Fiji Weather Guide
As a tropical island nation, Fiji experiences year-round warm temperatures and has only 2 seasons - wet and dry - differentiated by rainfall. While locals will say the seasons are warm and warmer, the average yearly temperatures range from 19 degrees to 33 degrees Celsius and the sea temps are around 25 to 28 degrees Celsius. The temps also vary slightly across the different island groups with Viti Levu and the Mamanuca Islands receiving the most sunshine and the smaller isles experiencing drier conditions than cities like Suva.
Season and Clothing
Wet Season: December to April
Fiji's wet season is when heavy rain falls on the islands. Generally, the climate during the wet season is hot and humid during the day. While things can get quite wet, showers don't usually last for very long, allowing ample time to enjoy some sunshine as well. However, hurricanes or tropical cyclones can occur during November to April but don't tend to cause much destruction in Fiji. Along with events celebrating traditional customs, many of Fiji's vibrant festivals reflect its Indian heritage too. In late February or early March, the festival of colours known as Diwali creates a kaleidoscope of coloured powders in the streets of Fiji's cities and towns. New Year's Eve is also a big celebration in Fiji with fireworks and a street party in Suva.
Average temperatures: 22 - 33 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Summer clothes, swimmers and sandals.
Don't forget: Sunscreen, sunglasses and a raincoat.
Dry Season: May to November
For the ultimate in balmy summer weather, Fiji's dry season is commonly regarded as the best time to visit. Not only is there less rainfall during the dry season but temperatures are also slightly cooler with humidity easing. This is also the time to visit Fiji if you are an avid surfer with breaks at their biggest and best during the cooler months. With less humidity, the conditions are also better suited for heading into the inland and rainforest areas to go hiking and biking. It's also when the majority of events are on. In August, the Hibiscus Festival takes over the capital, Suva. With traditional shows, parades and floats and even a Hibiscus Queen competition, it's a week of fair rides, food and fun. Other big annual events on during these months include the Bula Festival in Nadi and the Sugar Festival held in Lautoka. October sees the Hindu celebration of Diwali - the festival of lights.
Average temperatures: 19 - 29 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing Summer clothes, a bathing suit and sandals.
Don't forget: Sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat.