Restaurants, Bars & Nightclubs in the Cook Islands

cook islands dancers at a nightclub

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.


The Cook Islands is a conservative country - you won't find resorts hosting beach party's or having in-house nightclubs - but the nightclubs in Avarua Town are really fun and pretty lively for a small place. 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 Traditional Island Nights

The Rarotongan Beach Resort$$$$

Large resort on south coast with twice weekly dance performances as well as island feast nights.

The Edgewater Resort$$$

Large resort on west coast with island nights and other nightly entertainment.

Hotels near Bars & Nightclubs

Club Raro Resort$$$

Weekly island nights and entertainment and also close to the bars and clubs of Avarua Town

Places to Enjoy Sunset Cocktails

Crown Beach Resort$$$$$

Upmarket resort on west coast with wonderful sunset cocktail bar

Aroa Beachside Inn$$$

Affordable units with a fantastic sunset bar and a weekly Barbecue night