When to Go to Fiji
Fiji by season
With fairly consistent temperatures throughout the year, there's never really a bad time to visit Fiji. Most days are bright, warm and sunny – perfect beach weather! The country has two distinct seasons: wet and dry. The dry period from May to October is when most holidaymakers head to Fiji, but it’s definitely possible to visit in the wet season too, as long as you know what to expect.
May to October
Fiji’s dry season is a breath of fresh air after the humidity of the wet season. Daytime temperatures are lower – around 27°C – and can drop below 20°C at night. This is a great time to go to the beach – the seas are warm, calm and clear: ideal snorkelling and diving conditions. Unsurprisingly this is the most popular time to travel, so prices are higher and hotels a little busier at this time.
Hibiscus Festival: in August, head to Suva for this nine-day party, consisting of live musical performances and a beauty pageant, which leads to the crowning of the Hibiscus Queen.
Bula festival: held in Nadi in July, this festival includes parades, dancing and traditional Fijian costumes, as well as the crowning of ‘Miss Bula’, quite an honour for the winner.
November to April
Fiji’s wet season brings increased chance of rain, but don’t let that stop you. Showers come in short, sharp bursts, and are usually replaced with bright sunshine. There are fewer visitors in the wet season, making the beaches all the more peaceful, and even though humidity levels and temperatures are higher (hovering around 32°C), it’s a lovely time to come to see Fiji’s forests in bloom.
Diwali: Fiji’s multicultural population all celebrate Diwali in November, Hindu or otherwise. Look out for brightly coloured lanterns, candles, and dramatic fireworks displays lighting up the night sky.
Christmas: the festive season is celebrated in Fiji with Christmas carols, church services and fresh seafood on the beach. Sometimes, Christmas dinner is cooked outside the home on an underground hot stone.