Umu Experience pride themselves in sharing our Cook Islands Culture with visitors through a unique display of performances by local dance group Manavanui’ while showcasing the preparation and delivery of a delicious traditional island feast.
Backed by Manavanui’s talented drummers, your evening begins under the stars with warriors demonstrating through chants and dance, the process and preparation of a traditional umu (underground oven).
The demonstration takes you through various stages of preparing some of the dishes in the umu to the opening and removal of the feast from the smoking hot underground oven.
You then delight in a flavourful umu platter served to your table, and help yourself to a buffet of freshly prepared salads and local dishes. As you dine, Manavanui’s string band and impressive vocals entertain. A simple dessert is later served.
Following dinner and to conclude the night, beautiful island maidens appear on stage and gracefully perform before the warriors join in for slow and fast paced items.
The Umu Cultural Night is an absolutely spectacular evening of well-choreographed performances and delectable island feasting that both visitors and locals of all ages will no doubt enjoy.