To put it succinctly: there is no nightlife on this small is. After sundown some of the restaurants stay open till 9pm. However, beyond this the island shuts down--it was meant for lovers to be together in their room.
Dress Code: Most eateries on this island have sand for floors. Formals would be a bit incongruent.
At night, take a short walk on a beach or just go outside the room and look up the sky. You'd be amazed by the millions of beautiful shining stars and milky ways.
I always enjoy looking at stars finding the big dipper, orion, Cassiopeia, etc. It's easy to find them in a city since you only see the brightest starts. But here, you see lots more. You realize how many starts are up there, and it's so difficult to find the usual suspects. Just look up and enjoy, maybe you are lucky enough to see a shooting star.
When you are based around Point Matira you can only see the sunrise. If you want to see the sun set than do what we did and make a sunset cruise. It's wonderful!
We went with the Taaroa, a catamaran located near the Sofitel Marara hotel. The catamaran can accommodate 16 passengers for the sunset cruise. They will pick you up at the pier of your hotel by 4:30 pm and will bring you to the other side of the island where you will have an amazing sunset (of course, depending on the amount of clouds). Enjoy the sun set at around 5:30 pm while drinking a cocktail (with or without alcohol) provided by the crew.
The trip takes 2 hours and you have to pay 3800 CFP (32 EUR) per person.
Dress Code: Casual but bring something with long sleeves for when it gets dark. It will be a little bit windy on the boat.
I am a night owl, but when in paradise, I had to buck-up and rise & shine.
I suggust you get up with the sun to get your full enjoyment of each day!
Dress Code: Total Casual. Most women don't wear tops on the beach. More-so liberating than perverse - so don't be a fuddy-duddy!
And here it is, my best pic taken on the sunset cruise. That day there were quite some clouds, but nevertheless, we had a wonderful sunset.