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Located on Anakena beach, the Ahu is not only popular for its location but also due to the fact that four out of five standing moai have their topknots resting precariously on their heads. And it is the only Moai that is by the beach.
This is another site where the access barrier has been moved well beyond what any rational concern for relic preservation could justify. Might as well take a snapshot with your phone, because you can't really capture the majesty of these statues from that distance.
A line of seven restored Maoi's on their plinth, some complete with topknots, looking out over the white sands to the Pacific Ocean. A lot of Archaeological works have been carried out at this site, including work by Thor Heyerdahl.
Before visiting the island it...More
Visiting Anakena Beach you find Ahu Nau Nau just behind the beach. The Moai were preserved in the sand so Details are great. Most have their Topknots. These were restored in 1978. Off to the around this area you have Palm trees, that were introduced...More
One of the best preserved ahu on Easter Island, with four moais in really good condition. Preserved and restored by a number of archaeologists, among who is the great 'Thor Heyerdahl', whose exploits originally developed my love of historical travels.
And of course, behind Ahu...More
This ahu is located at Anakena Beach. It was one of the best preserved which made it the first to be fully restored. That is largely because it was buried in the sand. The carvings on the back of the moai are still in pretty...More