Ahu Tongariki
Ahu Tongariki
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8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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Friday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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15 Of The Island's Famous Moai Statues Stand Here In A Military Lineup Upon A Flat Rock Platform.
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LookingForFamilyFun
Houston, TX1,695 contributions
We visited this site twice. Once with our guide in the afternoon and the second time at sunrise. You can see these 15 moai from the quarry and it's a picturesque site even without the moai there, but it is interesting to see so many in one location. There are a lot of carvings on rocks in the area between the ocean and the road as well, so be careful where you step and do go back to the platform near the fence and take a look at some of the more obvious rock carvings, they are quite unique and interesting! It's also nice to be able to easily walk all the way around these moai and see the back as well.

Sunrise is crowded, the best location is near the fence and the platform, then move closer to the statues as the sun rises. Do give yourself plenty of time to get there...no good maps, no GPS, although there's only a couple of roads here, you can get 'lost' enough to not make it on time, so allow some extra minutes for that. Parking isn't too bad as you can use the lot or along the road. Our sunrise was a little cloudy, so definitely not spectacular, we felt sunsets were a little more reliable & on our side of the island so easier to see...plus then you could stay up for the stars. So, honestly, we'd pass on the early morning on this one next time!
Written January 26, 2020
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fieryblush
New York City, NY63 contributions
Do Not leave Easter Island without visiting this iconic location. This is the place that you see all over the world when referring to Easter Island. If you did not go here and Rano Raraku, you did not go to Easter Island, so you better take as many pictures in these two locations as possible!!! If you have extra time... getting here again in the early morning while it's still dark and watching the light of dawn shine between the statues in this location is an experience in itself, especially since it is known that the light of day first shines on Easter Island before the rest of the wold.
Written February 16, 2020
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deborahk3
Maidstone, UK1,789 contributions
Ahu Tongariki is the largest stone platform (ahu) on the island. The moais were toppled during the islands civil wars and in more recent times, the ahu was swept inland by a tsunami. It has since been restored and has 15 moai, including one that weighs in excess of eighty tonnes; the heaviest on Easter Island. All of the moai here face sunset during the summer solstice and they really are a sight to behold. This really is a most spectacular sight and a must on any visit to this beautiful and intriguing island.
Written May 22, 2020
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JoniA1
Carpinteria, CA181 contributions
One of the most beautiful experiences of my life was watching the sunrise behind the moai 🗿 in Tongariki! It is just spectacular! Tongariki itself is an amazing burial site for them so it is very sacred. If you turn around and look inland, you will see Rano Raraku where all the moai were carved before being moved.
The sunrise from here is truly breathtaking and something you should not pass up!
Written March 22, 2020
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ruthandvern
Wilton, CA14,901 contributions
18 Mar 2020 pre-evacuation: We were mesmerized by the magnitude of this site. As everyone notes, 15 Huge Moai figures facing West. The location has ample space and artifacts to keep you actively interested for an hour or more.
Written February 10, 2021
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Dirk W
Antwerp, Belgium181 contributions
The Tongariki site is the place on Easter Island that everyone has seen on a photo before, because here are no fewer than 15 gigantic Moai statues neatly lined up. Very impressive and extremely photogenic. Top location!
Written September 22, 2020
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adrian m
Harrogate, UK142 contributions
Ahu Tongariki a platform and stand of 15 Moai is one of those images in books that defy comprehension. In real life they are mind-blowing. Trying to appreciate how these massive stone statues could carved and then moved around the island is nothing short of amazing. You have to see them to appreciate just what was achieved by the natives - All the photos seen over the years do not do them justice.
Written March 25, 2020
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Bill M
Springfield, MO308 contributions
You’ve seen brochures and travel shows showing this ahu. But they don’t do justice to seeing them in person. The location, grand size and sheer wonder of how they were constructed gives one chills even on a rainy blustery day.
Written February 2, 2020
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Sachin K
New York City, NY5,842 contributions
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Ahu Tongariki is located at the Northeastern part of Rapa Nui(Easter Island). It is the largest platform on Rapa Nui. It’s Moais(large statues) were toppled during the island's civil wars, and in the twentieth century the platform was swept inland by a tsunami. It has since been restored and has fifteen moais, including one that weighs eighty-six tonnes, the heaviest ever erected on the island. It is a great place to watch the sunrise. Photos do not do any justice to the magnanimity of the place. Certainly a must visit place for any tourist when in Rapa Nui.
Written February 29, 2020
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WImom
Fond du Lac, WI2,339 contributions
Don't miss this gem! This is the iconic site of Easter Island that is often shown in photos. It depicts how the ancient people were part of a megalithic culture. It is the largest reconstructed site on the island and also the largest reconstructed temple in all of Polynesia. This site has 15 moai that were restored in the 1980s after a huge tsunami came ashore in 1960 and tossed 80 ton moai as far as 1500 feet inland. This site is near the Rano Raraku Volcano. Best lighting is sunrise or mid/ate afternoon.
Written April 14, 2020
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