The best time to explore Fiji is during May, June, September, and October. Great weather lasts from May to October so if you’re thinking of doing your honeymoon in Fiji, then you should go during these dates.
Fiji Travel Tips
How to Save Money During Your Trip: Don’t go during peak tourist season (July, August, December, and January). Most prices go higher due to the increased demand and flights, and boat rides are easily fully booked.
When to Enjoy The Nightlife: Well, you can explore anytime you want. The only downside that it is less enjoyable during the wet season on smaller and more remote islands, which is usually around November to April.
When to Hit the Beaches: Locals often regard the months from May to October as the dry season or their “winter”. The average temperature during the day is 25oC and can even go lower during the afternoon and evening. The waters are still at a swimmable temperature, but it is preferable to swim during the wet season since the temperatures and humidity are higher (although you should avoid swimming during lightning and thunderstorms). Never forget to bring sun protection even if it is cloudy. Always make sure that you have applied sunscreen.
When to go Snorkeling and Diving: The best time to go is from May to October (up to a month after) as waters during this time are calm and clear which is perfect for underwater activities. The waters can become cloudy during the wet season because of the waves and winds churning up the water although this problem is less common in non-tidal lagoons which are often calm and surrounds atolls and some large islands.
When to Do Outdoor Activities: Since the weather has a massive impact on whether you can do anything outdoors, it is essential to note when you are going to do your activities when you plan your trip. Since the wet season lasts from November to April, this means there is a lot of heavy rainfall that can start landslides and can bring strong winds and high waves in the sea. And when there’s no downpour, humidity can be very unpleasant. Avoid going anywhere if there is a cyclone coming. The best time to do outdoor activities like hiking and surfing is from May to October. Rafting is excellent from December to May.
Seasons in Fiji
(July, August, December, and January) Remember to book in advance during this season as most flights and inter-coastal boat services are full, and hotel bookings easily fill up since it coincides with the rise in tourists. This is when the majority of European tourists comes in due to the holiday season. Tourists from Australia and New Zealand also flock in due to school breaks. You should also note that December and January are in the middle of the wet season so it is possible to have cyclones that can cancel your trip and plans to explore the country.
(May, June, September, and October): This season is near the start and the end of the wet season. There are also fewer numbers of tourists. The weather is delightful with days where it is cool and dry. Travelling is a piece of cake since the weather is tolerable most of the time, and most of the prices have not yet increased. Most outdoor events also start at the end of cyclone season.
Low Season (November, February, March, and April): This time is where you can find great hotel deals, flight and boat rates. The only downside is the weather that you’ll encounter. A lot of services can be canceled during bad weather. There is a considerable possibility of a cyclone hitting the island at this season plus the humidity is high while rains occur often.
Month-By-Month Weather in Fiji
Wondering what’s it like in Fiji at a given month? Read down below to find out:
Smack right at the middle of the wet season, January is one of the peak tourist months, especially with the school holidays in New Zealand and Australia, further increasing the number of tourists. There will be a lot of rainy days. When it’s not raining, temperatures soar to another five degrees with an average maximum of 30oc. High humidity might discourage some people from exploring. Before going out, check for weather updates from the news and this website to check for cyclones.
One cyclone hits Fiji every year on average (there are years when it’s 0) and this is the month where the possibility of having a cyclone coming up is high. Last April 2018, two cyclones hit Fiji in a span of one week. The strongest cyclone to ever hit South Pacific came last February 2016. The cyclone named Winston wreaked havoc on the island. Although most of these cyclones rarely ever hit the major tourist spots, the winds, and rains that they bring affect the ease of transportation. Heavy peripheral rain and winds from cyclone make it more risky to travel by boat, plane or even the road.
Considered as the wettest month on most of the islands, expect short and heavy downpours throughout the days. This makes it more difficult to travel by boat, and some flights might also get canceled. Some parts of the island may become more difficult to access if the areas have damaged and flooded roads. The downpours are short rather than a long cloudy drizzle for days and expect to see sunshine immediately after.
This is the month where the cyclone season typically ends. Heavy rains will gradually decrease in the middle of the month, which gives joy to the locals. Humidity levels will also start to decline. But still, don’t forget to bring your wet gear, especially your umbrella as you might again experience some downpours.
This month marks the end of the season where cyclones can still hit and the official month where the dry season starts. The weather is more relaxed and drier. There are still short and torrential downpours from time to time and can last for a week or two. Snorkelers and divers can start exploring the seas again as the water becomes more transparent and milder waves began to come in, also allowing the surfers to get on their board and heat out to the sea.
During this month, downpours rarely ever happen, and the humidity also drops a bit lower. Skies during this time are bright and clear, which makes the weather perfect for tourists signalizing the start of jam-packed seasons. It will be easier to get a good night’s sleep as night are cooler by comparison to the previous months. At this time, wearing a jumper is enjoyable and does not sound silly at all!
At this time, locals will start to notice the “cold weather”. There are low chances of raining during the day, and you can enjoy exploring with cool and pleasant weather. Temperatures go down to 18oC, making it a bit chilly at night.
With the days getting even milder, the nights will become even colder. Heavy rains are rare and newsworthy. The water is a bit cooler, but you can still enjoy swimming in the sea. The only downside is the rise of tourists coming in from Europe where the weather is most likely hotter.
