Fiji is a year-round destination with warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine throughout the year. The most popular time to visit is between May and October when the weather is at its best – think blue skies, low humidity and little rain. The monsoon season (November to April) coincides with the off-season, but for travellers who don't mind a few downpours, it's a great time to explore without big crowds (excluding December which sees a rush of holiday season tourists).
Travelling in the shoulder months is also a good option as the weather isn't too wet and crowds are fairly thin.
What's the weather like in Fiji?
Like other South Pacific nations, Fiji has a tropical maritime climate with balmy temperatures that rarely dip below the low 20s (°C). There are two seasons: a dry season (May to October) and a wet season (November to April). The wet season is hot and sticky with torrential, but often brief, downpours, with January through March being the wettest period.
The water temperature ranges between 25-30°C. If you want to go snorkelling or diving, the dry season is best as heavy rainfall can affect water visibility.
Average temperatures in Fiji
January to March
April to June
July to September
October to December
Does Fiji experience cyclones?
Hot, humid weather in January and February creates ideal conditions for tropical cyclones. Cyclones may result in heavy rainfall, gale-force winds, storm surges and flooding. Fiji has a great weather warning system in place and there are plenty of local alerts to stay safe.
For great weather – July and August
July and August typically offer the best weather. The average temperature lingers at 26°C and rain is minimal. Expect bigger crowds and higher accommodation prices during these months as they coincide with the winter school holiday period in Australia and New Zealand.
For good weather and smallish crowds – April/May or October/November
The rain tapers down in April and is almost gone by May. Plus, you’ll avoid the influx of Australian and New Zealand tourists who flock to Fiji for some winter sun. You could also visit in November before the festive rush. It might be a little wet, but this makes the waterfalls even more spectacular.
For snorkelling and diving – June to October
The water is warm all year, but the wet season rain can reduce water visibility and make it harder to see all the colourful underwater critters. If you’re keen to jump in and explore Fiji’s underwater world, you'll probably want to book your trip in the dry season – ideally between June and October.
Fijians have a rich culture. If you're looking to learn about traditional customs, you could align your trip with one of these festivals:
- Hibiscus Festival (August): a nine-day community celebration in Suva with traditional music, food stalls and the crowning of the ‘Hibiscus Queen'.
- Bula Festival (July/August): a week-long festival in Nadi to celebrate Fijian culture with colourful floats, music, feasting and dancing.
- South Indian Fire Walking Festival (July/August): a popular Indo-Fijian event that signifies the end of 10 days of abstinence to worship the goddess Maha Devi.
- Lautoka Sugar Festival (September): a festival held in Lautoka, AKA 'Sugar City' to party and celebrate this prosperous trade.
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