Hanga Roa & transport, Easter Island
Rapa Nui ‘s capital is Hanga Roa. The main street is pictured.
Easter Island’s main population centre, Hanga Roa, is no more than a village with scattered and varied accommodation, a few shops, vehicle rentals and some good though expensive restaurants.
Locals are mostly relaxed and friendly and some moai lurk nearby, though a set of wheels is a great asset as the best examples of island statutary and the best beaches are half an hour away by car or motorcycle. Or there are plenty of horses around if you have a tough butt. . .
Locals rowing and surfing off Hanga Roa’s stony beach.
Easter Island Transport
Ana Te Pahu cave
There are a few caves and/or depressions in the volcanic strata where locals sheltered during storms, warfare, or grew fruit and vegetables protected from the fierce deforested winds. This one, near Ahu Akivi (a 7 moai platform and the only one looking reasonably out to sea, tho’ hard to get to and not exactly a must-see) is one of the biggest caves on Easter island.