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Dive sites

Dive sites

In Easter Island we count with multiple dive sites where you can appreciate the transparency of our waters, which can reach over 70mts (210 ft) in some cases. It’s possible to dive around the whole island, but we usually do it near the west coast where most of our dive sites are located. Most of the dive sites are underwater coral gardens with amazing coral formations. As a result of Easter Island’s volcanic origin it is easy to find caverns, caves, arches and tunnels.





HANGA ROA BAY

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Underwater Moai

This is the most visited dive site of the island and it is located 5 minutes away from Hanga Roa o Tai bay. It’s considered an easy dive where we reach a maximum depth of 21-23mts (where the Moai is located) and an average depth of 15-18mts. Besides the moai here we will find two anchors from the XIX century and beautiful coral formations.


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Papa Haoa

A dive between 8-18mts over a huge block covered with corals. Here you will find a large variety of reef fishes of different colors (most of them are endemic) and, sometimes, green turtles.


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Mana Vai

Once called “Turtles” because of all the turtles sightings, is one of the most visited sites. With a maximum depth of 17mts, here you can find a coral tunnel similar to a volcano’s crater, and huge tunnels surrounded by enormous coral walls.


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Vai a Heva

With a maximum depth of 10mts, this is the dive site we most visit to do the discover scuba diving experience. Is an easy dive, with a bautiful landscape that combines sand and coral pinnacles, and where sometimes of the year we can see a natural size Vai a Heva (an ancient recipient with a face shape that Rapa nui people used to collect rain water)


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The Cliff

Is the deepest dive site inside the bay. Located in the south point of the bay, is considered one of the most breathtaking underwater landscapes. Here you will find a long and large underwater cliff covered totally in corals which drops to 33 mts, where is the first of three tunnel.






Out of Bahía (south)




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The Motus

Located in the southwest part of the island, this three islets are where the birdman competition took place. They are also famous because of the amazing visibility the waters can reach here, over 70mts (210 ft), when the weather conditions allow it.


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Motu Kau Kau

Is a huge rock with 45 meters high (135 feet), and 55 meters deep (165 ft). For this dive we go straight down to 35-40mts deep and then we spiral up around the motu. Here you can see bigger fish species such as Tunas and Toremos and a unique school of Nanues and Nanue Paras, an endemic fish. Only for experienced divers.


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Motu Nui/Iti

These two islets are very close to each other. When we dive here, we usually start in one and we finish in the other one. The bottom is at 80mts and sometimes we are able to see it from the surface. Only for experienced divers, given that the visibility is so clear, is very easy to get confuse about the depth. We can see big and small fish and beautiful corals. It is considered a must do, without a doubt one of the best dives in Rapa Nui.


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Mataver

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Out of Bahía (north)




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The Cathedral (La Catedral)

Another one of the favorites dive sites. Its principal attraction is a huge cavern with many windows and tunnels to enter. It is also for experienced divers only because of the strong currents inside and outside the cave.


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Puente

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The Garden (el Jardín)

Reaching a maximum depth of 35mts, in this dive site you will find a beautiful underwater pyramid of rock covered completely with corals. It’s a dive for experienced divers, with two tunnels and a chance to see turtles and lobsters along with all the endemic fish species of Rapa Nui.


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Omohi

The farest dive site, about 25 minutes from Hanga Roa o Tai bay, it’s a deep dive, only for professionals where we can swim around huge caves and channels surrounded by coral walls.


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Video made by our friend Fernando Luchsinger, director of Geografica Producciones, which with PROYECTO FRONTERA AZUL, has made an audiovisual guide for underwater research, education and dissemination of Rapa Nui´s underwater heritage ...

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