I am hoping there is someone out there that has been to both the Cook Islands and Fiji (Yasawa Islands) and can help me out. My husband and I have been to Raro and Aitutaki, and absolutely fell in love with the Cook Islands. We have also been to French Polynesia (Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, Rangiroa, Tahaa, and Raiatea) and liked that too, but much preferred the Cooks (atmosphere, people, and snorkeling we thought was better too). We loved the snorkeling in Aitutaki, it was the most spectacular snorkeling we have ever done, but actually enjoyed Raro more as we didn't have to take a boat out to snorkel all day every day if we wanted to as the lagoon is beautiful right at your doorstep.
The point of this post is that we have never been to Fiji, and now have an opportunity to go in April of 2016. I was wondering if anyone can help me out with comparisons between Raro/Aitutaki snorkeling to the Yasawas?? I would hate to go all the way to Fiji to be disappointed with the snorkeling when comparing to the Cooks and FP (which has ruined all forms of snorkeling in the Caribbean for me for life btw, but I'm ok with it lol).
The hotels we are looking at in Fiji are Blue Lagoon, Octopus Resort, and possibly Botaira Resort. We have a mid-range budget and need private facilities (budget is no more than $250-300/nt including food). If the snorkeling would be massively better for slightly more than that budget, we are open to suggestions!! We plan to stay for 10-11 nights.
I have also posted this question in the Cook Islands forum.
Thanks in advance for any help!!