The Polynesian roots of the Cook Islands create a magical atmosphere through traditional songs and dancing. Traditional dance is the most prominent art form of the Cook Islands. Each island has its own unique dances that are taught to all children, and each island is home to several annual competitions. Traditional dances are generally accompanied by the drumming of the pate, a Samoan percussion instrument of Tahitian origin. It’s easy to immerse yourself in the culture of the Cook Islands by experiencing the music up close and personal.