This tour was recommended to us and we really enjoyed it. Our two kids (ages 21 and 18) sighed when we told them we had booked a tour, but they loved it!
They pick you up at your accommodations and taken by Leo to the reconstructed cultural village where Ngaa gives an educational tour, including explaining about some of the traditional plant medicines, as well as how structures were built. Then comes time to prepare the umu (earth oven), which we all partook in. We also got to weave our own dinner plates out of palm leaves. Then, while the food was cooking we were taken on a tour that included a sacred site (Marae). It was all fascinating and very informative, with plenty of interaction. It wasn't a large group - about 12.
After this it was back to the village to uncover the cooked food that was served with some of the local dishes such as paw-paw curry, island spinach (taro leaves) with coconut cream, salad and fruit. It was delicious, and Leo the driver sang.
We would highly recommended this tour. Our impression was that this isn't just some commercial venture but is part of is a real commitment to preserving and learning more about the culture that existed here before the arrival of European missionaries in the early 19th century. They are collaborating with an archeologist to further explore the marae and the work and discoveries are still in progress.
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