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Rano Kau

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Rano Kau

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Learn about how ancient Polynesians used the night sky to navigate as you gaze upon the night sky with this evening stargazing experience. You'll start by attending a presentation on Polynesian history and astronomy before venturing to an observation site. Here you'll get to check out stars and planets through telescopes and with the naked eye before a quick visit to Anakena Beach to do some night photography before returning to your hotel.
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Sachin K wrote a review Nov. 2020
Plainview, New York5,761 contributions16,680 helpful votes
Rano Kau, also known as Rano Kao, is the largest volcano and one of the most beautiful and impressive natural settings that can be admired on Easter Island. Easily accessible by foot while visiting Orongo, it offers some spectacular views. Plenty of opportunities for taking pictures of several scenic spots. Certainly would very highly recommend visiting this place to any traveler.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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adcdiving wrote a review Sep. 2020
Antwerp, Belgium152 contributions65 helpful votes
The most southern point of the island, where the crater of the Ranau Kau volcano can be admired. Unfortunately today there is a lot of thick and low clouds so that we can only see a part of the crater in the fog. The Orongo site with the petroglyph of the 'bird man' is also closed due to bad weather. What a disappointment! Fortunately, in the afternoon we were able to admire the volcano after the fog cleared. Much to our displeasure, the entrance for the birdman remained closed.
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Date of experience: March 2020
deborahk3 wrote a review Apr. 2020
Maidstone, United Kingdom1,774 contributions397 helpful votes
Rano Kau is an extinct volcano at over 1,000 ft high on the south western headland on Easter Island. The crater is now filled with water and is one of only three natural bodies of water on the Island. It is an area of natural beauty and is in the world heritage site of Rapa Nui National Park. As you stand on the craters edge, there are marvelous views out to the ocean. As well as basalt rock, it contains several other igneous rocks, including obsidian, a major source for the Islands stone works. We came here on our Green Island tour and appreciated the historical background our tour leader gave. Although it doesn't look it, the crater is almost a mile across and has its own micro climate. Its well worth a visit when touring Easter Island.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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WImom wrote a review Apr. 2020
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin2,339 contributions391 helpful votes
This is Rapa Nui's largest volcanic crater and the island's most impressive natural wonder. The triangular appearance is the result of three main volcanic centers and 70 secondary volcanic cones. Rano Kau was the second of the three main volcanoes to erupt about 2.5 million years ago. It has a height of 1020 feet and a huge crater of approximately one mile in diameter and a fresh water lagoon of 33 feet in depth. Inside the crater grows grapes, bananas and totora, a reed used extensively for houses, boats and other uses. The best light is late morning or mid/late afternoon.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Hamish wrote a review Mar. 2020
Heidelberg, Australia71 contributions11 helpful votes
This is one of my favourite things that i got to do. A relatively easy and quick walk up the volcano gives you 360 degree views of the island as well as a view of the incredible and preserved crater. This is the last untouchable habitat on the island. The crater has water and flora and fauna that is safe from outswide influence
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Date of experience: April 2019