Rainy Day Activities in Fiji
Fiji is a group of islands that experience a tropical climate. That means that it can rain at any time, whether its the “dry season” or the “wet season”. If the heavens open up while you’re on holiday, there’s no need to worry. There are plenty of ways to enjoy Fiji in the rain, whether it’s at an indoor attraction or in the water where you’ll hardly care about the rain anyway! Check out some of our ideas for things to do in Fiji on a rainy day.
1. Have a Spa Day
As a top R&R destination, Fiji certainly has no lack of spas! Many of the resorts around Fiji offer their very own spas specialising in local treatments, like the Fijian Bobo, banana leaf wraps, hot shell massages and much more. What’s more, almost all treatments are undercover. If you’re staying near one of the main centres, such as Nadi or Suva, they have their own range of day spas too. Check out 10 Best Spas in Fiji for our spa recommendations.
2. Check Out One of the Museums
Ok, so Fiji doesn’t have the largest array of museums, but what you will find is pretty fascinating and a great way to spend an hour or two out of the rain. The Fiji Museum is one of the most popular museums in Fiji, holding artefacts that date back some 3,500 years! See traditional Fijian canoes, cannibal artefacts, Labita pottery and more. Museums can also be found in Levuka and Ba. Check out 5 Fascinating Museums in Fiji for more ideas.
3. Go Shopping
With amazing cultural handicrafts and vibrant produce stalls, Fiji provides an interesting shopping experience for visitors. Browse incredible carvings, woven baskets, tapa paintings, pearl jewellery, sulus (sarongs) and much more as you wander the handicraft outlets and markets of Fiji’s towns and cities. We also recommend visiting a produce market to see an awesome array of tropical fruit and vegetables, as well as take the opportunity to mingle with the locals. What’s more, it’s all undercover and out of the rain! See Where to Buy the Best Souvenirs in Fiji for places to go.
4. See Some Hot Springs
Steaming hot springs always look more epic in the rain! Fiji is home to a few hot springs throughout the islands, especially on the islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. One of the most popular hot spring attractions is the Sabeto Hot Pools in Nadi, where guests are encouraged to lather themselves in mud before washing it off in the hot pools (if the rain doesn’t wash it off first). Either way, relaxing in the geothermal hot pools is a nice way to wait out of the rain. See more things to do in Nadi here.
5. Make Use of Your Resort’s Games Room
Many of Fiji’s major resorts have your rainy days sorted with a dedicated games room. These rooms usually have a table tennis table or a pool table (at least). If your resort doesn’t offer games rooms, then be prepared yourself with some card games or travel-size board games. We find that the Waterproof Playing Cards are durable enough to last several holidays, while our favourite option for families are Uno and Connect 4 Grab & Go! See more nifty things to take to Fiji in the 19 Must-Have Gadgets to Pack for Fiji.
6. Go Snorkelling or Scuba Diving
When you’re deep underwater, it hardly matters what’s going on above the surface. Snorkelling and scuba diving trips still operate in the rain (as long as the ocean conditions are still good), where boats take you to outer reefs with a myriad of tropical fish! The visibility is still amazing in Fiji in the rain, as long as you are away from the land where there is likely to be more surface run-off.
7. Do a Fijian Cooking Class
There are many ways to experience the Fijian culture, and one of the best ways on a rainy day is a Fijian cooking class. Learn how to make traditional Fijian dishes, inside, where there’s a kitchen or usually undercover in some sort of barbecue area. Many resorts offer their own Fijian cooking classes, while another great alternative is the Flavours of Fiji Cooking School in Denarau. See more food-related activities in our Foodie Destination Guides.
8. Try the Local Cuisine
Speaking of food, going to the local restaurants is another way to stay out of the rain. Try some of the local dishes, like Kokoda, Palusami, Indo-Fijian Roti and more. Check out some of the dishes you have to try in Fiji here, and see our restaurant recommendations in The Complete Guide to Food in Fiji.
9. Go to a Church Service (on Sunday)
Ok, so this one you can only really do on a Sunday, but if the heavens open up on this holy day, you can experience it with the locals in a church service. With almost the entire Fijian population engaged in Christianity, the church plays a huge part in their lifestyle. Experience the passion and beautiful harmonious singing at a local Sunday service. Be sure to wear your Sunday best, covering the knees and shoulders.
10. Relax with a Good Book
You know that book you were going to read by the pool? Well, read it in your room instead. When you get lost in a good book, you hardly care what the weather is doing.