Fodor's Expert Review Cementerio
Hanga Roa's colorful walled cemetery occupies a prime position overlooking the Pacific and is visually unlike most. With artificial flower arrangements, white tombstones, and even some replica moai, the cemetery has a cheerful feeling. The central cross is erected on a pukao, the reddish topknot or hat that likely topped a moai at some point. The cemetery keeps expanding toward the ocean, but by 2020, the newly deceased will have to be buried elsewhere, as it will likely be full. Some Rapanui bury family members around the island, such as near Playa Ovahe, so you should be respectful should you come across burial sites.