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TIKI VILLAGE THEATRE, MOOREA, FRENCH POLYNESIA

Tourist trap cred: At the Tiki Village Theatre, a faux Polynesian settlement run by flamboyant French expat Olivier Briac, you can shop for flower garlands and pareos, get a tattoo, have a mediocre buffet dinner with Tahitian foods like fafa (chicken and spinach) and poe (fruit baked in coconut milk), and even renew your marriage vows with a Tahitian-style ceremony.

Why it's worth it: Nightlife on Moorea is hard to come by, but Tiki Village Theatre's open-air show of traditional Tahitian dances is an excellent way to spend an evening. An accomplished group of glistening, coconut-oiled, nubile nymphs and musicians perform the legend of a rain-soaked Tahitian village and its warriors, who undertake a canoe journey to find fire. By the time fire torches are spun around and horses come galloping into the stage area, you might be reminded that you've fallen into a pretty serious tourist trap—but at least it's an entertaining one where the wine flows freely.

Insider tip: Remember: There are thousands of miles between you and anyone you've ever met—no one has to know that you indulged in such a major kitschfest.

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