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While undoubtedly commercialised and touristy, an Island night is nonetheless a great way of gaining an insight into traditional Cool Islander music, dance, food and custom. There are a variety of island nights to choose from varying from expensive dinner and show affairs to cheaper performances where you can just show up and pay a few dollars to just watch the performance. Most of the island nights involve a preshow dinner often cooked in an umu (traditional earth ‘oven’) followed by a frenetic dance, drum and music display. We went to an island night in Avarua at the Staircase Restaurant and Bar (without meal) and for $5 were treated to a fine performance where audience participation is wholly encouraged! although talking to some other people who had paid for the meal, we were glad we hadn’t come for the food which was reported as being pretty poor.
The island night at the Staircase is one of the most reasonably priced performances but there are a huge variety of options ranging from expensive formal affairs to relaxed cheaper alternatives.
Some of the other popular island nights in Rarotonga include the Rarotongan Resort, Pacific Resort, Te Vara Nui and Highland Paradise.

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  • Written Mar 6, 2011
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