Ahu Akivi
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Sachin K
New York City, NY6,507 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
This Ahu(platform) is the only one facing the Pacific ocean. It is a particularly sacred place which has seven moais, all of more or less equal shapes and sizes, and is also known as a celestial observatory that was set up around the 16th century. The site is located inland, rather than along the coast. Moai statues were considered by the early people of Easter Island as their ancestors that were believed to be the reincarnation of important kings or leaders of their clans. The Moais were erected to protect and bring prosperity to their clan and village. The reason for these Moais to face the ocean is believed to offer direct views for the farmers doing farming in the fields between the Ahu and the ocean, during those times. Certainly would very highly recommend visiting this place to any traveler.
Written 22 November 2020
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deborahk3
Maidstone, UK1,822 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
Ahu Akivi is a particularly sacred site on Easter Island. It is the only place on the Island where the heads face out towards the sea. There are seven heads, all of equal shape and size. This site is located inland rather along the coast. They are thought to originate from the 15th century and were restored in the early 60's. A particular feature of the site, is that the statues exactly face the sunset during the Spring Equinox and their backs face the sunrise during the autumn Equinox; how impressive is that? It is not thought that such an astronomical precise feature can be found anywhere else on the Island. Once again we were taken here on our tour and it is definitely not a site to be missed.
Written 27 April 2020
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Stella R.
Brasilia, DF26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I really missed having a guide to tell us more about the seven Moai that are erected there. This is an unmissable site at Rapa Nui Island, because the Moai there are the only ones put up facing the ocean - because they represent young explorers who came from the sea looking at their home. It's said that during the Spring Equinox, they all face directly the sun at the sunset. The moods there are of mystery and awe. Such a special place!
Written 14 February 2020
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bukagirl
New Jersey4,183 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
The 7 restored moai are inland facing the Pacific ocean. The Moais were erected to protect and bring prosperity to their clan and village.
A must see and on site is the start of the trail to the highest point on the island.
Written 2 January 2020
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Katrien S
Ghent, Belgium1,949 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is one of the first sites were moai's were re-erected on a reconstructed ahu, after an initial archaeological survey of the site. Because at the time the site was surrounded by cornfields, and the archaeologists were afraid of runoff, they build a small dike around the site. Now some guides seem to think that this was part of the original site. There are 7 moai on the ahu, all rather similar, although there is a clear difference in size, with the one in the middle the tallest. This is the site furthest from the ocean, and the village lay between the moais and the ocean, instead of more inland.
Written 24 February 2020
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Ali921
Edinburgh, UK1,475 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Unique because they are the only platform moai facing the sea. Ahu Akivi is a particular sacred place on Rapa Nui, looking out towards the Pacific Ocean. The site has seven moai, all of equal shape and size, and is also known as a celestial observatory that was set up around the 16th century. The site is located inland, rather than along the coast
Written 30 January 2024
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rudyboomer
Wadsworth, IL119 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
Most of the moai are located near the coast, but Ahu Akivi is inland and feature 8 nearly identical statues .By the time you get here, you'll be tired of taking moai pictures, but take some anyway. You'll be glad when you get home.
Written 3 September 2019
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catsholiday
Nottingham, UK262 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Couples
These statues were the first set to be restored back in 1960. They appear to have been set up facing the sea, unlike all the other Moais but they in actual fact do face the village that was below between the statues and the sea.

One theory is that these seven represented the seven young explorers who were sent to discover whether the island was suitable for colonising but in fact our guide said this was just a story that has grown up and they represent the seven leaders of the tribe that lived there.

An impressive site especially if you can get there before hoards of other tourists.

be warned there are no toilets but you will find local people selling their crafts are high prices. There is no specific fee for this as it is part of the entire Nationa Park so covered by the ticket bought for the entire island.
Written 30 May 2013
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Rob O
Fairbanks, AK36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Family
Ahu Akivi has some impressive Moai and the area has been restored nicely and it is kept in good order. Make sure to walk behind the Ahu as well. This is one of the few sites that are not along the coast. It can be a little quieter here and not as busy. One interesting tidbit about Ahu Akivi is that the Moai face the setting sun on the summer and autumn equinox.
Written 4 April 2013
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lf174
London, UK82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
We got here at closing time but you only need 10 mins. The nearby caves are amazing too. But if a trek but worth it and they let you in after official closing time
Written 4 November 2019
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