We returned to the beach later in the evening after having been back to the ship to freshen up. Torches were lit on shore and there was a little oil lamp on the shuttle boat. Very romantic.
Tui, the chef, made the opening of the earth oven into a great ceremony, which was lovely. We all stood round while he scraped off the sand with a shovel and removed the cloth covering to reveal the meat which had been wrapped in palm leaves. Then he did a quick fire walking ceremony (only messing about).
The food was delicious, so incredibly tender.
Earlier in the day - about 2pm - we had watched the crew burning wood to create the heat for the earth oven, or lovo. The meat is then wrapped in banana leaves and cooked for several hours in the hot sand.