cook islands dancers at a nightclub

The Cook Islands is a very conservative country and nightlife tame - you won't find resorts hosting beach party's or having in-house nightclubs. There are plenty of options for dining out around Rarotonga with several excellent beachfront restaurants serving reef fish caught in the morning and may often include lobster or crabs. One of the highlights is to experience an Island Night held at one of the larger resorts or in Avarua Town to sample local food and watch a traditional dance.

Resorts with Island Nights - Feasts & Dancing

picture of Rarotongan Beach Resort beach
Large resort on south coast with twice weekly dance performances as well as island feast nights.

Places to Stay near Bars & Nightclubs

Places to Enjoy Sunset Cocktails

Dining Out

Rarotonga has more than two dozen good restaurants to enjoy around the island, with Muri Beach, West Rarotonga and Avarua Town having the highest concentration and most can be walked to from nearby accommodations. On Aitutaki there are only a couple of independent restaurants and a couple of snack bars for light lunches, although most resorts have a restaurant for ion-house dining.