What You Need to Know About the Fiji Seasons
Fiji has two distinct seasons: the wet season and the dry season. The wet season is also considered the summer season in Fiji due to its hot weather, while the dry season is considered the winter season when it’s a bit cooler. Nevertheless, with an average temperature barely venturing far from 25°C (77°F), it never really gets “cold” in Fiji. In this guide, we’ll go over the different seasons in Fiji, so you can decide when is the best time to visit.
The Best Seasons to Surf, Scuba, Fishing and More
You might be coming to Fiji for a specific activity that usually has a “best season”. For surfers, the best season is considered the winter season in Fiji, particularly between May and August when the highest swells roll in. For scuba divers, Fiji has good year-round diving but the clearest waters are when they are at their coolest between July and November. For fishing, Fiji has excellent year-round fishing, but October to January presents the best fishing for fish like blue marlin, black marlin, yellowfin tuna, dogtooth tuna, mahimahi and Spanish mackeral.
Find out more about the best seasons for sports in Fiji in:
Dry Season (Winter)
When: May to November
Temperature: 19-29°C (66-84°F)
Rainfall: 70-150mm (2.8-6″)
The dry season, also known as the winter season in Fiji, is the period of the year with the least rainfall, lowest temperatures and lowest humidity. It’s often seen as the most appealing time for tourists to visit Fiji where the weather is the most comfortable, yet still warm while the holiday is less likely to be dampened by rain. Other benefits of visiting Fiji in the dry season include fewer mosquitos and no risk of being affected by cyclones.
Months in the Dry Season
For more information on each month during the dry season, see:
Wet Season (Summer)
When: December to April
Temperature: 22-33°C (72-91°F)
Rainfall: 180-310mm (2.8-6″)
The wet season, also known as the summer season in Fiji, is the period with the most rainfall, the highest temperatures and the highest humidity. This time of year is usually less appealing to tourists due to the likelihood of rainfall and the small risk of cyclones affecting the area (although that is rare – see How to Prepare for a Cyclone in Fiji for more information). Nevertheless, rainfall usually comes in short bursts and different areas of Fiji experience different climates. For example, Nadi on the west side of Viti Levu has reliably sunny weather in comparison to Suva on the west side of the island.
Months in the Wet Season
For more information on each month during the wet season, see:
Peak, Shoulder and Off-peak Season
Another way you can look at the seasons in Fiji is the tourist seasons. The tourist seasons indicate the times of the year with the most tourists, the least tourists and in between.
Peak Season in Fiji
The peak season or the high season in Fiji is during July and August when many choose to travel in Fiji during the Australian and New Zealand winter school holidays. The Christmas and New Year period, from mid-December to mid-January, is also considered a peak time in Fiji.
Off-peak Season in Fiji
The off-peak season or low season in Fiji is early December and mid-January to March. This is when there are much fewer tourists in Fiji and is one of the quietest and cheapest times to visit.
Shoulder Season in Fiji
The shoulder season in Fiji is the months between the peak and off-peak seasons. These are often seen as appealing times to visit Fiji due to the cheaper airfares and accommodation than what’s found in the peak season, yet not as busy as the peak season. Months in the shoulder season include April, May and June to November.