What is the Weather Like in Fiji?
Fiji’s white sand beaches, warm sunshine, and swaying palm trees are the stuff day dreams are made of. But what makes this South Pacific archipelago especially amazing is that, unlike many other tropical locales, Fiji is truly a year-round destination.
These peaceful and slow-paced islands draw visitors from all over the world for snorkeling, diving, hiking or simply soaking up the sunshine — all activities that are best enjoyed when the weather is fair. Fortunately, Fiji’s climate is just about perfect all year round. So let’s take a closer look at this nation’s beautiful weather so that you know exactly what to expect when planning your tropical getaway.
Why It’s Always “Flip Flops” Weather In Fiji
This archipelago nation of more than 330 islands is located northeast of New Zealand in the South Pacific Ocean. The location blesses it with a warm tropical climate. It’s always sandals weather in Fiji and although these islands typically describe their two main seasons as “dry” or “wet”, even during the “wet season” (January to March) the rains are short-lived and the days are still mostly filled with brilliant sunshine.
Although Fiji has its drier and wetter months, there is really no bad time to visit this island paradise. The temperatures are pleasant all year round and the water is always warm and clear – making this island a very popular scuba diving and snorkeling destination. In fact, the water temperature averages a balmy 26-28 Celsius (80-84Farenheit) in January and February and is still a very warm 23-26 Celcius (75-79 Farenheit) in July.
The peak seasons of travel are more dictated by the common holidays and convenient travel dates, rather than the weather. Essentially, the best time to visit Fiji is whenever you have the chance.
The Seasons Here Are A Little Different
Because Fiji is in the southern hemisphere, its seasons are the opposite of what you might be used to if you live in the U.S. or U.K. Summer lasts from November to February and Winter is from June to September.
During the “winter” months of July and August the temperatures are moderate and there is less rain. However, these are the peak season months in Fiji so they will be the most crowded. There will be many families visiting from Australia and New Zealand, as this is their winter break.
If you visit between November and April be prepared for hotter temperatures and higher humidity. March is the rainiest month of the year, while also being the hottest month of the summer. Many beach go-ers prefer these “hotter” temperatures. For others, the cooling breezes coming from the South Pacific Ocean will give welcome relief.
If you prefer things a little cooler, the best time to visit is between April and September. It will still be plenty warm enough to swim, dive, snorkel, and sunbathe, but the sun will not burn with the same strong intensity as other times of the year.
Refreshing Trade Winds of the South Pacific
There’s nothing quite like an ocean breeze blowing through your hair while you lounge in a hammock or sip a beer at a beach bar. The trade winds in Fiji come mostly from the south east and they are a pleasant natural air conditioner. During the May to November period the winds are moderate and during the winter season of November to April they can be stronger.
Cyclones can sometimes affect the Fiji islands in the summer months (mainly between February and mid-March). However, these storms usually do not pose much of a danger because the usual routes are too far south. Keep an eye on the weather forecasts before your trip to keep yourself informed.
The Climate Varies Throughout Fiji
The climate varies throughout the Fiji Islands and different regions have their own micro-climates. Northern Fiji has more areas trending toward a rainforest climate and can be lush, green and humid. Southern Fiji has a slightly drier climate. Also, on the west side of the main island of Viti Levu there is not as much rain as on the east side, as this region is protected by a mountain range.
The major cities such as Suva and Nadi get more rain than most of the smaller resort islands of Fiji, where the weather can be dry year-round. This is because the majority of the clouds and precipitation is caused by the afternoon heat emanating from these larger land masses.
Here are a couple of Fiji destinations that typically have beautiful weather 365 days a year
These islands are famous for their picture-perfect white sand beaches and they are the sunniest and driest destination in Fiji. April through October daytime temperatures average 28 degrees Celsius (82 Fahrenheit) and in the hot season from November to March the temperatures average 32 degrees Celsius (88 Fahrenheit).
The weather on these gorgeous islands is perfect for enjoying outdoor water sports and relaxing in the sun. The maximum daily temperatures range from 31 degrees Celsius (88 Fahrenheit) in January to 27 degrees (80 Fahrenheit) in August.
The “Wet Season” – Not as Wet as You Might Think
When you hear the phrase “wet season” you might be worried that your visit to Fiji will involve waterproof jackets and umbrellas rather than swimsuits and sunscreen. However, the wet season doesn’t mean four months of unpleasant dampness.
There will be sporadic rainstorms throughout this time of year, but they only last a short time and they are typically followed by sunshine. It is similar to the climate of South Florida in the summer time. The silver lining is that these brief showers can be a refreshing break from the sultry heat and humidity in the afternoon. In fact, there are a lot of advantages to visiting during the so-called wet season. The air smells fresh, the vegetation is lush and green, and the sweet-smelling flowers will be in bloom. There will also be fewer crowds and Fiji will usually reward you with incredible special offers on flights, activities and resort stays.
You can take a break from sightseeing in the late afternoon and have a nap while listening to the rhythmic fall of the raindrops. After the rains, the nights have a cooler, fresher, less humid feeling that is perfect for a relaxing stroll. There’s no reason to let the “rainy” season stop you from enjoy the tropical beauty of Fiji.
Despite higher average rainfall than the Mamanucas and Yasawas, these areas make excellent year-round destinations as well
This is a popular spot for diving and snorkeling, located just south of Viti Levu, the main island of Fiji. The average temperature here stays fairly consistent all year, ranging from 23.5 Celsius (74 Fahrenheit) in July and August to 27.5 Celsius (81 Fahrenheit) in February.
Taveuni is known as the Garden Island of Fiji and it offers gorgeous tropical rainforests, coconut plantations and volcanic soil. The weather here offers a more tropical rainforest experience, with an average maximum temperature of 30 Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) in January and an average minimum of 23 Celsius (73 Fahrenheit) in October. The higher average rainfall rewards travelers with amazing waterfalls and jungle hiking opportunities as well as pristine beaches.
In fact, the beautifully moderate weather is one of the reasons why more than half a million people travel to Fiji every year.
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