Traditional dance and music shows are now a classic of pleasure trips. They are found everywhere in the world and often leave a feeling of attending an average but pleasant stage performance which gives an insight of local colors that are outdated by the modern rhythm of globalization.
In Polynesia, this feeling is different for many reasons:
Traditional music and dances still hold an important role in the Polynesian culture. The best illustration of this is the Heiva competition which gathers each year some twenty groups, each one consisting of 200 musicians, singers and dancers from the four corners of Polynesia. These gatherings are a huge breeding ground for professional crews.
The hotels, particularly those in Tahiti, are very selective in the choice of the crews who perform during their shows. They only retain professional crews who perform quality shows.
The local population itself represents an important part of the public which attends theses shows. This is most certainly the best guarantee as to the real interest of being there as well.
How to get in:
The cabaret dinners are held once to twice a week in most of the polynesian resorts (Intercontinental, Le Meridien, Hilton and Sofitel) which are found on the main islands (Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora) normally on Fridays and Saturdays. They are not private and it is highly recommended to book a seat the day before or the same day.
Do not miss in Tahiti:
The most important troupes perform in Tahiti:
At Le Meridien:
Wednesday – Marquesas night: Discover the strength and the legend of the Marquesas islands with the group of Toa Huhina warriors;
Friday - Wonderful night: The most popular dinner in Tahiti; appreciated by the local population for the quality of its seafood buffet and the show performed by the internationally renowned troupe of Grands Ballets of Tahiti.
Friday - Polynesian Magic Night: You will try a seafood buffet while attending the show of the Tahitian crew Ora, winner of the Heiva 2011.