What is the Weather Like in Fiji in September?
Experience the best of every season during September in Fiji. Warm tropical temperatures and low humidity make September a comfortable month to lap up the sun in Fiji without getting too hot. What’s more, September lies between the tourist high season and low season, making it a great time of the year to experience the ideals of Fiji’s “winter sun” without having to pay the full price for resorts and flights! It’s the perfect time to come to Fiji to relax, as well as seek adventure with the seasonal Manta Ray activity in full swing and clear waters for scuba diving. While you need not worry about the Fiji weather in September, here’s some more information on temperatures, rainfall, daylight hours and more.
5 Tips for Travelling Fiji in September
- September is considered one of the shoulder seasons in Fiji, where tourist demand will be lower so prices will be cheaper. Look out for deals and don’t worry about booking too far in advance.
- Be sure to apply high-factor sunscreen at regular intervals due to the high UV levels during September.
- The sea conditions are ideal in September for scuba diving and swimming with Manta Rays, so add it to the bucket list!
- While September is during the “dry season” know that it could still rain at any time.
- September is a popular time for festivals around the island, so look out for events such as the Friendly North Festival, the Lautoka Sugar Festival, the Coral Coast Festival and more!
Typical Temperatures in September
September is a particularly warm time of the year to visit Fiji, especially as it is the season between Fiji’s winter and summer. September allows you to experience the best of both worlds with warm temperatures expected in a tropical climate, but less humidity. However, September feels slightly more humid during midday than the previous months of the year. Expect the maximum average temperatures to reach 27°C / 81°F and the minimum average temperatures to go down to 20°C / 68°F usually at night.
Temperatures in Nadi & Suva
- Nadi: average max temperature – 29.4°C / 84.9°F, average minimum temperature 19.3°C / 66.7°F
- Suva: average max temperature – 27°C / 80.6°F, average minimum temperature 20.9°C / 69.6°F.
Sea Temperature in September
While sea temperatures are not as warm as they would be later in the year, the waters are still warm enough to enjoy water activities comfortably being around 25°C / 77°F.
Hours of Sun in September
Expect long sunny days in September in Fiji with an average of 5 hours of bright sunshine each day. Daylight hours average of 12 daylight hours.
UV Levels During September
Slap on the sunscreen regularly during September, with some UV levels reaching as high as 11 UV index during midday in September.
Sunrise and Sunset During September
September brings daylight hours lasting about 12 hours a day.
- Sunrise: 6:14am at the beginning of September and 5:50am at the end of September
- Sunset: 5:59pm at the beginning of September and 6:03pm at the end of September.
Rainfall in September
September is during Fiji’s “dry season”, meaning it’s one of the months of the year where you’re less likely to experience rainfall. However, it can still rain at any time during September due to Fiji’s tropical maritime climate.
Fiji receives an average of 123mm / 4.8″ of rainfall and around 17 days out of September experiencing rain.
Rainfall in Nadi and Suva
- Nadi: average rainfall in September – 77mm / 3″ and average rain days – 6
- Suva: average rainfall in September – 184mm / 7.2″ and average rain days – 27.
Tropical Storms in September
The South Pacific cyclone season starts in November and ends in April. Being wedged in the middle of the dry season, September is usually a good time to avoid cyclones in Fiji.
Other months that have an extremely low risk of tropical storms are June, July and August.
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 September
As one of the shoulder seasons in Fiji, just about any holiday destination is good to visit during September! Nevertheless, here’s some inspiration on where to go in September to help you plan the ultimate getaway.
Mamanuca Islands – The island group just off the coast of Fiji’s mainland is the perfect getaway for a relaxing holiday. The resorts are renowned for their spa treatments, tranquillity and all-around “Fiji time” experience. Learn more in our Guide to the Mamanuca Islands.
Yasawa Islands – For those feeling more adventurous, don’t miss the unique opportunity to swim with giant Manta Rays in the Yasawa Islands. The Manta Ray season run from May to October, so September is one of the best months to experience this natural wonder for yourself. Find out more in our Guide to the Yasawa Islands.
Vanua Levu – Fiji’s second-largest island is a must-do for any traveller looking to get off the beaten track! The island is worth visiting more so in September thanks to the Friendly North Festival in Labasa. Find out more in our Guide to Vanua Levu.
September Packing List for Fiji
When travelling to Fiji in September, 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.