This is one of the best months to come as the weather is still pleasant and dry. There are also a lot of hotel rates and deals for tourists as the number of tourists go lower.
Marking the end of the dry season, this is the month where cyclones will begin to start returning. Some water sports center will gradually begin to close down one by one. It will be harder for divers and snorkelers to explore underwater as the waters become cloudier. The temperature and humidity will also gradually increase, pushing some surfers to pack up and go somewhere else more tolerable.
This month officially starts the wet season until April. This is also called the “summer” The temperatures will increase by a few degrees Celsius, and you will notice that the humidity is slowly becoming more unpleasant. Cyclones can come in at any time, so make sure that you are up to date with your weather updates. Mountainous islands such as Vanua Levu and Viti Levu will have differing weathers on their coastline.
Continuing the wet season, December will be a month of a heavy downpour of rains. With high humidity and a lot of rainfalls, some holidays can get affected by the weather. The moisture even gets higher before it rains and several tourists from Australia and New Zealand packs to the island since it is a holiday. The flight might get canceled and with some period of raining, expect to see some flooded road although it’s quite seldom to happen and a majority of the time there’s still sunshine.
Most Popular Events in Fiji
Do you want to go when there is an event going on? Then check down below what to expect each month.
- New Year’s Day – festivals at this month can typically last for a week and even up to a month as everyone usually celebrates this holiday. A coconut climbing tree at Denarau in the main island usually takes place.
- Thaipusam – This event can happen at either be in January or February. Hindu-Fijians in downtown Nadi at the Sri Siva Subramaniya temple for about ten days during this period.
- Chinese New Year – This event can happen at either be in January or February. With a massive population of Chinese in a large town, this celebration is celebrated a lot and showcases the traditional lion dance.
- Panguni Uthiram – Can either take place during February or March. This is a lively Hindu festival that takes place at the Sri Suva Subramaniya temple in Nadi.
- Holi – This event happens a day after the full moon. This is the Festival of Colors held by the Fijians all around the world to celebrate the victory of good over evil. Fijians will share sweets and pour color over each other.
- National Youth Day – this is a public holiday sanctioned by the UN.
- Ram Navami – Can take place in either March or April. This is a Hindu festival that usually takes place more in homes rather than temples. In Suva, some worshippers throw flowers in the sea.
- Easter – Can take place in either March or April. Since Fiji is comprised of mostly Christians, this holiday is celebrated throughout the country, especially in the villages. Most restaurants and shops close for four days or the entire Holy Week, and people go to church to celebrate Easter Sunday. Some extremely devoted worshippers would take part in the Fijian crosswalk wherein they would carry a wooden cross on their back and bring it from Suva to Nadi.
- Fiji Pro – This is an international surfing contest that takes place in the Mamanuca islands in May or June.
- Queen’s Birthday – This one is not considered a public holiday, but some people who are royalists still celebrate this. It takes place at the 15th of the month.
- National Sports Day – This sports event widely loved throughout the country started in 2014 and took place at the 26th of the month.
- Fire-walking – This event can either take place in July or August. It is an event done carefully by Hindus in Suva.
- Bula Festival – This event can either take place in July or August. This event coincides with the peak tourist and weather seasons and showcases Fiji. You can watch lively parades and the Miss Bula pageant. You can also eat to the fullest and enjoy Fijian food at different food stalls.
- Fiji Hibiscus Festival – The exact date for this event is changeable. This 9-day long event attracts tourists to watch cultural performances, colorful parades, lively music, and beauty pageants. The whole family will surely enjoy this festival.
- Constitution Day – Started in 2016, this event is held at the 7th of the month. This event commemorates the passing of the Fourth Constitution of Fiji.
- Friendly North Festival – The exact date for this event is changeable. This event happens at the Vanua Levu island and has been held for a long time already.
- Sugar Festival – This weeklong event in Lautoka town in Nadi showcases various parades and beauty pageants. The exact date is changeable each year.
- Fiji Regatta – Held at the Musket Cove Marina by yachties to race and network with each other. The event date is changeable each year.
- Coral Coast Festival – Various lively parades, dance, and music performances are held at Sigatoka on the main island.
- Fiji Day – Held during the 10th of October, this day is the end of Fiji week and celebrates the day when Fiji got its independence.
- Diwali – Held in either October or November, Diwali is a festival celebrated by Hindus all around the globe. Homes are decorated with various lanterns and lights. Candles are also lighted. As part of the celebration, dance and music performances are held at the Uprising Resort located in Pacific Harbor.
- Savusavu Music Festival – This weeklong festival attracts local and international musicians and dancers to perform at the Savusavu town situated in the Vanua Levu island. The exact dates for each year changes.
- Balolo Rising – Traditional communities in different parts of the island celebrates their annual harvest of seaworms a week after the full moon through singing, dancing, and eating.
- Christmas Day – Majority of Fijians celebrate this holiday yearly during the 25th of the month. Most shops and restaurants close down, and only a few public transportation options are available.
- Boxing Day – This event continues the festivities of Christmas and is a held a day after which is on 26th.
- Fara Festival– Celebrated in December or early January. This festival is held at the Rotuma island were partying, dancing, singing, eating, and drinking goes on for six weeks.
- New Year’s Eve – Fijians celebrate the change of a new year by partying, drinking and firework shows especially in Suva.