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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 every meal in a different place. 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! You can easily dine in a different place for every meal.

The multitude of cafes and restaurants around the island just have to be experienced, the food is so good. From a casual fish sandwich to a complete gourmet meal, there’s something for everyone.

There are several great cheap places to eat at the markets and the fresh tropical fruit is plentiful, healthy and totally addictive. And while on the islands, you'll want to try our local dishes, like: Ika mata (marinated raw fish), poke, rukau, maniota, goat curry and fresh sashimi. A great way to try several of these local dishes in one place is at an island night buffet. 

Some resorts also offer romantic beachfront dining by candlelight, complete with a private gazebo, so you can enjoy a gourmet set or A La Carte menu, cocktails, champagne or whatever takes your fancy. 

Dinners for the family are easy and fun. There’s plenty of great, family places to eat and you can always find fresh fish and chips to eat on the beach. Many hotels and resorts have their own restaurants and others around the island feature ‘feet in the sand’ dining – where kids can play on the beach while you relax. If you’re looking for some timeout, babysitters are available.

Whatever you feel like, the choice of eating options is vast and varied in our little nation.

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. Above all while our nightlife is exciting and exotic, it’s extremely safe. Free from stranger danger, everyone here is welcomed as family.

 

21.3 Vaiana Bistro & Bar

Sink your feet into the sand and enjoy one of our tropical cocktails.

Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort

Aitutaki's best dining views & food!

Aqua Cafe

Al fresco dining Island style - A beautiful Polynesian style cafe & cocktail bar

Crusoe's Restaurant & Wilson's Beach Bar

Come down and visit the friendly people at the infamous Crusoe's Restaurant & Wilson’s Beach Bar!

Kikau Hut

Casual dining located on the sunset side of Rarotonga

Kikau Hut Restaurant

A restaurant catering for everyone, but with Pacific Island flavours

Little Polynesian Restaurant & Bar

Our expert chef, combines international culinary experience with local ingredients and refinements to produce a delicious ‘fusion' menu

Nautilus Restaurant

Exciting taste combinations inspired by the many different cultures throughout the Pacific Region

On The Beach Restaurant & Bar

Delicious island flavours are sure to tempt your tastebuds!

Plantation House

: The “Plantation House” experience is perhaps one of Rarotongas best kept secret

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

Sails Restaurant & iSobar

Epic views and creative cuisine at Sails overlooking majestic Muri Lagoon.

Sanctuary Rarotonga - On the Beach

Dine on fine Pacific cuisine with your toes in the sand at the BlueWater Grill. Welcomes adults 18+

Sandals Restaurant & Barefoot Bar

We offer a private dining experience set away from all other house guests.

Shipwreck Hut, Aro’a Beachside Inn

Enjoy an ice cold beer and a bar meal while watching the most beautiful sunsets in the world.

Spaghetti House

The Spaghetti House Pizzeria and Grill is one of two in-house dining experiences located within a leisurely stroll of the Resort entrance off the main road.

Tamanu Beach Restaurant

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

Te Vara Nui

A powerful display of grace, beauty, passion, color and excitement with exceptional choreography

The Anchorage Restaurant and Bar

The Anchorage Restaurant & Bar is the ideal place to sit back and dine in a spacious, open-air dining room. Open 7 days for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. We specialise in creative Pacific Rim cuisine using fresh local produce.

The Lazy Trout Cafe

All-day breakfast and lunch in a tropical garden with views on the mountain.

The Lucky Rooster Eatery

Popular bistro & meeting place serving all day breakfast & lunch.

The Rarotongan Resort & Spa

The western waterfront location make it ideal for enjoying great cuisine with some of the best views.

The Yellow Hibiscus Restaurant and Bar

Your private piece of paradise!

Tumunu Garden Restaurant & Bar

Enjoy the Tumunu Restaurant and let our island touch you.

Vaima Restaurant & Tiki Bar

The Vaima Polynesian Bar and Restaurant is set RIGHT ON THE BEACH on the South side of Rarotonga.

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