Island Nights on Rarotonga

A very special highlight and ‘must do’ of your stay on Rarotonga will be to experience an Island night blending together a traditional Cook Island feast with traditional Cook Island dancing.

The feast, known as the umakai involves baking food in an umu (underground oven), a deep pit filling with red hot stones.   Chicken, pork, fish, vegetables are placed in the umu, covered with banana leaves and earth and left to steam to keep in all the natural juices of the food (kai).

After eating the feast, guests will be entertained by a dance group – dancing, singing and drumming of traditional Cook Island song and dance.

Highland Paradise Sunset Cultural Show and Feast

Wednesday and Friday Nights – highly recommended

Join your Vaka (coach) at approximately 5.15pm where your host aboard will set the scene and help select a Rangatira (chief)  for the night , to participate in matters of protocol and the challenge on arrival at the centre. Arriving at Highland Paradise, you will view the lifting of the  “Tapu” (a sacred ceremony) from the marae (sacred land) on which the centre stands , before enjoying a complimentary sunset cocktail and the spectacular views of the ocean and valleys below.

Then enjoy the umakai feast which has been prepared for you using succulent local meats, seafood and local vegetables before sitting back to relax and enjoy the vibrancy and energy of the authentic Highland Paradise Show which includes spectacular dancers, singers and drummers , all of whom will enthral and excite.  At the conclusion of the show, there are ample opportunities for photos with the dancers before being returned to the comfort of your private Rarotonga villa.

Quick Guide to Island Night Shows on Rarotonga and Aitutaki

Monday Muri Beach Club Hotel
Tuesday Te Vara Nui Cultural Centre
Edgewater Resort
Wednesday Highland Paradise Sunset Feast and show – highly recommended
The Rarotongan Beach Resort and Spa
Thursday Te Vara Nui Cultural Centre
Staircase Restaurant and Bar
Thursday Muri Beach Club Hotel
Friday Highland Paradise Sunset Feast and show – highly recommended
Staircase Restaurant and Bar
Pacific Resort Rarotonga
Pacific Resort Aitutaki
Saturday Te Vara Nui Cultural Centre
Edgewater Resort
The Rarotongan beach Resort and Spa
Aitutaki Lagoon Resort and Spa

Te Vara Nui Cultural Centre
Rarotonga’s newest and largest cultural attraction at Muri in a purpose built venue comprised of volcanic rock gardens, waterfalls, fish ponds and gardens.   Te Vara Nui offers both village tours and Night shows  – or a combination of the two.

Edgewater Resort Island Night:
The Island Night Shows feature the professional talents of the Orama Dance Group .  The buffet feast commences at 7pm with the show commencing at 8.30pm.

Rarotongan Beach Resort and Spa:
Enjoy a traditional umukai feast followed by the Dance Troupe for a spectacular ‘Legends of Polynesia’ Drum Dance and Fire Dance Show.

Staircase Restaurant and Bar:
Owners, Sisi and Mann Short will keep visitors entertained until the wee hours of the morning with the Te Korero Maori cultural group and well stocked bar.
Discover more of the activities and attractions you can book through the office of our luxury villa in Rarotonga.