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Local cuisine, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, View, Groups, Bar Scene
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.
US$9 - US$26
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Waterfront, Beach
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Reviewed 17 May 2020

We had fancy dinner night at Vaima during our Cook Islands visit and found it to be a good experience overall. This is more of an upscale restaurant with full-service options. I had the curry, my wife had scallops and we shared tempura prawns. The...More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 31 March 2020

Absolutely 5 star choice for food, service and location. Sat at a table on the beach and service was excellent as was the food and price. Didn't want to leave as such a beautiful spot.

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 24 March 2020

This restaurant was recommended to us by our resort and we were very happy with it! I had the fish and chips and my fiance had the beef wellington and they were both delicious. It was definitely one of our favorite meals of the trip!

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 16 March 2020

We dined directly on the beach with our toes in the sand. The fish - Mahi Mahi - was exquisite and probably the best meal we had on the island. The staff were friendly and attentive. If you are looking for a place for a...More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 11 March 2020

My wife and I ate here about 4 times during our 6 week honeymoon. Great food and staff. They often host an amazing local musician named Rudy Aquino. Worth a visit for the live music and food.

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 4 March 2020 via mobile

3 of the 4 meals we received were not what we ordered. By the time they rectified the situation, the first person had already finished his meal. When we expressed our displeasure we were told we had to return an hour later to discuss it...More

Date of visit: February 2020
Vaima, Manager at Vaima Polynesian Bar and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2020

Kia Orana, We are sorry that you had an unpleasant experience dining with us. However your review is not a factual account of the situation. When our staff discovered you had been given the incorrect meals, your group was given the choice of having the...More

Reviewed 4 March 2020

My wife and I dined here mid-February 2020 and absolutely loved the whole experience. They even picked us up and dropped us back to our resort after dinner, which was a pleasant surprise and a welcome touch. The setting is truly idyllic, with our table...More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 26 February 2020

We booked dinner for 4 people on a Sunday evening in mid-February. Because it is low season, we were asked to eat early – 7pm – as there were few reservations that evening. Our table – right down on the sand was just a perfect...More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 21 February 2020

We dined at Vaima twice during a 14 day stay on Rarotonga. The food, beverage and service on both occasions was very good as was the setting, beachside. The main menu provides many options that will please most tastes. Portions are healthy and we chose...More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 15 February 2020 via mobile

Right on the beach, this restaurant is nestled away in the takitimu district - a lot quieter than in town, and you will not be disappointed. Beautiful cocktails, affordable drinks and beautiful kai (food)

Date of visit: February 2020
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21 May 2020|
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Response from Chris H | Reviewed this property |
Sorry - we only drink wine or ber
15 September 2017|
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Response from Sakura1990_101 | Reviewed this property |
Yes but make sure to book a table..
19 December 2016|
Response from Vaima | Property representative |
Hi, the only day we are closed is Christmas Day. We are open for lunch and dinner right through the Festive Season. Only day not serving lunch is New Years Day, 1st Jan 2017. Hope to see you at the Vaima - bookings... More
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Frequently Asked Questions about Vaima Polynesian Bar and Restaurant

  • Yes, Vaima Polynesian Bar and Restaurant offers takeaway services.

  • Yes, Vaima Polynesian Bar and Restaurant offers delivery services.

  • Vaima Polynesian Bar and Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4.5
    • Value: 4
    • Atmosphere: 4.5