When is the best time to visit Fiji?
Those looking for the perfect beach vacation need look no further than Fiji, an archipelago of more than 300 captivating islands. Find the best time to visit Fiji so you can relax on the island’s sun-drenched beaches, and swim its crystal clear waters.
The months of July, August, December, and January are the most popular due to school vacations, so plan your trip well in advance if you are visiting during those months.
The months of May, June, September, and October experience pleasant temperatures, dry days, and fall outside the school vacation season, making it some of the best months to travel to Fiji.
It’s the middle of the wet season, but January is a popular time to visit the islands due to Australian and New Zealand school holidays. Temperatures are around 86°F across the islands, and humidity levels are high.
- Make your way to Colo-i-Suva Forest Park to catch sight of the most exotic birds
- When the skies clear up, head to the beaches and work on that perfect tan
There are chances of cyclones hitting the islands during the month. Due to high rainfall levels and peripheral winds that cause choppy sea conditions, February is not a popular month to visit the islands.
- Savor the best of Fijian cuisine
- Visit the colorful Nadi Temple
- Witness an incredible fire walking ceremony, an age old tradition where Fijian men walk over a bed of hot stones
March sees the most amount of rainfall across the islands. The capital, Suva, experiences 21-23 days of rain during the month. Sea conditions are rough, making travel to and from the islands challenging.
- Hike to Tavoro Falls, now full after the monsoons
- Sit back and relax amid the island’s blues and greens
Rainfall levels reduce by half in some of the islands, but April is still a wet month. Day time highs are in the mid-80s, and it is no longer as humid as it was in the previous months.
- For a glimpse into the island’s lush interiors and rich culture, go on a Sigatoka River Safari
- Spend some time kayaking over Fiji’s turquoise blue waters
May heralds the start of the dry season. Temperatures are around 80°F-82°F, and sea conditions start to get better. The second half of the month is a good time to visit the islands
- Head to Mamanuca islands to watch experienced surfers catch some of the biggest waves
- Hike your way to Des Voeux Peak and be rewarded with stunning vistas
With the skies clearing up, temperatures in the low 80s, excellent water clarity, and the summer crowds yet to arrive, June is one of the best times to visit Fiji.
- Dive in at Monuriki Island for a fascinating coral reef show
- It’s the perfect time to go island hopping
With Australian and New Zealand schools closing for summer, July is one of the busiest months of the year. The weather is mostly dry. Day time temperatures are in the high 70s while nighttime lows are in the upper 60s.
- The Bula Festival is the perfect introduction to the island’s culture
- Get an adrenaline high with water sports at the Mamanucas Islands
With blue skies and pleasant temperatures, it continues to be a busy time of the year. Water temperatures are a warm 78°F, and it’s the perfect time to indulge in water activities.
- Beauty pageants, live music, and free entertainment are part of the Fiji Hibiscus Festival
- Head out for a hike in the Garden Island of Taveuni and discover the region’s rich biodiversity
September falls just outside the high tourist season and is a great month to visit Fiji. Temperatures are warm, humidity is low, and water conditions are just right for snorkeling and scuba diving.
- Get a bird’s eye view of the islands with an exciting helicopter ride
- Experience the warmth and genuine hospitality of Fijians as you explore the green countryside
It’s the last dry month before the monsoon season sets in. Temperatures inch up into the 80s and the seas are warmers too. Weather conditions in the first half of the month are conducive for a beach vacation
- Fiji Day is celebrated with colorful parades and cultural programs
- There are plenty of underwater marvels to see at the ‘Soft Coral Capital of the World’
With rainfall levels increasing, the monsoons set in firmly. Temperatures inch up as do humidity levels. Head to the western side of Viti Levu near Nadi that experiences lesser rain if you are visiting the islands.
- See the Hindu ‘Festival of Lights,’ Diwali, celebrated with much pomp and joy
- Explore the sights, sounds and flavors of Suva’s Municipal market
Rains notwithstanding, December is a popular tourist month in Fiji. While rain spells are heavy and brief, there is a chance of flooding and boat and plane schedules getting affected during this month.
- Get a traditional welcome with a Kava ceremony at Navala village
- Pamper yourself with a banana leaf massage
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Best Time to Visit by Season
A perfect beach destination, Fiji sees temperatures in the range of 78°F to 88°F throughout the year.
The islands of Fiji experience a typical tropical weather system – with a cool, dry period that runs from May to October that the locals refer to as winter and a wet season that runs from November to March. Fiji sees the maximum number of tourists in July and August. Warmer temperatures and humid conditions characterize the wet season. Rain showers during the wet months are typically heavy but short lived. Cyclones are not uncommon during this time.
The bigger islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu receive significantly more rainfall than the smaller islands. Due to the trade winds, the capital Suva, which is on the south-eastern side of Viti Levu, sees a lot more rain than the northern parts of the island.
What to Pack for Fiji
With endless beaches to explore and water activities to try out, swimsuits need to be an essential part of your luggage. High SPF sunscreen, sunglasses, and sun hats are also a must. If you are planning to spend most of your time on the beach, a tote bag will prove useful. Also, remember to pack a sarong or cover-up as you shift from the poolside to the lunch table to the beachside. While flip flops work well for the beach, you will need walking shoes if you are planning to hike or explore the interiors. Do remember to dress modestly while visiting the villages on the islands – tops covering the shoulders and knee-length shorts or dresses are recommended.
While the months from November to March see the maximum rainfall, it can also rain outside of these months. It is best to carry good quality rainwear for times when you might get caught in a sudden downpour. Also, pack a light shawl or cardigan for those windy evenings that might bring about a slight chill.
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