Our guide to the best month and season to visit Fiji
Fiji can be visited year round, but the most comfortable period is during the dry season from May to October when it’s slightly cooler and less humid. Fiji’s wet season, November to April, is hotter with frequent heavy rainfall – although this usually just falls in short sharp bursts in the afternoons.
Fiji in the winter: May to Oct – winter (dry) season
The tropical climate in Fiji promises warm weather and sunshine at any time of year, but the dry season, May to October, is the most popular time to visit. Daytime temperatures hover around 25ºC, dropping to 20ºC at night, and there’s often a refreshing trade wind blowing from the south. At this time of year, expect clear, blue-sky days, low rainfall, less humidity and a minimal risk of cyclones. Coinciding with the southern hemisphere winter, the dry season is also the busiest time to visit, particularly during the peak months of June to September.
The advantages of visiting Fiji in it’s dry season, aside from idyllic weather are multiple: great surfing, fantastic conditions for snorkelling and diving, plus spectacular sunsets. As the cooler months set in, the spectrum of colours in Fiji’s famous sunsets is incredible, with light scattered clouds making for amazing nightly displays by nature.
If you do one thing: Dive!
Fiji is famous for its sea life and array of colourful coral. The Great Astrolabe Reef is the world’s fourth-largest barrier reef and wraps around the remote southern island of Kadavu. Somosomo Strait between the northern islands of Vanua Levu and Taveuni, meanwhile, is famous for its stunning soft corals. Explore underwater dive sites with whimsical names like Chimneys and Alice in Wonderland, with its mushroom-shaped corals, sea fans and clown fish.
Our top tip: Explore Fiji by small ship so you can sail to hidden coves and untouched shorelines.
November-April – summer (wet) season
The wet season in Fiji, from November to April, is characterised by hot weather, high humidity and heavy rainfall – although this often occurs as short-lived tropical downpours, with plenty of sunny periods in between. Expect daytime highs to nudge 30ºC and beyond. This is the low season in Fiji, although the months of December and January can still be busy due to the popularity of the islands with holidaymakers from Australia and New Zealand.
Late in the wet season (around March) is a wonderful time to see Fiji’s waterfalls. The forest floors are soaked after a season of rain and the rivers are flowing. Vibrant flame trees are also prolific over the festive season. The brightly coloured flame trees go into bloom just before Christmas and are simply stunning. Many native tropical plants are also flowering, meaning Fiji is bursting with colour and new life.
If you do one thing: Explore Fiji’s Caves
Get a glimpse into Fiji’s past with Sigatoka River Safaris. Wade through knee-deep water by hurricane lantern through Naihehe Cave, Fiji’s largest cave system. Deep inside the 170-metre cave remains a gruesome reminder of Fiji’s cannibal past – a cannibal oven, a ritual platform and the sacred priest chamber.