After researching accommodation on Easter Island, we decided on Te'Ora, and were very pleased with our choice. Te'Ora is owned and run by a Canadian lady, Karen, who married a local Rapa Nui man in 1999. The self catering accommodation she runs offers 3 rooms, of varying size and price. We chose Te'Ora because:-

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The sign for Te'Ora Our balcony .. ..and the view at sunset ..and during the day
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Horses wander along the road Zoom shot of distant moai Kia and the our bears The boys are spoilt rotten.

We stayed here for 7 nights in March 2011, 6 nights in the upper big self catering accommodation, and 1 night in the small downstairs room. I can do nothing other than thoroughly recommend Sharon's Te'Ora. Sharon is an attentive host, and is full of tips to improve or help your stay on the island. She will sort you out and organise everything from car rental to restaurant bookings.

We were picked up at the airport at around 6 in the morning by a very cheerful Kia (good lord, it was 6am), taken to Te'Ora, told about the things to do and see, then driven round the town to show us where to go and what to do. We were also given a map of the town with "recommendations". By then the room was ready for us to move into.

I would recommend that you pay the extra for the largest room - though it is popular and may be difficult to book - we altered our trip to get it, and I was glad we did. There is a private kitchen and a balcony from which you can sit and watch the passing scene, or alternatively just sit! Given the cost of (poor) food in Easter Island restaurants, you may find the kitchen comes in handy. Nothing on Easter Island is cheap, so you get used to that, but the restaurants have grown particularly rapacious and add an unannounced 10% tourist rip off to your bill, so you will be glad of the kitchen facilities here. The 5 or 6 mini-markets in town make shopping easy.

This accommodation is not "luxurious" but nothing on Easter Island short of the Explora is luxurious, and the Explora will set you back some 15 times the cost per night. However Te'Ora is, by island standards good value for money, and the welcome and continuing attention my Sharon and Kia is more than we have got in most places we have visited in the world.

I have carried away fond memories of just sitting on the veranda and watching the world go round. Do your homework, make sure that this is what you want, and you will not be disappointed

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The largest room is upstairs and is a studio.. ..apartment with living area and kitchen

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