Fiji weather is predominantly tropical due to its South Pacific island location a short distance from the equator. Temperatures don’t usually change much between seasons, although Fiji experiences two main weather patterns. Between the months of November and March is the warm season in Fiji. Temperatures generally reach between 80 and 86°F (27°C and 30°C), but much more rainfall is had.
About once a year on average, Fiji is hit by a cyclone (hurricane). These storms bring gale force winds and heavy rain for about a week, and should be avoided by tourists if possible. December through February is the most common period for cyclones, but they’re rarely hit by more than one a year.
The cool season falls between May and September. Temperatures at this time usually range between 71 and 75°F (22°C and 24°C), but it still remains relatively warm so swimming and snorkeling can still be enjoyed. Rainfall is also experienced during this time of the year, but is much less frequent than in the warm season.
Best Time to Visit Fiji
Fiji is pretty much great any time of the year. However, it is recommended that tourists avoid the cyclone period, which generally occurs in the humid wet winter. The high season is between April and October, when the weather is cooler, rainfall is less frequent, and the conditions are perfect for water-based activities. New Year’s Eve and Christmas are usually crowded, not to mention more expensive. Hotels drop their prices after the New Year’s Eve celebrations and even though January and February boast lower hotel rates, tourists still have to plan carefully around cyclones.