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Sands Restaurant

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Vegetarian, Contemporary, Pacific Rim
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Moana Sands Hotel, Titikaveka, Cook Islands
+682 27189
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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  • 68
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Craving over n over

We had been to the sands for dinner n it was awesome n best good ever in Rarotonga deserts were not very satisfying so we went to Vaima Polynesian rest n bar for deserts

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 9, 2015
Criskyal
via mobile
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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142 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015 via mobile

We had been to the sands for dinner n it was awesome n best good ever in Rarotonga deserts were not very satisfying so we went to Vaima Polynesian rest n bar for deserts

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NZ
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Excellent spot on the beach but small dinners, havn't changed the menu, used to have an amazing cheesecake, not any more, pretty average with high prices, wont go again

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Marbella
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 via mobile

The location is simply amazing, outside the view is perfect for having dinner when the sun comes down. The food is very good, especially fish, and the service is nice and quick !

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Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

A fantastic relaxed place by the beach with superb Tuna or Mahi mahi sandwiches - best I've ever experienced. Nice service. Casual - served out of a container. I'll definitely be back if I'm in Rarotonge again.

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Wellsford, New Zealand
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Had dinner there one evening and our table was almost right on the beach Perfect!! We had great service and a superb dinner . We were able to watch the sunset. The only dislike was that although the pamphlet said pickup was available when I checked about that it was a no go also to be taken home it cost... More 

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Ashburton, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Loved the food and the pina coladas :) The view is to die for and the service is wonderful. Will definitely be back here again one day.

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Te Aroha, New Zealand
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We have been here before a couple of times, two years ago. We went back to see if it was still good and we weren't disappointed. There is now seating on the beach which is idyllic when the sun is setting and the flares and lights are lit. The meal was great and we followed up with the coconut and... More 

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Essex
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227 reviews 227 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

You are advised to book because the lagoon facing area is quire small. The food is very good and the service fine. Beware the 3% surcharge for paying by credit card!

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Brisbane
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42 reviews 42 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We ate at Sands on our first night on the island as it is very close to where we are staying. The food was nice and it is fairly priced in comparison to other eateries on the island.

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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 via mobile

18 months ago, great, loved it. This time? Bland, uninspired and very poor cocktails (think they ran out of pineapple juice). Last time I didn't review, would have been a five star. This time three, so I split the difference!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Moana Sands Hotel, Titikaveka, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Titikaveka
  • Phone Number: +682 27189

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 23
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian, Contemporary, Pacific Rim

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?