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Tokelau has only one restaurant, which is in the only hotel. If you are staying at the Luana Liki, you will get three emals per day included in the price - which is just as well, since there are no other dining options! If you are not staying there, you can pay for individual meals.
Don't expect high class cuisine - typical of low-lying coral atolls, almost nothing grows in Tokelau, the staples being coconut and taro. Therefore the majority of the food you are given at the Luana Liki comes out of cans imported from Samoa - gristly chicken curry, frankfurters, tinned meat and vegetables, tinned fruit salad - served with rice or taro. A limited amount of fresh fruit and bread is available in the few days after the cargo has unloaded. or if you're lucky, somebody will have caught some fish.
Alcohol is strictly limited in Nukunonu so you will in all likelihood be drinking juice, water, tea or coffee with your meals.
Favorite Dish: Any fresh fish of any description is a blissful diversion from the yucky tinned chicken and meat which is usually served.
Note: any complaints are not directed against the establishment or its staff. It's just unfortunate, and nobody's fault, that Tokelau is extremely limited in what in can offer food-wise.
Updated Jul 13, 2007
Address: Luana Liki Hotel, Nukunonu
Whether you take the lunch trip option, or elect to stay overnight, Sydney Island in Nukunonu is a fantastic destination and experience.
The island belongs to the owner of the Luana Liki Hotel, who will take you there and back for the price of the petrol. If just going for lunch, you will get barbecued fish, caught just minutes before it is served. Delicious.
If you decide to stay overnight, you will be shown where and how to catch lobsters, and provided with the means to cook them.
Written Jul 6, 2007
You get three meals included in your ticket price travelling on the MV Tokelau cargo ship, but the only way you'd choose to eat what they dish up is if... well, if you're on the high seas of the Pacific Ocean on a nine-day boat trip!
A typical meal comprises of rice and a helping of some kind of disgusting tinned meat, most of which is gristle, skin and bone.
I strongly recommend taking some snacks and fruit of your own, and that you head to the restaurant of the Luana Liki Hotel when moored at Nukunonu. It's worth the extra expense.
Favorite Dish: Unlimited drinking water.
Written Jul 6, 2007