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Vaima Polynesian Bar and Restaurant

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Vaimaanga, Titikaveka CK9999, Cook Islands
+682 26 123
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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Incredible beach dining, excellent food and staff, good prices. We loved it. The best place we ate during our week in Raro.

Thank Melissa H
Melbourne, Australia
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed our dinner here. Drinks a little slow to come out, but once arrived were delicious. Food was fast despite them being busy. Entrees were salt and pepper squid and ika mata - both tasty. Mains were seafood curry and wahoo poached in coconut and lime. Wahoo was great. Tuna and marlin in curry was a little over cooked... More 

1 Thank loshell
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Decided at the last minute to drop in for lunch - it was 1.40pm on Sunday and most restaurants close at 2pm. We were welcomed by the staff, and assured that there was more than enough time for us to have lunch. We were offered the picnic table right on the beach under a tree, and not once were we... More 

Thank Bert C
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We (a couple) had dinner here on Saturday 18th March, we usually love Vaima. BUT to have frozen NZ Hoki in most of the Fish dishes, except one that had Marlin, is not what we come to Rarotonga for. That morning we had just bought fresh fish Yellowfin tuna, and Mahi-mahi from Ocean Fresh shop in town. A very disappointing... More 

Thank Lorraine1811027
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182 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hubby and I went for dinner on our last night. Recommend you go to book prior as I tried but was unsuccessful in getting an earlier night. We were seated out the back on the beachside under the stars which was lovely. We had lovely cocktails and the meal was delicious. Warm and friendly service and was a great end... More 

Thank lucystarbuck
Burleigh Heads, Australia
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391 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you want to sit right on the lagoon with the sand under your feet then this is your restaurant! Popped in and shared a pizza and enjoyed a pina colada whilst overlooking the lagoon. The local dogs dropped by for a pat, and scraps and we had a great meal. Was looking forward to sharing the brulee trio to... More 

Thank Amanda C
Calgary, AB Canada
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was amazing. Awesome views. Great staff. The food was very good and very well presented. Our food took a little longer than they expected and they topped up our wine for free. It was an excellent last night meal before leaving the island.

Thank DandBadventures
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food is to die for!!! Would definitely recommend Vaima for a romantic dinner on the beach! We'll be back for sure!

Thank Jimmy W
Brights Grove
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Slow service, overpriced food. Good entertainment. Wife said her shrimp cocktail was too gooey. Paid $60NZ for 2 appetizers, a beer, and a bottle of water.

Thank Allen & Judith C
Sydney, Australia
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17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant was recommended to us from a tour bookings lady and we are so glad we listened to her. The food is amazing, the service was good and the location is just beautiful. We went for dinner twice and lunch once. At night you literally sit with the sand under your feet and the stars above your head and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 9 - USD 32
Seafood, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
View, Kids, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Vaimaanga, Titikaveka CK9999, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Titikaveka
  • Phone Number: +682 26 123
We are situated right on the beach. Imagine sitting on the beach with the sun setting, sipping your favourite cocktail and enjoying some of the best cuisine on the island - how romantic! We also offer a pizza take away service - forget the cooking - enjoy our pizza in your room/hotel or just sit on the beach with your feet in the water enjoying the food. We can cater for small private functions and weddings. Look forward to seeing you at the Vaima. We recommend that families book between 5.30 and 6.30 pm.

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