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Vaima Polynesian Bar and Restaurant

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Seafood, European, Pacific Rim, Gluten Free, New Zealand
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Vaimaanga, Titikaveka CK9999, Cook Islands
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Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

To be quick - just look at the heading. It's true. I won't waste your time. I am the first Australian Ambassador to Cook Island Tourism, blessed to be so. Simply. This a wonderful experience. From the beach setting, to the sunset, to the company, to the owners and staff and the wonderful, wonderful food. Go to the place -... More 

Thank Tim B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great location, food and atmosphere... we had an amazing night there under the stars... special and magical atmosphere with live music and the carefree island style that draws you in. Relax and chill here like no other place.

Thank Mark B
Tairua, New Zealand
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a popular place every night so do book ahead and request a beachfront table. The venue appears casual but the food surpasses the setting with its high standard. Meal prices are reflective of the high quality though I think they also do pizzas too for a more casual meal. Perfect venue for a family wanting a nice meal... More 

Thank donnaju02
Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We struck a gorgeous evening to dine outdoors under the moonlight with the sand beneath our feet. Top notch place to dine, great menu. We were picked up from Aroa area and delivered home the moment we had finished. The staff here are very professional and have the system fine tuned. I think Sandra and Boogie were playing the night... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food was simple delicious, so fresh and tasty. Served to perfection. Staff so friendly and delightful. Amazing beach setting very romantic

Thank TraceynPete H
Marton, New Zealand
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant is just 200 metres north of the Moana Sands Villas where we were staying. We enjoyed 2 meals here. All of our food choices (there were three of us) were great and the service excellent. They have everyone outside on the beach but also reserve a table inside for all the guests in case it rains. What a... More 

Thank mikejones365
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family can't stop raving about this place...food was amazing, the pork belly is to die for and staff were great -beautiful and friendly...it did take a while for our food to come out but the fabulous singing by your female soloist and her guitar all night made up for it (amazing) We are so glad we came back to... More 

Thank MaiohaRhiannon
Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family of 6 (2 adults, 2 teens, twins aged 11yrs) enjoyed a lovely dinner on the beach here. The service was a little slow to begin but was friendly - we probably came at a popular time. The food was wonderful and the live music was a real bonus. It was full the night we were there so definitely... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic meal here. It is quite stark inside (it was too rainy to sit by the beach) but we were entertained by the fantastic piano player (Garth?), very retro and cool it lifted the ambience considerably. Great service. The food is outstanding, best meal on the island! My partner said it's the best steak he's had on Raro & is... More 

1 Thank Loulo00
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39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely dinner on the beach under an enormous coconut tree. I had the fish curry which was so yummy that I could have eaten all again if it hadn't filled me up so much! I would highly recommend the Vaima.

Thank Cheryl Burton

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$9 - $32
Seafood, European, Pacific Rim, Gluten Free, New Zealand
Dinner, Late Night
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
Romantic, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Special occasions, Large groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Vaimaanga, Titikaveka CK9999, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Titikaveka
  • Phone Number: 68226123
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?