Ahu Akivi

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Sachin K
Plainview, NY5 800 contributions
Only Ahu facing the Pacific ocean
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 780 contributions
Ahu Akivi
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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WImom
Fond du Lac, WI2 339 contributions
Another great site!
Jan 2020
This altar with its seven moai was completely restored in 1960 and dates from 1460 AD. It was the first full platform excavation and restoration to take place on the island. Much is made of the direction in which these statues are facing as they are looking to the water as opposed to having their backs to the water. A good view for photos is on the left side of the platform. Best lighting is mid-late afternoon. Easily accessible by foot.
Written 17 April 2020
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Katrien S
Ghent, Belgium1 983 contributions
Re-erected moai looking out over the ocean
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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Stella R.
Brasilia, DF26 contributions
Try with a guide!
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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midwaytoheaven
Midway, UT2 981 contributions
What We Came To See...Moai Statues. MUST SEE!
Jan 2020
This was my favorite site on Rapa Nui or better know as Easter Island. There are seven ancient statues facing the Pacific Ocean. They are supposed to represent seven young explorers who travels out to sea to find new land and never were seen again. Definitely a great photo and selfie stop!

BOTTOM LINE: These Moai are located 9 miles inland and a great place to start your National Park tour and get your $80 per person daily park pass (definitely the most expensive park pass I have ever paid anywhere in the world). 40% of the island is considered a National Park. These statues are erected with the belief that they will protect the village and bring prosperity to the tribe. They are all about 14' tall. There is a small snack shack here and restrooms ($1 use use per person even after paying the $80 USD park pass). MY RATING: 8/10.

WHY IS THIS ISLAND CALLED EASTER ISLAND? On Easter Sunday in 1722, Dutchman Jacob Roggeveen discovered this island.

WHY IS THIS ISLAND A PART OF CHILE? Strange that it is not a part of the Society Islands occupied by the French 2500 miles away from Tahiti. Apparently they did not want it so it was annexed by Chile in 1888 and so it is today. Chile is about 2000 miles away to Santiago.

WHO FLYS TO HERE? Both Air Tahiti Nui and LaTam airlines fly here. Various cruise ships stop here also.

POPULATION: The population of the island is about 6,000 people, of which 4,000 are native tribal persons. No more immigration is permitted here from Chile or anywhere else and no one can own a home or land here except those with native tribal roots.

HOW MANY MOAI STATUES: It is estimated that there are some 900 megaliths scattered around the the island.
Written 11 February 2020
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Bill M
Springfield, MO308 contributions
Good place to start
Jan 2020
We began our exploration of Rapa Nui at Ahu Akivi. Stepping out of the van, we were immediately in awe of these statues. Although most ceremonial platforms and their respective mo’ai are found along the coast, there are about twenty-five raised platforms inland. The seven mo’ai here were restored in 1976 and stand facing the rising sun. According to legend, these seven statues represent seven exploratory young men sent to investigate the island. The size and scope of this Ahu gave us the opportunity to easily understand the meaning of each element which served us well as we toured other larger locations
Written 2 February 2020
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LookingForFamilyFun
Houston, TX1 508 contributions
Excellent with a guide
Dec 2019
We toured the island privately with a guide our lodge, Kona Koa, provided. His name was Nuku and he was an excellent guide that brought meaning and understanding with each site we visited. This was our last stop of the day and we were the only ones there. We learned about the discovery history of Easter Island and why these are the only moai that face the ocean and why there are seven here...representative of the sailors that first came to the island and then brought their leaders to live here. They face their homeland.

We highly recommend this site (and all of Easter Island, at least for one day) with a guide!
Written 26 January 2020
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bukagirl
New Jersey3 735 contributions
A sacred place
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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jandc8491
Wilmington, DE1 143 contributions
Walk around the moai
Nov 2019
I visited Easter Island with family. This ahu was one of the must-see moai sites suggested by our hotel. This site is interesting, because all the moai are about the same height, and they face out toward the ocean. Be sure to walk around the moai to examine them from the front and back, and look for subtle differences.
Written 1 January 2020
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