After extensive research into EI accommodation options I chose to stay at Tekerera for three of five nights, only moving to another place because I booked it first (and in hindsight I would have happily stayed at Tekerera for the whole trip). Tekarera is outstanding in every way that mattered to me. I've done a fair amount of travel and, considering the challenges of EI itself (eg water isn't always reliably hot, wifi not consistent but you should be exploring anyway :) so who cares about that etc), it is comparatively excellent to experiences I've had elsewhere!
The room (and maybe more importantly the bed) was so comfortable, clean and fairly newish with just the right amount of space and a lovely bathroom. It had everything I needed for a great and relaxing stay. Big tick.
The surrounds are relaxing and delightfully low key with views out to the sea and, otherwise, to the lovely gardens. It's just on the edge of the main hub so you can enjoy peace and quiet pretty much whenever you want it. (I had the feeling that in the centre of town, some nights would be fairly noisy until late evening.) The breakfast was generous and the verandah spaces large enough that you can keep to yourself or mingle with other guests/adventurers. Big tick.
Paul is an impeccable host in every regard. His knowledge of the island is unparalleled and even if you don't book a tour with him he is still generous with his tips and insight. He has a few 4WDs for hire right there so offers a convenient experience but with the added quality of someone that knows the island like the back of his hand (including places many others aren't as familiar with). He generously drove me to where I wanted to dine a couple of times too so, while it's not part of the price, he goes above and beyond whenever he can. Massive tick.
The location is great. I remember researching it and getting a bit stuck with the distance-to-town comments (eg places that are 'in town' vs 10min walk vs 20mins strolling etc). I stayed on the island for four and a half days. For two days I had a tour guide and, therefore, their car. For one day I caught a taxi that didn't return to collect me as agreed, hours later, so walked for hours as part of my adventure. And so, for the last full day, I hired a jeep, which was an epic way to end my stay. My point, if you want to do EI well, you'll probably find that one way or another you'll need a car anyway. I personally wouldn't prioritise being in the dead centre of town as much as things like the accommodation quality and host/s. Also, Tekarera is a very short walk from one of the key sites, the museum, and still a lovely stroll into town if you like to walk. So, another big tick.
Paul's tour is second-to-none. His knowledge is superb and he showed me places that rarely make it on other tour schedules. He takes it at your pace and is completely accommodating of your whole experience. I had a tour with another guide the day prior and Paul thoroughly tailored my day with him to suit. I told him he should charge much more because his tour is extraordinarily good value for money. Another massive tick.
I could go on! And for all of this, the prices Paul charges give you outstanding value for money - it really is exceptional. I cannot fault my Tekarera experience. If I returned, I'd have every expectation of staying there again.
I can highly highly (yes, twice) recommend Tekarera and Paul's tours. EI is the kind of place you will probably only do once so, if you're like me and want to do it well with no regrets, Tekarera and Paul are rock solid options if you like high quality accommodation suited to the environment you're staying in.
Enjoy EI if you do go! And please consider hiring a vehicle for a while too - driving around that amazing and near magical place with the perfect blues of the ocean lapping away and with these iconic sites surrounding you is something you'll never forget and having a vehicle gives you that extra freedom to carve out your own adventure.
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- Also Known As:
- Tekarera Kainga Ora & Kainga Nui Easter Island/Hanga Roa