Soma Surf ResortSurfcamp in Popoyo
Welcome to Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa, set in Easter Island in Chili, a meeting place surrounded by the Rapa Nui culture and habitat. We are located on the main coastal road, less than a mile away from the airport and just a few blocks away from town.
Our hotel rooms are ‘cave’ inspired and curved, organic spaces, made of noble and natural materials like cypress trunks, clay and volcanic rock. Guests can immerse themselves in the Rapa Nui habitat with state-of-the-art technology to control water and electricity consumption while minimising noise and electromagnetic fields. Rooms do not have TV, so our guests can experience the wonders of Rapa Nui in complete relaxation, adventure and comfort. Our services and facilities blend with the local habitat, food and culture.
Our 3 restaurants provide a mix of international recipes with Rapa Nui culinary delights. We prioritize the use of fresh and local products. We also have several meeting rooms, a movie theater, a swimming pool and a Spa with different therapies for children and adults.
As a part of our company mission and vision we are committed to improving the social and cultural conditions of the local communities. Besides worrying about the human capital, we take care of the environment and our surroundings. This is why we have different sustainability and recycling policies.
Known as Rapa Nui by its inhabitants, Easter Island is the most remote, inhabited place on earth. The nearest large land-masses are Chile 3,850km (2406mi) away and Tahiti 3,610km (2256mi). The island was formed by an eruption 3 million years ago from a single volcano in the bottom of the ocean. Geologically, the coastline is too young to have developed proper sandy beaches and consists of rugged lava cliffs, with heights between 6-23ft(2-7m) making entry/exit points scarce. Most surfspots are along the west and south coasts, plus two average quality beachbreaks with remarkable scenery on the north coast. There are no protected bays or points, but south coast exploration will reveal a safe bend or natural pool on the coastline to get in and out. Local surfers are friendly and open, showing typical Polynesian pride in their island and culture that demands respect. Despite having links to the ancient Tortoro reed boards, used as bellyboards, stand-up surfing is relatively new.
When to Go
Most of the swells come from the SE, S, and SW in winter (April – September) and W- NW in summer (October – March). The only east swell in living memory was, unfortunately, a giant tidal wave (the 2nd largest in history after Java’s volcanic eruption) in 1960. Flat days are unusual because the “rock” picks up every ripple on the ocean. The most usual wave size is from head high – spring and summer time – to triple overhead during the rough winter storms. Rapa Nui waves are powerful and all surfable waves break over a lava reef bottom. This mixture should make every experienced, double overhead, maniac surfer happy. The prevailing wind is SE (spring & summer) and NW (autumn & winter). Both winds work offshore either way on the west or south coast. Worst case is a straight southerly which is onshore on both sides. “Glassy” for the locals sometimes means a rare 1 to 2 knots dawn patrol wind. Tides are not a problem. The difference is 40-65cm (16-26”) during half-moon periods, 10-90cm (4-36”in) around the full and new moon periods.
( Source: Stormrider Guide )