What is the Weather Like in Fiji in August?
There’s a reason why Fiji is such a popular holiday destination in August. For Europeans and Americans, Fiji’s warm weather and cool sea breeze offer relief from the Northern Hemisphere summer, while Australians and New Zealanders can escape the winter in the winterless islands of Fiji. For these reasons, August is one of the busiest months in Fiji making it the tourist peak season. Even if it is a little busier in Fiji during August, the allure of the warm sunny days, warm sea temperatures and awesome conditions for scuba diving and surfing understandably might draw you in anyway. If that’s the case, take a look at the guide to the Fiji weather in August below!
5 Tips for Travelling Fiji in August
- August is one of the most popular times to visit Fiji so make sure you book your flights and accommodation well in advance.
- Be sure to apply high-factor sunscreen at regular intervals due to the high UV levels during August.
- The nights feel considerably cooler than the day, so make sure to pack some slightly warmer layers for the evenings.
- While August is during the “dry season” know that it could still rain at any time.
- August is considered a safe time to visit Fiji with little risk of cyclones.
Typical Temperatures in August
Although August is in the dry season in Fiji, the temperatures start to get a little hotter and feel a little more humid during this time. Temperatures are not too hot though, with the maximum average temperatures reaching 26°C / 78°F and the minimum average temperatures being 19°C / 66°F usually at night.
Temperatures in Nadi and Suva
- Nadi: average max temperature – 28.7°C / 83.7°F, average minimum temperature 18.4°C / 65.1°F
- Suva: average max temperature – 26.6°C / 79.9°F, average minimum temperature 20.5°C / 68.9°F.
Sea Temperature in August
The tropical waters of Fiji are warm year-round with the average sea temperature in August being around 25°C / 77°F.
Hours of Sun in August
Fiji receives plenty of sunshine hours in August so that you can enjoy long days in the sun! August experiences an average of 5 hours of bright sunshine each day. Daylight hours average at around 12 daylight hours.
UV Levels During August
It’s always recommended to wear sunscreen and protect yourself from the sun no matter what time of year you visit Fiji. The UV levels in August are not quite as extreme as Fiji’s summer months, but UV levels can still reach around 9 UV index during midday.
Sunrise and Sunset During August
August brings daylight hours lasting about 12 hours a day.
- Sunrise: 6:34am at the beginning of July and 6:15am at the end of August
- Sunset: 5:52pm at the beginning of July and 5:59pm at the end of August.
Rainfall in August
August is the time in the dry season where the amount of rainfall starts to creep up again, but ever so slightly. However, the western side of the mainland, Viti Levu, experiences a lot more rainfall than the eastern side, so always bear in mind that the amount of rainfall always depends on your location. If you want to increase your chances of escaping the rain, head to the smaller outer islands.
Fiji receives an average of 103mm / 4.1″ of rainfall with around 19 days out of August experiencing rain.
Rainfall in Nadi and Suva
- Nadi: average rainfall in August – 58mm / 2.3″ and average rain days – 5
- Suva: average rainfall in August – 159mm / 6.3″ and average rain days – 17.
Tropical Storms in August
The South Pacific cyclone season starts in November and ends in April. August is one of the best months to avoid tropical cyclones in Fiji with a very low risk of tropical storms developing.
Other months that have a low risk of tropical storms include June, July and September.
Find out more about tropical storms in Fiji in our guide on How to Prepare for a Tropical Cyclone in Fiji.
Best Places to Visit in August
Just about anywhere in Fiji would be spectacular to visit in August. If you need a bit more inspiration, here are some top places to try out in August:
Suva – The capital city of Fiji comes alive in August with the Hibiscus Festival. The festival lasts up to nine days with cultural performances, live music, a beauty pageant and more! Plus, there’s lots more to discover around Suva from beautiful gardens to the Colo-i-Siva Forest Park. Find out more in our Guide to Suva.
Mamanuca Islands – There are plenty of reasons to visit the Mamanuca Islands, just off the western coast of Viti Levu, but one of the main reasons to head there is for surfing. The Mamanuca Islands have some of the best reef breaks in the world, so if you’re serious about surfing, add it to your August bucket list! Find out more in 10 Best Places to Surf in Fiji.
Vanua Levu – The waters surrounding Fiji are particularly clear during August meaning that experiencing Fiji’s top diving spots is a must! Off the coast of Vanua Levu are Rainbow Reef and the Namena Marine Reserve – two stunning diving areas full of tropical marine species. Learn more in our Guide to Vanua Levu.
August Packing List for Fiji
When travelling to Fiji in August, there are a few essential items to add to the packing list:
- High-factor sunscreen
- Light cotton layers
- Light pants/trousers (to cover your legs if leaving the resort and to keep the even chill off)
- Flip-flops or sandals
- Sarong (another popular clothing option for when leaving the resort)
For more inspiration on what to pack, check out our Packing List for Fiji.