, but the cave's humidity has greatly hindered their preservation. The cave is believed to have been a meeting place for athletes taking part in the swimming competitions of the local Birdman cult. Use our Hanga Roa itinerary builder to add Ana Kai Tangata and other attractions to your Hanga Roa vacation plans.
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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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  • We really liked this visit. Not as spectacular as some of the attractions, but this was a little gem with a very colorful coastal cliff view in the distance, beautiful breaking waves, lava tubes and r...  more »
  • My wife and I visited this cave during our time on Rapa Nui. The steps going down to the cave and coming up from the cave are steep and a bit rocky. Just take your time and it is well worth a visit. T...  more »
  • My only regret is that I didn't time a visit to watch the sunset from the cliff top. I visited here twice - once alone by bicycle (within easy reach of town) and again as part of a guided tour. The ce...  more »