There is never a bad time to travel to Fiji for a holiday, with sultry temperatures, gorgeous resorts, aquamarine ocean, golden sands and adventurous activities spread across its 333 tropical islands year round.
There are roughly two seasons – summer and ‘winter’. Summer – which incorporates the wet season – stretches from around November to April, and temperatures hover around 30C. Winter runs from May to October, and temperatures dip to 26C.
But there are a few things you should know before you go. Pay attention to high and low season – avoid school holidays if you want to beat the crowd – and look for great deals at the height of the wet season.
Best Time for Holiday Deals
February and March, the wettest and hottest months, are considered the low season in Fiji. Look for free nights, kids-eat-free deals and room upgrades. Accommodation in Fiji runs the gamut from affordable stays to exclusive resorts, barefoot luxury and your own private island, so you’re sure to find something just right for you.
Best Time to Beat the Crowds
Be aware that November-March is the wet season – which doesn’t mean you’ll encounter a hurricane, but there will likely be daily showers. Apart from school holidays in December-January, there are fewer crowds, lots of good deals and you won’t have to wait in line at restaurants. It’s a nice time for a quiet romantic getaway.
Best Time for Families
While Fiji is fun for families year round, parents and kids are often restricted to school holiday times, when prices are noticeably higher. But there are plus sides to the December-January or June-September frenzy – there will be plenty of friends for your kids to play with inside and outside Fiji’s legendary kids’ clubs.
Best Time for Snorkelling
Fiji is famed for its soft coral, found in fringing reefs, barrier reefs and atolls. May to October is great for underwater visibility, but the water is warmer in the wet season and the surf is not as big. Check out the Coral Coast, between Nadi and Suva on Viti Levu. If you want to swim with manta rays, head to Manta Ray Island in the Yasawas, from April to October.
Best Time for Diving
June to October has the best visibility for diving, and the water temperature, while colder, is still pretty high (24-27C). Head to Beqa Lagoon for close encounters with reef sharks, silvertip sharks, tawny nurse sharks, sicklefin lemon sharks, bull sharks and the odd tiger shark, year round. For coral and sea life, visit the Great White Wall at Taveuni’s Rainbow Reef, a 30-metre stretch of soft and hard coral teeming with colourful reef fish.
Best Time for Surfing
There are two surfing seasons in Fiji – winter has the biggest breaks (think three-metre monsters) for experienced surfers, but summer has shorter swells and lighter winds for the less experienced. Cloudbreak, off Namotu Island, is one of the most famous – and most challenging – surf spots. Consider Natadola Beach near Nadi, if you’re not a confident surfer. Bear in mind that Fiji’s breaks tend to be over coral reefs, so watch out!
Best Time for Outdoor Activities
The somewhat cooler temperatures and drier climes of winter also make it a good time for hiking and biking. Fiji has plenty of adrenalin-inducing experiences, from ziplining at the Sleeping Giant to horseback riding on the beach at sunset, so get out and enjoy nature.
Best Time for Lazing on the Beach