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Vaima Polynesian Bar and Restaurant

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International, Vegetarian, Polynesian
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Vaimaanga | PO Box 1050, Titikaveka CK9999, Cook Islands
00682 26123
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: We are situated right on the beach. Imagine sitting on the beach with the...
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 privet functions and weddings. Look forward to seeing you at the Vaima.
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Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Dining on a budget

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    Very good
  • 40
    Average
  • 18
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  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Beautiful Meal

We had an amazing meal at Vaima. Service, food, location ( right on the beach) was fantastic, would rate as one of best meals have experienced.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
Stephanie570
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Rotorua, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Rotorua, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

We had an amazing meal at Vaima. Service, food, location ( right on the beach) was fantastic, would rate as one of best meals have experienced.

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Papamoa, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

What a fantastic venue. I spent my Rarotonga birthday and my New Zealand birthday dinners here. Feet in the sand, sunset,a mojito delicious food and a fantastic young waitress. She welcomed us the four times we visited Vaima while in Raro. Yes I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

My partner & I wished we had found Vaima on our first night on the island! What a beautiful place to dine. On our last night (with only a couple of hours before our flight back to New Zealand) we decided to reserve a table at Vaima - recommended by Lagoon Breeze Villas. Since we had already returned our scooter... More 

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Auckland NZ
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45 reviews 45 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Don't bother going to this restaurant with children. We attempted to visit however were turned away as we had our 8 and 4 year old with us. Very disappointed.

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Vaima, Owner at Vaima Polynesian Bar and Restaurant, responded to this review

We are unsure if this review was about the Vaima Restaurant. We do accept families with children, please look at previous posts. We had a family with an 11 year old last night who celebrated her birthday with a cake! We make birthday cakes! The only reason they could have been turned away would have been if we were fully... More 

Tauranga, New Zealand
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Stunning location, we dined on the beach, it was a remarkable sunset. We had some amazing mojitos! ordered a bottle of wine, both had entrees, mains and desert! The entrees were awesome and the mains were lovely apart from both of out potato servings were raw. the desert was divine, the staff were really attentive and the service of being... More 

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NEW ZEALAND
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Having visited Rarotonga over the past 12 years or more, we have always made Vaima one of our must returns. When first we dined at Vaima the atmostphere was wonderful, the maitais superb and hosted so well and with a singer several nights - food simple but everything very well done - we loved the coconut crumbed schnitzel with pawpaw... More 

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Auckland
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39 reviews 39 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We had a really lovely dinner at Vaima during our recent stay in Rarotonga. We arrived without a booking and were given a fantastic table right on the beach where we could watch the sunset. The staff were professional and friendly, the service prompt and the food was lovely and good value for money. The seafood curry is great!

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Queensland
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Love love loved this restaurant! Best pork belly I have ever eaten and the crackling on top was to die for! Large portions also, making good value for money. Gorgeous setting with tables right on the beach. Service was very good, lovely friendly staff. They also provide free pick up and drop off from your accomodation. An all round wonderful... More 

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Lovely food, unhurried with a great ambience. Table for two on the beach, the stars were twinkling. Where else could you experience this.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We ate at Vaima several times during our week in Rarotonga. Every time the food was an absolute sensation and the location superb. Their scallop entree is so good we couldn't talk ourselves into trying anything else, but their Ika Mata was equally as superb - their signature dish fish curry - amazing. Could talk about this place for hours.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Vaimaanga | PO Box 1050, Titikaveka CK9999, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Titikaveka
  • Phone Number: 00682 26123

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 32
  • Cuisine: International, Vegetarian, Polynesian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget

Description

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 privet functions and weddings. Look forward to seeing you at the Vaima.

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