Captain Cook Reef Endeavour 12 day trip
Overall rating - 4 stars
snorkel daily on inner reefs
visit remote villages
unique experience due to remote island visits not covered by most tours
Cyclone Winston in 2016 damaged many coral reefs, lower ratings due to damage
(We have snorkeled for 25 years, so I was critical on reef reviews. You may give higher ratings.)
Most snorkel trips last 45 minutes in the water
Rating is based on coral variety, size, area, general health
Large launch seats 40, has 8 step ladder for climbing aboard after snorkel
Small launches seat 16, have 3 step ladder
Captain Cook private island - not a snorkel site, sand island just offshore
Makogai - snorkel - 3, visit abandoned leper village - 1
Taveuni water fall hike / lunch - 4, snorkel - 5
Wailagilala - snorkel - 1, coral sand - 5
Vanuabalavu - snorkel - 3, tour inlet islands - 5
Oneata - Sunday church service in the village - 5, snorkel - 4
Fulaga - tour inlet islands - 5, snorkel - 3, fish - 5
Vuaqava - inland hike to lake (skipped), snorkel - 2
Kabara - snorkel - 5, fish - 5 village visit to school performance - 5
Totoya - village visit to school performance - 5, snorkel - 3, fish - 4
(on the school chalk board: what has 4, 6, 8 legs? what has backbone? what swims? what walks?)
Kadavu - snorkel - 3, fish - 5
FD$1 = US$0.50
Drinks are FD$7.50 for beer, FD$27 for tropical drinks, FD$65 Pinot Grigio, soda FD$7
Food is buffet for breakfast and lunch and some dinners. Good quality and moderate variety.
(This is an adventure tour, not a gourmet food experience)
Service is 5 star. Staff has been selected for friendly, courteous service. Several knew our names by end of voyage. They also perform in sing and dance shows after dinner.
Built in 1995, 130 guest capacity, we had 75. Purpose built for island visits.
Huge stern hydraulic launch platform that lifted boats out of water for boarding.
We had Ocean room on level 3 (level of bar and pool) with door to perimeter walkway. Cleaned daily, new towels if desired. Bathroom for one at a a time. Nice, clean, roomy bedroom. We had bow area room so anchor drop and recovery was a surprise the first few days.
Prior to C.C. tour, we stayed in the Yasawa Chain at Waya Island at the Octopus Resort for 4 days/nights. Reef is 5 star just wade in and swim to it. We had ocean view Bure with AC. Great sandy beach, pool, many lounge chairs/swings. Popular with the backpack millennials who use the swift ferry to travel between islands in the Yasawa's. Good food with limited menu. Friendly staff. You feel very remote when you look out to sea.