Restaurants & Eateries on Rarotonga

A unique aspect of your tropical holiday experience is the many and varied eateries that can be found close to Sea Change. The island offers a little of everything – from gourmet cuisine to friendly island-style cafe restaurants.

Eating out on the island is one of the greatest surprises enjoyed by our guests.  The quality and presentation of food in the Cook Islands is very high, and a variety of international dishes are available. The food selection includes superb international cuisine through to the old favourites – Thai, Chinese and Continental are all found within close proximity of the property.

Much of the food used in restaurants comes from New Zealand and is flown in fresh or frozen.  Local produce is also used abundantly.  Bananas, pawpaws, passion fruit, taro, local spinach, and deep ocean fish such as Mahi Mahi, Swordfish and Marlin can be found on many of the menus. Whatever style of cuisine you find tempting, you’ll be impressed by the friendly, helpful service and the quality.

With more than 60 cafes and restaurants on the island, there is something for everyone.  During your personal orientation, or at any time during your stay, our friendly and knowledgable staff would be pleased to make recommendations about dining options.

A sampling of local Restaurants:

Vaima Polynesian Bar & Restaurant

“Vaima” is a favourite of our guests. Set right on the beach on the south side of the island it’s just a short five minute drive from Sea Change. Vaima offers indoor dining or on-the-deck dining but best of all “on-the-beach” dining – wiggle your toes in the sand while you enjoy the mouth-watering food at Vaima. Complimentary pick up and drop off is available for our guests.

The Moorings

Located at Muri Beach near the night market, Jill and her team serve a delicious lunch using freshly caught fish provided by her husband . With fresh Turkish bread and salad, these fish sandwiches have to be some of the healthiest – and yummiest lunches on the island.

Beluga Cafe

This new little cafe has fast become a favourite of our guests and our staff. Situated in the village of Arorangi, about a 12 minute clockwise drive from Sea Change, this is definitely worth the extra few minutes to get there.

LBV (Le Bon Vivant) – Restaurant

This French cafe located in Muri Beach (4km from Sea Change) is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and you’ll find LBV will soon become a favourite during your stay. Offering delicious pastries, coffees and savouries for breakfast and lunch as well as hot dishes such as apple and blueberry pancakes, eggs Benedict and croquet madame take away or dining in. LBV offers mouthwatering dinner options such as slow baked MaiMai, potato gnochi with tomato caper butter – delicious!

Tamarind House – Restaurant & Bar

Located three minutes clockwise from the centre of Avarua. A restored unique heritage colonial house, set in a very large and tranquil garden overlooking the ocean. Perfect for weddings. Open for brunch and lunch. Open for dinner from 6pm.

The Waterline Bar and Grill

Situated at Aorangi on the Sunset side of the island, this quintessential Robinson Crusoe style restaurant located right on the beach is the perfect spot to enjoy a Sundowner. Join them for live music on a Wednesday night.

Trader Jacks

Situated in the main township of Avarua on the waterside of the main road is an institution in the Cook Islands. Overlooking the water of Avarua harbour, the restaurant enjoys a stunning setting, along with a reputation for quality dining, with superb, freshly caught seafood a feature. The sea breeze and beautiful views make it a wonderful location for a relaxing afternoon meal.

As the sun sets over the water the bar area begins to fill with the dinner crowd and those looking for a cool drink. Watch out for the colourful local characters from politicians to business people who congregate at the bar to catch up on all the local island gossip.

Live music is provided at weekends from some of the best bands on Rarotonga. Red and white meat dishes are featured, but the emphasis is most definitely on the wonderful variety of locally caught seafood.