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Dining & Nightlife

Dining & Nightlife

The more you explore the Cook Islands, the more local authentic cuisine you’ll discover, ranging from simple fresh fish enjoyed with your feet in the sand to high-class restaurants and everything in between. You could eat in a different place every meal. Superb game fish like tuna, mahi mahi or broadbill is typical – you’ll get no fresher in the most expensive restaurants in the world. Island night entertainment is a must: beautiful dancing, traditional costumes and mesmerising drums. The crowd participation in the ura dance is a highlight.

Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, local fishermen venture beyond the reef before sunrise, helping us earn a reputation for creating the best cuisine in the Pacific. Fresh seafood straight out of the ocean, prepared simply with delicious local ingredients from our nutrient rich volcanic island gardens. 

Love fresh food? There are over 100 places to eat and drink below are just a few!

Whatever you feel like, the choice of eating options is vast and varied in our little nation. Visitors can easily dine in a different location for every meal of their stay. Buffet meals feature favourite local dishes like ika mata (marinated raw fish) and umu kai cooked in a traditional earth oven. A perfect meal can be beach fish and chips, street hawker dishes at the night market or fine restaurant dining. As well as gourmet burgers, pizza and fish sandwiches by the water’s edge, there are many colourful cafés serving light meals and your fix of great coffee.

When the sun sets and you've had your fill of our delicious cuisine. The real party begins! 

When the sun goes down, the party heats up. We boast the best nightlife of all the islands in the South Pacific. Mix with friendly locals in open-air bars, many on the beach soaked in cool island vibes and spectacular vistas. Grab a drink and enjoy the show, whether local live music or a stunning sunset over the water. 

When you want to go large, head to one of our pumping nightclubs, or join a nightlife tour where the bus to the party, is the party. Everyone here is welcomed as family. 

Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort

Aitutaki's best dining views & food!

Rapae Bay Restaurant & Black Rock Bar

Rapae Bay will astound you with an elegant menu and service matched by no other establishment in the Cook Islands

Rumours Cafe at Aitutaki Escape

Welcome to Rumours Cafe at Aitutaki Escape

Tamanu Beach Restaurant

Enjoy delightful flavours, a tropical cocktail or two and the most relaxing atmosphere, right on the beachfront...

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