Most medium to large resorts host lavish themed dinner and entertainment nights each week. These are very convenient but a little outside nightlife is a good change of pace. On several nights this week, I will have pre-arranged transfers and dinner reservations for one of my favorite local restaurants for my group guests.
Tonight, we are going to the Tiki Village, a living Tahitian village. Members of the resident community will guide you through areas where artists and artisans work during the day and performers entertain at night. Others will unearth the underground oven where the evening meal has been prepared and discuss the local ingredients, typical of the Tahitian feast, that you will enjoy a little later.
As an interesting side note, while it is NOT currently possible to have a legally binding marriage in French Polynesia due to 30 day residency requirement, it is possible to have a Tahitian wedding ceremony here at the Tiki Village with a full contingent of performers in traditional dress. The Floating House is also available for a unique overnight stay for the honeymoon or anniversary couple.
After the live pareo show and a generous buffet dinner, the show will begin. This is NOT a slick, high production hotel show like ones you may have seen in Papeete or perhaps Hawaii. You will see different styles of group and individual dances as well as the always exhilarating fire dances. Choreography may not be perfectly precise but there is a sense of fun and slight mistakes are laughed off lightly. In my opinion, the performance goes on a little too long but I think they can be forgiven for overproviding.