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“Not much to see here, move along. Also a very fragile site.”
Review of Playa Ovahe

Playa Ovahe
Ranked #2 of 29 things to do in Hanga Roa
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 31 March 2014

When I went there was no sign pointing to the small parking lot, so I just had to turn and go down the rutted dirt road (easier in a 4-wheel ATV). You get the impression they don't really want visitors to go there anymore, and I could sorta see the reasons. As has been mentioned, you have to take a trail from the lot to get to the cove beach, and you pass by an ancient crematorium that looks like just a pile of rocks forming a small headland but is hallowed ground and something they really, really don't want you to walk on, as walking on that is like walking on an ahu. There are also some rare plant species in the area that they're trying to seed and grow.

To get to the cove beach itself you have to climb over and down the lava boulders, and the two people who got there after me weren't as intrepid as I was about that. But I can't really rate the beach much at all. It reminded me of a tiny beach or two I saw on the Kalaulau trail in Kauai, where sometimes currents are so dangerous they sweep people off the SAND and out to sea. I don't know if that's a potential problem, but there's definitely no lifeguard or facilities and I wouldn't chance it. I didn't see anything about swimmability that came close to beating Anakena. High tides might also make your return trip tougher than the outbound. The wall of reddish lava backing the beach is almost menacing-looking, and it's hard not to think of some little piece coming loose and falling down.

So it's not much of a beach and they don't want you to ruin the site by walking over the crematorium or going off the trail or bringing in invasive species, even accidentally. Not much of a positive reason to go, except maybe to have a beach to yourself, and Anakena has so much more sand that it's easy to find a patch well away from people anyway. I predict they'll have to formally close the site to all but guided tours.

1  Thank ploughman8
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

The path to the beach is blocked so if you want to get there, you need to roll up your pants and walk through the water. However, the water is warmer than Anakena. It's worth the trouble

Thank serrita
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Reviewed 24 December 2013

Away from the tourists, need hiking boots to get down to beach, beware of tide current. Locals know this spot...a bit off beaten path, Need a map.

2  Thank Lisa P
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

One of the guide books claims this beach has pink sand. It does not. After a heavy rain the red scoria rock washes down and mixes with the sand but in my opinion it just looked brown. Don't walk down there with your bottle expecting to scoop up an unusual colored sand.

It is a nice little beach. Not a lot of people there since there is a short muddy and rocky hike down to it. My mother (65) has a bad knee so she did not risk it. Even a healthy person could slip and skin a knee on this trail.

Knee and waist high breakers at the shore. The water is stirred up for the first 30 yards, but as soon as you get past that the water clears up. Really nice corrals and fish to view. I preferred snorkeling at Ovahe over Anakena. If you have kids Anakena would be better.

3  Thank Rob O
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

Quiet beach but the sun goes behind the cliff in the afternoon. Great swimming.
No facilities so take your picnic with you

4  Thank mld1961
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