HI Kona Tau
Easter Island, Chile
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HI Kona Tau Easter Island Reviews
Hosteling International Kona Tau Jan 13, 2012
My trip to Rapa Nui was one of those “moment trips” when something sparks the wish to go to the certain place and in this case it was incredibly cheap flight with the LAN Airlines, so I simply had to fly there and stay for two weeks :)... Airport on Easter Island is made by the US space program authorities in order to land shuttle if there is some problem coming back from space. Small but functional international airport serves few plains per day and it is very close to the city of Hanga Roa (which is the only city on the island). Arriving there, I did not really know where to stay, but luckily bunch of the bed & breakfast and hotel owners waited on the airport offering their accommodations.
I tried to find nice and affordable option, and I ended up in Hosteling International Kona Tau Hostel. Couple that owns the hostel waited on the airport with picture book full of images of the hostel, and they were also the cheapest of all. First day I had to get the private room because there was no space left in the dorms. Hostel is in the shape of horse shoe with cabanas on one side, and dorms on the other, and larger community kitchen and breakfast area behind the rooms. Breakfast is included in the price, and it consists of nice fresh fruit, coffee and sandwiches. Large veranda sits overlooking small garden and it is favorite spot to hang out, play games, read books, and enjoy good times.
Private room has a nice queen size bed, some commodes, bathroom and it is very clean and comfortable. In the early morning roosters from the adjacent house start celebrating the light and you don’t stand any chance sleeping. Plan accordingly…
Dorms have bunk beds fitting four people and nice bathroom with the shower. Water is only cold, but that is not a huge inconvenience considering the temperature of the air. Dorm area right next to the veranda, and sometimes there are people talking in the middle of the night, which can be annoying if you are trying to sleep. On the veranda usually there is whole branch of bananas slowly ripening, and you can simply take banana when it is good to eat. Beds are sturdy and nice, but big minus is that there are no lockers in the rooms. Commodes that are in the room do not have any ways to be secured. At the time that I was there, internet was available only in few places on the islands, but not in the hostel. I assume that now free internet is a part of the deal because HI hostels must have it as a basic offer. In 2009 I paid around 24$ for private room and the dorms were around 11$.
Rapa Nui is a small island but you will need some kind of transportation to go around. I rented the scooter that served me perfect, and you can leave it anywhere on the island without fear that someone is going to take it from you. Main road that connects two sides of the island is around 20km long so that scooter comes very handy.
Island has three main volcanoes, Poike, Terevaka and Rano Kau and all of them are nice hikes and amazing vistas. Aside of this three you should go up to Rano Raraku which is the volcano that was the main quarry for Moai sculptures on the island.
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