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Weather In Fiji & The Best Time To Visit

By Jennifer Liu Posted 26 Apr 2016

Boasting a warm, tropical climate all year round, Fiji is the perfect destination for an idyllic beachside holiday. Depending on your personal preferences and other external factors, the best time to visit Fiji may vary accordingly.

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Are you ready? (Plantation Island)

WET VS DRY SEASONS

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Rakiraki, Fiji

Fiji is a tropical destination made up of two major seasons – a wet summer season from December-April and a dry winter season from May-November. The weather is consistently warm throughout the year with maximum temperatures remaining at 26-31 degrees, meaning you can expect to pack thongs and swimwear no matter when you leave.

  • Wet Summer Season: December – April

In the wetter summer months, visitors can expect hot and humid weather. The monthly averages tend to be around a maximum of 28-30 degrees with lows from 21-23 degrees. Odd local showers and thunderstorms can occur sporadically throughout the day for short durations (1-2 hours), typically followed by sunshine. Due to the high temperatures and increased humidity, there is also an increased risk of cyclones during this period.

 

  • Dry Winter Season: May – November

In the drier winter months, visitors can expect fine warm days. The monthly averages tend to be around a maximum of 26-27 degrees with lows from 20-21 degrees. This period of time in Fiji is characterised by low rainfall and humidity, making it ideal for travel. As the weather remains warm and balmy, travellers can still enjoy beachside activities like swimming and snorkelling.

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 Savusavu, Fiji

PEAK VS OFF PEAK SEASONS

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 Plantation Island

  • Peak Season: July-September

These dates coincide with school holidays in Australia and New Zealand, making it a busy period for travel, especially amongst families. As a result, you can expect more crowds and families at the beach, resorts and at popular islands. Prices for airfares and accommodation will also see a slight increase during this period to meet the demand.

 

  • Shoulder Season: May-June, October

Both periods are short shoulder seasons, during which you can visit Fiji without expecting a flock of fellow tourists. Resorts and popular tourist spots will feel less crowded and travel fares should be lower.

 

  • Off Peak Season: November-April

As these dates coincide with Fiji’s wet season whereby visitors can expect more rainfall and humidity, there are fewer tourists compared to the dry season. Similarly, prices in airfares and accommodation will see a slight dip – making it a value-worthy time to travel to Fiji if you don’t mind the odd showers here and there.

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 Rakiraki, Fiji

 

WHEN TO VISIT FIJI

 

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 Plantation Island Resort, Fiji

 

Still can’t make up your mind on when to visit Fiji? Here’s our breakdown.

  • Most Popular (Expensive) Time To Visit: July-September, December-January

The most popular time to visit Fiji is during the peak dry season from July-September, when the weather is most pleasant and school holidays are in full swing for Australia and New Zealand. As a result of the increased demand, this is also the most expensive time to travel to Fiji. Similarly, expect to see more crowds and increased travel fares for the December-January period, which coincides with Christmas and New Year celebrations, as well as school holidays.

 

  • Cheapest Time To Visit: October-April

Flights and accommodation in Fiji will be comparatively cheaper during the off peak and shoulder seasons from October-April. This is when Fiji has most of its rain and so you may find a lot of special deals on offer. However, this period of time coincides with typhoon season so travellers need to prepare for the potential occurrence of cyclones.

 

  • Best Time To Visit: October-November

For pleasant weather, cheaper prices, better deals and fewer crowds, the best time to visit Fiji is from October to early November. Coming right after the peak time, this period signals the start of the rainy season however, weather is still relatively dry and temperatures remains warm. It’s also right before the summer season and Christmas rush, meaning resorts and tourist spots are less crowded and travel costs haven’t yet skyrocketed. 

There aren’t any major public holidays in Fiji and so hotels, restaurants and shops remain open throughout the year.

 

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