- 4 hours (Approx.)
- Hotel pickup offered
- Mobile ticket
Immerse yourself in Rapa Nui (Easter Island) culture through food, myth and dance with this popular traditional Polynesian dinner and show. Sip a welcome drink as you learn about ‘umu pae,’ the ancient practice of cooking underground with hot volcanic stones. Meet festively dressed Rapa Nui people, and learn a few dance steps before feasting on a delicious buffet dinner. After dinner, enjoy a fantastic performance illuminating Rapa Nui history, music and dance. Pickup and drop-off from Hanga Roa hotels are included.
- Dinner included
- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
- Vegetarian meal option available
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Transport by air-conditioned van or bus
- Welcome snack or fruit juice
- Traditional buffet dinner
- Folkloric show
- Beverages and drinks
Tour departs from Easter Island hotels
Returns to original departure point
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
After hotel pickup, head to the restaurant where your night festivities begin with a welcome ceremony in the pergola. Listen to live music, enjoy a tropical cocktail and observe the ritual of
takona (painted faces). You can even have your face marked with the traditional kiea pigments.
Then gather around a pit for the
umu pae presentation to learn about the Rapa Nui tradition of cooking food on top of hot volcanic stones. Feel free to ask any questions you may have about the process, which includes wrapping the goods in banana leaves and placing them go in the ground to cook for several hours. While the meat cools, work up an appetite as you try out traditional dance steps with members of a performance group.
For dinner, the umu pae–style menu features dishes prepared earlier that day. You can expect some sort of meat — chicken, pork ribs, sausage and fish — plus seasonal vegetables like sweet potato, squash, carrots and taro. Take bites of the succulent meats and vegetables that have simmered for hours. Regular sides include rice, salads, sauces, bread and dessert.
Once you're full, head to the ballroom for a spellbinding folkloric extravaganza that brings Rapa Nui history and legends to life. In between the impressive dancing and traditional chants of ‘Hoko,’ ‘Moai’ and ‘Tanata Manu,’ the chieftain explains what you see.
After the performance, you’ll be taken back to your hotel.
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
- Note: Port pickup is available for an additional fee payable on the day of the tour. Please contact the local tour operator if you'd like this service
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
My husband and I purchased this dinner and show packeage for our first night on Rapa Nui. It was a wonderful introduction to the island's culture. We thoroughly enjoyed it!! The food was good and plentiful. No regrets!!
There was nothing special for this if you think about the price. It was good, but they forgot to take me to my hotel in the end. Gosh!
Overall, the performance was well-done, the food was good and plentiful, the service was excellent. Was glad that the explanations were in both Spanish and English as well as some Rapa Nui. Downsides were that the dinner was rather rushed...felt as if we stood in line for the buffet longer than we had time to eat before being hustled into the performance. The driver who picked us up at the hotel, drove way too fast and erratically for the small streets he, obviously, was in a big hurry to arrive, but was unsafe in his driving. And, lastly, we had no choice other than red/white wine of drinks...no bar where we could order drinks of our own choosing offering beer options, something simple other than pisco sours, even if the cost was extra, would have been preferable.
Dinner is buffet-style and fairly good. There's even a decent amount of options for non-seafood eaters! The performers were incredibly personable and spoke so many different languages. The only downside was the show portion--the other patrons were incredibly pushy had a grandma body-check me so she got a front-row seat and we ended up near to the back. Since the floor isn't sloped a lot, my view of the show was pretty limited at times since I'm 4'11. The bigger issues we had were less the fault of the venue and more the fault of some incredibly entitled, pushy, and loud groups of senior tours. Overall, the show is worth it although I am told it is incredibly similar to what you'll find on other Polynesian islands.
This activity was listed as being in English. Unfortunately, my husband and I were the only English speaking amongst 70-80 Spanish speaking; thus very little was in English. A few lines were spoken in English, and I perceived there was a much more detailed explanation in Spanish. No instructions for seating were given in English. At the end of the show, we got back on the same van, with the same driver who had brought us; assuming it was taking us back to the hotel. After everyone else was taken to their hotels, the driver was very angry at us, yelling at us in Spanish. It seemed that he had no plans to take us back (our hotel was not listed on his sheet-he kept pointing to his list). He eventually did take us back, but drove very fast. The food was good and clearly a lot of prep work was done with a minimal staff. The Show itself was similar in content to other Polynesian shows seen elsewhere. The driver yelling at us and lack of English speaking ruined the experience for us.