Best time to visit Fiji

The best time to visit Fiji for a beach holiday is during the dry season from June through September, when the weather is mainly dry and sunny – temperatures average a daily high of 28°C (82°F), with an average night-time low of 20°C (68°F).

However, anytime between mid-May and mid-October is good for a range of outdoor activities.

Fiji weather

Fiji experiences a tropical climate, with a hot, humid, wet season from December to April and a slightly cooler, relatively dry season from June to September.

However, you can expect some rainfall throughout the year in Fiji: the northwest coasts of the main islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, and the smaller islands, receive less rainfall than the southeast coasts, which are exposed to the southeast trade winds, which bring showers and thunderstorms even in the dry season.

Here are the weather averages for Nadi, located on the northwest coast of Fii…

What is the best month to visit Fiji?
June through September are the best months to visit Fiji – the weather is at its best with sunny, blue skies, low humidity and little to no rain.

However, both July and August – Fijii's peak tourist season – come with crowds and higher prices.

May and October are also good months to consider, since the weather is still good and they fall outside the high season.

Which is the hottest month in Fiji?
The hottest month of the year in Fiji is usually January. You can expect an average high daytime temperature of 31°C (87°F), with high heat and humidity, and a low of 23°C (73°F).

However, on the warmest days in January, the temperature may climb to around 36°C (96°F).

The hot season in Fiji typically lasts from mid-November to mid-April, with an average daily high temperature above 30°C (86°F).

Which is the coolest month in Fiji?
The coolest month in Fiji is July, with an average high of 28°C (82°F) and a low of 19°C (66°F).

The cooler season lasts from mid-June to mid-September, with an average daily high temperature below 28°C (82°F).

When is it sunniest in Fiji?
The sunniest time of year in Fiji is normally August with 7.5 hours of sunshine per day – that's around 57% of daylight hours.

Mid-May through October is usually the sunniest time of year with mostly clear skies and few clouds.

In Fiji, the amount of sunshine is generally higher on the northwest leeward sides of the main islands than on the southeast windward sides, especially during the cooler season: Nadi sees about 7.5 hours of sunshine per day compared to the 5.5 hours of sunshine on Suva.

When is the sea warmest in Fiji?
The sea is usually at its warmest in Fiji in February and March when the water temperature reaches 29°C (84°F), which is very pleasant for swimming.

The sea waters around Fiji are warm enough to swim year-round.

Which month has the most rain in Fiji?
February is usually the wettest month in Fiji, with 223mm (9in) of rainfall, distributed across 15 days on average. Volume of rainfall generally depends on location.

The wet summer season in Fiji lasts from mid-November through April, with a greater than 34% chance of a given day being a wet day. January through March receives the most rainfall.

During the wet season, brief heavy afternoon showers and thunderstorms are common in the lee of the main islands.

You can expect rain showers at any time of year in Fiji. Typically, rain showers fall in short, intense bursts interspersed with periods of brilliant sunshine.

Fiji experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall: Rainfall is heavier on the southeast regions of the Fiji islands than in the northwest regions.

Suva and the Coral Coast – the stretch of coastline between Sigatoka and Suva – located on the southeast coast of Viti Levu are wet all year and experience much more rainfall than Nadi, which is located on the west coast.

Suva receives up to 3000 millimeters (120in) of rainfall per year, while Nadi, receives less than 2000 millimeters (78in) of rainfall per year.

The Mamanuca and Yasawa island groups – located off the west coast of Viti Levu – receive the least amount of rainfall among the Fijian islands.

The drier season lasts from May through to mid-November. The month with the least rainfall in Nadi is July, with an average rainfall of 42mm (1.6in).

What are the windiest months in Fiji?
The windiest month of the year in Nadi is August, with an average hourly wind speed of 20.6 kilometres per hour (11 knots; 13 mph).

May through October are the windiest months of the year in Fiji, with average wind speeds of more than 19 kilometres per hour (10 knots; 12 mph).

It's less windy from November to April. The calmest month of the year in Nadi is February, with an average hourly wind speed of 17 kilometres per hour (9 knots; 11 mph).

The predominant wind direction in Fiji is from the east throughout the year.

Is there a risk of a tropical storm in Fiji?
The risk of a tropical storm in Fiji is greatest between December and April during the hot wet season. The likelihood of a tropical storm occurring is highest in January at 2.8%.

Fiji Weather Averages

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average daily max (°C)
31 31 31 31 30 29 29 28 29 30 31 31
Average daily min (°C)
23 23 23 22 21 20 19 19 20 21 22 23
Average daily sunshine (hrs)
7 6 6 6 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
Average daily daylight (hrs)
13 12 12 11 11 11 11 11 12 12 13 13
Comfort level
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Average relative humidity (%)
80 80 83 82 78 78 74 73 73 75 73 78
UV Index (max)
11+ 11+ 11+ 11 8 7 7 9 11 11+ 11+ 11+
Average days of rainfall (≥1mm)
14 15 16 12 7 5 4 5 6 7 9 13
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
206 223 209 168 88 65 42 55 61 77 100 156
Average wind speed (km/h)
17 17 17 18 20 20 20 21 20 19 18 18
Average sea temperature (°C)
28 29 29 28 27 27 26 26 26 26 27 28
Nadi, Viti Levu, Fiji

Holiday seasons

High season: Peak season in Fiji coincides with the school holidays in Australia and New Zealand.

July and August are the busiest months, as well as the last week of March to mid-April, the last two weeks of May, the first two weeks of July, the middle of September and from mid-December to mid-January.

During these periods, it’s best to book hotel rooms and airline seats well in advance.

Fiji weather by month

Note: Meteorological data for Fiji is based on weather statistics gathered for the 30-year period 1991 to 2020, and is sourced from the Fiji Meteorological Service at the closest weather station, Nadi International Airport (NAN), located 6km (3.7mi) from Nadi on the western side of the main island Viti Levu. Additional climate data is sourced from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Advice on the best time to visit a particular destination is based on average local weather statistics, when the weather conditions are generally better than at other times of the year. We consider high and low temperatures, risk of rain (and thunderstorms, etc.), amount of sunshine and sea temperature. For general outdoor activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 18°C (64°F) and 27°C (80°F); and for hot-weather activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 24°C (75°F) and 32°C (89°F). Often, the best times to visit correspond to high season and therefore involve higher prices.

Latest update: Best time to visit Fiji: 28 September, 2023

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