Why the Moorea Tiki Village Theater
is Tahiti’s Coolest “Tourist Trap”
We were warned about the Moorea Tiki Village Theater. We were told by an employee at the hotel where we were staying that it was a “tourist trap.” They recommended that we should just stay at the hotel and have dinner there, enjoying their Polynesian show instead. Fortunately, we didn’t listen.
Don’t get me wrong: I was extremely trepidatious when the tour bus pulled up to the entrance. In the dim post-sunset light, you could see that the front of the building was in need of a paint job, one of the letters in the sign was falling, and the musicians serenading us as we were forced to walk through the gift shop to get our tickets made us wonder what sort of Disney-fied hell we’d traveled an hour across the island of Moorea to enter.
My BS spidey-senses were on red alert as we were led into the expansive open-air arena to get tropical welcome drinks at the entrance to yet another gift shop, this one selling jewelry made from Tahiti‘s famous Black Pearls. I noted the sparse audience of 40-50 people and the unflattering halogen lighting, which reminded me of late nights working on cars with my dad as a teen. I checked my watch, sighed, and prepared myself for a long, hot, humid night.