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fiji or cook islands?

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1. Posted by hyypiaem (Full Member 69 posts) 11y

Trying to pick out of the 2? any suggestions as to which one? x

2. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 11y

Depends what you're looking for I guess. I really liked them both. If you're looking for a party and to just lay in the sun, I'd hit Fiji. Raratonga is a little on the mellow side, but I really liked it as well. I found the Cook Islands less geared towards tourism, which is good and/or bad depending on what you're looking for. I found them a lot less concerned with parting you from your money. Just my impression, they're both amazing in different respects.

3. Posted by kuschi (Budding Member 11 posts) 11y


We have been to both Fiji and the Cook islands this year as part of our RTW Tour.

Both are very different places. We stayed for 14 days in Fiji, but made the mistake of booking in advance for the whole time to stay on the mainland. We stayed for 3 nights in the Travellers Beach Resort which is very cheap and right by the sea, unfortunatley the sea was not very clear, not sure if it was the after effect from the tornado that they had there a few months previous but it was not swimmable. The next 10 days we stayed in a very nice hotel called the Mecure about 10 mins from the beach but it had a great pool and there were a few bars and restaurant in the local area, one i have to recommend is the Bounty!! And Ed's bar for a good boogie!! The main town is a bit dodgy and I would avoid it at all costs, we travelled the the city of Suva for an overnight stay and that was also an experience.

We took a couple of boat trips to the islands of Fiji and they were like paradise, the sea was clear and there seems to be a good selection of different types of accomodation available. There is a regular ferry service to all the islands and so there is no problem getting there!.

Now onto the Cook Islands..... here it is verrrrryyy laid back! The island is only about 20 miles long and so there is a bus that goes around it every hour so nothing is realy out of your reach. We stayed in some great bungalow, just off the beach. The sand is white and the sea is clear. Most of the island is surrounded by a shallow lagoon and so it doesn't really get above waist height. There is good opportunity to see some great fish, but there are also plenty of sea slugs.... not very pretty and you have to navigate your way through them on the sea bed.

We were there in May and we found the weather quite changeable with the odd day of heavy rain, but all in all very laid back.... there are a few bars in the main twon but you will find most of the hotels have bars in them. We spent 10 days there and our 1st wedding anniversary there and so we really wanted a quiet retreat and a rest from travelling for a while and we certainly got that!

Both are very different places.... if I was to go back to Fiji I would stay away from the mainland and head for the islands.

I hope this is of help