Scuba diving and snorkeling

Discover the crystalline Easter Island waters by going scuba diving! Lack of pollution and algae makes the Easter Island ocean one of the world's clearest waters with an impressive 60 m visibility on calm days.

A PADI scuba diving license is not required, though if you have one, you will be able to go to many more sites.

Dives are done every day. There are many good diving spots around Easter Island, and even if weather is bad, there will virtually always be some place where ocean is calm.

Easter Island scuba diving photos gallery

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Easter Island scuba diving spots

The moai statue at the ocean bottom is one of the most popular scuba diving sites.
Hanga Roa map of Easter Island scuba diving centers.

There are several amazing spots in and around the bay of Hanga Roa where scuba diving centers go. The dive sites have coral reefs, underwater caves and cliffs and much else. The site of the dive is selected based on weather and the level of your PADI license. Some of the spots are:

Motu Nui

This historical islet is where eggs for the legendary birdman competition were fetched. This uninhabitated rock is located just off the coast of the main island of Rapa Nui, behind volcano Rano Kau. Thanks to the lack of human presence, the undisturbed marine life here is very abundant. The smooth, gray rock of the islet Motu Nui itself gives it a different look and feel compared to the rest of Rapa Nui.

A PADI scuba diving license is required for visiting this site.

Submerged moai statue

The submerged moai statue is located 20 m below the surface at the bottom of the ocean in the bay of Hanga Roa. However intriguing it would've been to claim that it is an authentic statue carved by the ancient Rapa Nui people, it isn't. The empty shell of the statue was first made for the 1990's Chilean television show Iorana. Rapa Nui diver Mike Rapu later filled the statue with cement and sunk it to the bottom of the ocean in memory of his grandfather, who had taught him about the ocean. It does make for some impressive photographs for sure!

A PADI scuba diving license is required for visiting this site.

Easter Island scuba diving centers

There are several Easter Island scuba diving centers to choose from. They are all located in the town of Hanga Roa. All Easter Island scuba diving centers follow official PADI rules and safety routines.

Every session, including preparations, typically takes around 2 hours, with an actual dive time of around 20-30 minutes.

Learn about the scuba diving centers below and contact your preferred diving center.

Tortuga Hanga Piko

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Tortuga Hanga Piko is the newest scuba diving center of Easter Island. Photos are included in the price. Groups are often smaller here, giving a more personalized experience.

Where is Tortuga Hanga Piko located?

Tortuga Hanga Piko is located in the small harbor Hanga Piko, in the outskirts of the town Hanga Roa. While being by the ocean below the town center and looking towards the ocean, follow the coast towards the left (southward). Hanga Piko means hidden bay, which explains quite well what to expect. As you follow the road, you will know that you arrived to Hanga Piko when a view of volcano Rano Kau appears right ahead.

Go down towards the harbor. Just after passing Atariki Rapa Nui diving center on left hand side the road will fork. Take the left road, instead of entering the harbor to the right. Tortuga Hanga Piko will appear on your left hand side.

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Mike Rapu Diving Center

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Mike Rapu Diving Center, together with Orca Diving Center, is one of the two biggest, most well-established Easter Island scuba diving centers. Many kinds of certification courses are offered, such as rescue diver and dive master.

Where is Mike Rapu Diving Center located?

Mike Rapu Diving Center is centrally located in the central harbor of Hanga Roa below the soccer field, just beside Orca Diving Center. To reach the harbor, go down the street Te Pito o te Henua, leading down from the church to the ocean.

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Orca Diving Center

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Orca, together with Mike Rapu Diving Center, is one of the two biggest, most well-established Easter Island scuba diving centers. Diving sessions are done every day except Sundays.

Where is Orca located?

Orca is centrally located in the central harbor of Hanga Roa below the soccer field, just beside Mike Rapu Diving Center. To reach the harbor, go down the street Te Pito o te Henua, leading down from the church to the ocean.

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Atariki Diving Center

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Atariki Diving Center has been around for a few years, but has not been has noticable as the two bigger dive centers Orca and Mike Rapu. Photos are included in the price.

Where is Atariki Diving Center?

Atariki Diving Center is located in the small harbor Hanga Piko, in the outskirts of the town Hanga Roa. While being by the ocean below the town center and looking towards the ocean, follow the coast towards the left (southward). Hanga Piko means hidden bay, which explains quite well what to expect. As you follow the road, you will know that you arrived to Hanga Piko when a view of volcano Rano Kau appears right ahead.

Go down towards the harbor and Atariki Diving Center will soon appear on your left hand side.

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