Visiting Easter Island (Boat-Based)

Sailing To Anakena (continued)

Marcie and David on the bow with Nine of Cups anchored in Anakena cove. You can just make out Ahu Nau Nau ashore, above the sandy beach.

A closer view of Ahu Nau Nau.   The day we arrived, the sky was beautiful, which enhanced the already spectacular scenery.

As we approached Anakena, we couldn't believe what a beautiful anchorage it was; the scenery was first-class without any demerits or eyesores. There was a beautiful white sandy beach fringed with lush green palm trees. The sandy beach was small, and to either side the shoreline continued as rough eroded lava flows backed by volcanic cinder cones rising up from the water. The flanks of the hills were covered with rich green grass but very few trees, and several horses were grazing. Front and center along the shoreline we could see a large well-constructed ahu with several imposing moai on top, some with red stone topknots.

The terrain gave the impression of wide open spaces although the island itself is so small it's hard for there to be vast open spaces. The dearth of trees made it easy to see all around, and the lack of trees in the distance made it hard to estimate distance since there was nothing of known size to judge the scale.

All the time, we could hear the dull background roar of surf crashing into the rocky basaltic shoreline. The water in the cove was crystal clear with a hint of pale blue, and when the sun was overhead we could clearly see the rocks and sand at the bottom where we anchored, which created interesting patterns of light and dark. At night, the Milky Way was spectacular and bright, arching overhead from horizon to horizon. We even saw the comet as it was passing near a beautiful star cluster.

We're all pleased as punch with how nice the area is, and the best part is that we'll have it all to ourselves—there's no one else in the anchorage and most tourists visit only briefly on day trips. Unlike Hanga Roa, there is no town here at all, just a couple of rude shacks in a remote, deserted area.

Looking to the left at the eastern shore of Anakena cove.   Looking to the right at the western shore of Anakena cove. You can see horses grazing ashore.

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