Best time to visit Fiji: Weather and Seasons

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Fiji enjoys a sub-tropical maritime climate without great extremes of heat or cold. Trade Winds in Fiji mostly come from the southeast; these winds are usually light to moderate, with stronger winds more common in the May to November period. The Fijian weather has a mild, comfortable daytime temperature throughout the year; however, it can climb to above 31 °C (88 °F) in summer (January, February, March, April, and December) and sink to the coolest temperature of 28 °C (82.4°F) in winter (July and August).

When is the best time to visit Fiji?

Aerial View of Fiji – Displaying the magnificent mountains and small villages peaking through the cloud, illuminated by the sun on an overcast day.

Peak Tourism Season in Fiji

Peak Tourist Season – coincides with school holidays in New Zealand and Australia, with the highest number of visitors in the months of June and July when Fiji is the perfect escape from the Southern Hemispheres’ dry winter. The increased prices during these months reflect the demand. Most resorts, however, have air-conditioning or breeze-cooled areas and bures for times when the midday sun hits its peak. But no matter how hot it gets, there are always ways to cool down if you’re staying in one of the many Fiji resorts. The 4-5 star hotels have huge lagoon-style swimming pools or natural air-conditioning provided by the South Pacific ocean breezes and swaying palm trees. It gets hot in the summer in Fiji, but not unbearably so.

Off-Peak Season in Fiji

Off-Peak Season – is between the months of early December and mid-January to March. This is when the quietest and cheapest time to visit Fiji.  Festive seasons – during mid-December to mid-January, there is normally a small spike in tourists as the Festive Season intertwines with the Southern Hemisphere summer break. The weather during these months is cooler, with more frequent short afternoon humid showers.

Spring Break in Fiji

Spring Break – Spring Break occurs normally in the month of November and Fiji has become one of the top destinations for college students to come and party for a week. This can result in some of the major attractions being fully booked, for example, Cloud 9 a world-class pizzeria on a floating platform surrounded by crystal clear waters in the middle of the reef, might be booked out for a couple of days, during your adventures to the islands.

Manta Ray Season in Fiji

Manta Ray Season Fiji is a reliable place for year-round manta-ray sightings, however, the most frequent encounters are from May to October. This is a life-changing experience and should be on everybody’s bucket list, the chance of seeing one of the true goliaths of the ocean, this gentle giant glides through the ocean with the simplicity and beauty of a ballet dancer, displaying the vast natural diversity of our oceans.

Best time to go Diving in Fiji

Diving –  With the diverse kaleidoscope of Fiji’s water world, and the many different types of diving available across the Islands, from Wreck Diving, Shark Diving, and Night Dives to Free Diving, visibility levels are one of the most important considerations, May to October should have you covered.

Fishing –  Fiji has excellent all-year-round fishing.  We have created an in-depth guide to this subject helping you pinpoint the type of fish and season, offering you the best opportunity to find and reel in the elusive gamefish.

Best time to go Kitesurfing & Surfing in Fiji

You are welcome to come and try these sports throughout the year, from April to late December with the winter months providing the best chance of trade winds.  If you’re interested in learning to kite or perfecting your wave riding, check out one of Ben’s Kite Weeks at Namotu Island Resort, This world-class athlete takes all levels of people from the beginners level to the advanced who wish to tweak their art.

Month with Highest Humidity Temperature in Fiji

The highest humidity temperature –  is typically in the month of March, however, go to Fiji between the months of May to November and you will find a good combination of humidity, temperature, and very little rainfall. All these combine to make the perfect weather temperatures for your holidays. At night time the temperature will only fall by a couple of centigrade and the need for overcoats or jumpers are generally not needed. You can safely leave heavy clothing at home.

Eight Basic Fijian Weather Facts

  1. The month with the DRIEST WEATHER IS JULY when on balance 53 mm (2.1 in) of rain, falls across 4 days.
  2. The month with the WETTEST WEATHER IS MARCH when on balance 418 mm (16.5 in) of rain falls across 19 days.
  3. The TEMPERATURE IN FIJI ALL YEAR ROUND generally stays at a CONSTANT 26°C to 31°C.
  4. There are ONLY TWO SEASONS in Fiji, SUMMER (WET SEASON) and winter (DRY SEASON)
  5. The SUMMER SEASON is between the months of NOVEMBER TO APRIL (WET SEASON)
  6. The WINTER SEASON is between the months of MARCH and OCTOBER (DRY SEASON)
  7. WATER TEMPERATURES CAN VARY BETWEEN 24 °C to 29°C, if you are looking to scuba dive you will find the water temperature is at a comfortable level all year round across the two main islands of Vanua Levu and Viti Levu with a few degrees difference, thou in the months of JUNE to OCTOBER in the EASTERN DIVISION the water temperature CAN DROP DOWN TO 23°C-24°C and divers may wish to increase the thickness of their wetsuits.
  8. The PEAK TROPICAL CYCLONE (TC) ACTIVITY is usually between JANUARY TO FEBRUARY (TC season is between November to April).  While Fiji has had some devastating tropical storms in the past, they are relatively rare with the majority reaching the meager status of a mild disturbance.  Tropical Cyclone Outlook

Monthly Weather Patterns: Western Division Fiji

Table: Western Division – Weather and Seasons in Fiji

Monthly Weather Patterns: Northern Division Fiji

Table: Northern Division – Weather and Seasons in Fiji

Monthly Weather Patterns: Eastern Division Fiji

Table: Eastern Division – Weather and Seasons in Fiji

Questions and Answers: Weather in Fiji

Sunset at Castaway Island Resort
Sunset at Castaway Island Resort | Image: Supplied
  1. What is the best month to go to Fiji?

    The optimal period for visiting Fiji, characterized by clear blue skies, stretches from May to September. On the other hand, October to April marks the wet season, posing a higher risk of cyclones. Nevertheless, this time frame also boasts the highest temperatures of the year.

  2. Which month is coldest in Fiji?

    ‘Winter’ (May – October) – During the dry season, temperatures in Fiji typically hover around 23-24°C on average, with daily variations ranging from 19-28°C. July and August are notably the coolest months within this period.

  3. What is the coldest day recorded in Fiji?

    The Nausori weather station recorded the coldest day in the past 73 years, with a temperature drop to 12.3°C in January 2010. Situated at an altitude of seven meters above sea level, Nausori experienced its chilliest winter in 1986, with an average temperature of 21.4°C.

  4. I’ve heard the weather can be a bit unpredictable in January any recommendations for the best area to stay during this time of year?

    We’ve found the weather is more stable during that period when you head out to the islands. There are so many options depending on your budget, you could start researching Mana, Castaway, Plantation, Barefoot Manta Island Resorts.

Video: Fiji Meteorological Service Wind Direction and Speed Educational