Sunset Luaus on the Bay Tuesdays and Fridays in the Summer

A San Diego summer tradition on the shores of Mission Bay, the annual Sunset Luaus are a festive celebration of Polynesian food, music, and dances perfect for family and friends. The memorable luau experience includes a lei, Mai Tai, all-you-can-eat buffet, and entertainment. Local luau group Pride of Polynesia provides the authentic island music and dance, featuring hula and fiery torch dancers.

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Program Schedule

3:30 p.m.
New! Polynesian Village (open to the public)

5:30 p.m.
Doors Open - Premium Seating 

6:00 p.m.
Doors Open - General Admission 

6:15 p.m.
Live Music

6:45 p.m.
All-You-Can-Eat Buffet

7:45 p.m. - 8:50 p.m.
Live Performance by Pride of Polynesia

Sunset Luau VIP ExperienceNEW! Premium Seating

Upgrade your experience to be a Sunset Luau VIP! This exclusive Premium Seating ticket includes a meet and greet with the Pride of Polynesia performers, reserved seating close to the stage, and admission to the event prior to general ticket holders. 

With limited availability, Premium Seating will sell out quickly!

NEW Experience! Polynesian Village Open on Performance Days | 3:30 p.m

This summer, the sandy shores of Mission Bay will transform into an enchanting Polynesian Village. Open to the public, experience a myriad of interactive activities including hula lessons, live tiki carving, coconut splitting demonstrations, and lei making. Guests can also browse through local vendors showcasing grass skirts, Polynesian crafts and jewelry, and refreshing Hawaiian shaved ice.

Sunset Luau Menu

Be transported to the islands with an impressive display of luau dishes including Kalua roast pig and pork loin, spicy shrimp and grilled pineapple salad, and Hawaiian sweet rolls. Save room for dessert with tempting treats like coconut cream cake.


Tossed Kula Greens
with Poppyseed and Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressings

Ginger Curry Chicken Salad
with Macadamia Nuts

Spicy Bay Shrimp and Grilled Pineapple Salad

Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumbers and Shredded Carrots

Traditional Macaroni Salad

Island Pineapple Coleslaw

Tropical Fruit Display


Kalua Roast Pig and Pork Loin

Ginger Scented Stir Fry
with Snow Peas, Carrots, Maui Onions and Shiitake Vegetables

Roast Salmon
with Ginger Lime Cream Sauce

Shoyu Jasmine Fried Rice
with Toasted Ginger

Huli Huli Chicken
with Grilled Pineapple


Coconut Crusted Chicken Strips
with Sweet/Sour Sauce

Hawaiian Pizza
with Ham and Pineapple

with BBQ Sauce

Pineapple Jell-O

Fresh Cubed Fruit


Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Coconut Cream Cake

Passion Fruit Crème Brûlée

Mini Macadamia Nut Tarts and Cookies



Iced Water and Tropical Iced Tea

Freshly Brewed Coffee and Decaffeinated Coffee

  • Perfect Ladies Night Out

    We had a fantastic time! The food and drinks were really good and the show was a ton of fun! We really enjoyed being transported to the islands for an evening - the setting on Mission Bay was phenomenal. Everyone we interacted with was friendly and welcoming.

    September 2019

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  • Great tropical feel with gorgeous bay views.

    If you Have an opportunity to attend the luau, I highly recommend it!
    It is top notch and rivals any luau that I have seen on the islands.

    September 2019

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  • Catamaran's Sunset Luau were Amazing

    The food was great with the roasted pig and all and the Hawaiian hula dancers and flame twirlers were out of this world! Emma checked us in with her happy smile and Kristina cheerfully lead us to our seats. All the staff is friendly and helpful. It was a good night!

    August 2019

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  • Highlight of Our Summer

    We recently attended a Sunset Luau at the Catamaran and it was probably one of the highlights of our summer. There were dances from the different islands and delicious food. We would have to say - we'll return again to do this next year!

    August 2019

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  • Just Gets Better and Better!

    Their show changes each year so it is always new and fresh. The food was exceptional. Hot, fresh and flavorful, and in a buffet too! Not always an easy task, but the staff handles it with ease and a ready smile. You just can't go wrong here.

    August 2019

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