Visit Fiji in the Off-Season!
With sunny tropical weather all year round, Fiji is one of those idealistic island paradises that doesn’t necessarily have “seasons”. Nevertheless, there are times of the year that more people choose to visit Fiji… and the Fiji tourism industry prices match this. The off-season or low season in Fiji is usually during the wet season, which starts in late November and generally ends around April. This is considered Fiji’s “summer” where the temperatures are higher but there are more downpours. Fiji’s winter season, between May and October, is generally considered the high season or the peak season in Fiji where most tourists come to experience the dry and warm weather. But as we are about to reveal in this list, there are many reasons to travel during the low season in Fiji!
So, just a recap…
Low Season in Fiji: November to April (with the exception of around Christmas time)
High Season in Fiji: May to October
1. It’s Cheaper
We’ve put this reason at the top of this list for a reason! The low season in Fiji is by far the cheapest time to visit. Not only are airfares cheaper during these low season months, but you’re much more likely to find lower accommodation prices and free room upgrades. On top of that, activity operators often have better deals and offers during this less busy time in order to fill up their tours! These activity deals are best found once you arrive in Fiji. Check out Where to Book Tours in Fiji for more tips.
2. Fiji is Beautiful All Year Round
There’s no one season where the landscape in Fiji looks better than the rest of the year. Waters around vibrant coral reefs are still clear and teeming with life, the rainforests are still green and abundant, the beaches are still looking pristine and paradise-like, and the list goes on. No matter what time of the year you decide to visit Fiji, there will be no lack of photo opportunities.
3. The Weather is Still Mostly Sensational
When you hear about the “wet season” in Fiji, it conjures up images of miserable rain for your entire holiday. However, this is really not the case. The weather during the wet season is best described as “liquid sunshine” with quick and intense showers before the sun shines again. Additionally, Fiji never really experiences winter. It’s warm all year round. So don’t worry, no matter what time of the year you visit Fiji, you’re still very likely to get that sunny summer holiday you’ve always dreamed of. Take a look at our What is the Weather Like in Fiji for more details.
4. You’ll Cope Better With the Heat
On the subject of weather, while the low season in Fiji is usually much warmer and humid, there are plenty of ways you’ll be able to cope better with the heat during summer in Fiji. First, jumping in the pool or the ocean feels all the more refreshing. Second, almost all resort accommodation will have air conditioning. Third, those quick downpours in summer are a great way to cool down too! In fact, experiencing that “hot rain” is something you have to experience at least once in your life!
5. You’ll Avoid the Crowds
Perhaps one of the biggest perks of travelling in the low season in Fiji is that feeling of having a place to yourself. Resorts are less crowded, you won’t find too many activities or accommodation that are fully booked, and the staff during activities and in your accommodation will have more time to cater to your needs. Let’s be honest, crowds and enjoying some relaxed “Fiji time” don’t go well together, so experience Fiji in the low season!
6. The Low Season is Ideal for Adult-Only Getaways
In the same spirit as the above point, the low season in Fiji isn’t packed with school holidays. With the exception of the Christmas period, it’s unlikely during any other time in the low season that you’ll find the swimming pools too overcrowded with children or have that annoying kid kicking your seat in the plane. To really ensure that you don’t share your holiday with screaming children, take a look at our 10 Best Adult-Only Resorts in Fiji.
7. The Christmas Holidays are the Best Time for Families
Families are often restricted to visiting Fiji during the school holidays. Because the Christmas school holidays fall during Fiji’s wet season, fewer families decide to take a trip to Fiji for Christmas. So with that in mind, if you’re travelling with kids, pick the Christmas holidays for better deals and fewer crowds than what you would find during the June-September school holidays.
8. Be More Impulsive
Travelling in the low season often means that you don’t have to book everything in advance. Accommodation and activities are rarely fully booked, leaving you to be more spontaneous. Feel like heading on a fishing trip or want to go scuba diving today or maybe you just discovered an island that you love and want to stay longer, booking your place on the spot will be no problem! Going with the flow is what Fiji time is all about!
9. There are Plenty of Events Going on
Even in the low season, there are plenty of events to check out on top of all the activities there are to do. The New Year is celebrated for weeks in Fiji, with villages celebrating with feasts throughout a week, while cities like Suva and Nadi host street parties. Get more inspiration from our Where to Spend New Year’s Eve in Fiji. You might also want to check out the Diwali Festival celebrations, otherwise known as the Festival of Lights, happening nationwide during late October or early November.
10. Be Home for Christmas
While we’ve said that around Christmas is a good time for families visiting Fiji, couples, honeymooners, backpackers and luxury travellers may want to avoid Christmas as it’s the only part of the “low season” that gets a little busier for the holiday season. So spend Christmas with loved ones instead.