We will be honeymooning in September or October and are looking at the South Pacific. After doing some research, it sounds like Taveuni Island may be the best destination for us in Fiji. We're also looking at Rarotonga. The two options both seem to have what we're looking for in terms of a town or two (not just a resort), decent beaches, snorkeling, restaurants, and varied/lush interior landscapes. We're not looking for total isolation and a small island with one resort doesn't appeal to us - we'd like a chance to see local culture, visit a village, eat varied food, etc. We're aiming for moderate costs, so are looking at mid-range hotels or perhaps self-catering.
One plus for Rarotonga is that once the flight lands, we'd be at our destination, whereas with Taveuni we'd need to take another flight. One minus for Rarotonga is that there's only one nonstop flight per week from LA, which limits our scheduling options.
Does anyone here has opinions about the pros and cons of Rarotonga vs. Taveuni specifically? I came on this forum a few weeks ago with questions about Fiji more generally, but now that we've narrowed down to a specific area of Fiji I thought I'd check in again. In particular, I don't know much about beaches on Taveuni and how they would compare with Rarotonga. I'm posting this both here and on the Cook Islands forum and would be grateful for any advice or opinions. Thank you!