Best time to visit Fiji

Joanne Owen

written by
Joanne Owen

updated 17.06.2024

Crystal-clear waters to bathe in. Dazzling coral reefs to dive and snorkel. Lush tropical landscapes to hike. The South Pacific archipelago of Fiji is the epitome of a tropical paradise, with added adventure. Wondering when to visit this true treasure of a destination? Read on for detail on the best time to visit Fiji, considering seasonal weather patterns, and reasons to visit at different times of the year, including the best times to surf, dive, and watch whales.

Best time to visit Fiji — seasonal overview

Ultimately, the best time to visit Fiji depends on your personal preferences and budget. That is to say, you need to consider the activities you most want to do, and whether you're looking to avoid peak-season crowds and costs, or love embracing high-season high-energy. You’ll also want to be aware of the weather. 

  • The first thing to know is that Fiji experiences two distinct seasons, with the May to October dry season considered the best time to visit Fiji.
  • Coinciding with the Southern Hemisphere winter, Fiji’s dry season means cooler temperatures, lower humidity, and reduced rainfall. It’s also peak tourist season.
  • Meanwhile, the November to April wet season is characterized by higher temperatures and humidity, with frequent, short bursts of heavy rainfall. 
  • Also prone to cyclones — especially from December to mid-April — this period is (unsurprisingly) a low season for tourism.

So, if you’re looking for what most folks consider to be the ideal weather conditions, visit during the dry season. You’ll be able to enjoy pretty much everything the islands have to offer.

If you're into surfing or diving, the shoulder season months of April, May, October, and November offer great conditions with fewer tourists.

Keep reading for the best time to visit Fiji, depending on your interests and budget.

Starting to plan your perfect trip? Take inspiration from our Fiji itiernaries.

Fiji beach © Martin Valigursky/Shutterstock

The dry season is generally considered to be the best time to visit Fiji © Shutterstock

May to October — best for all-round island idyll

In general, Fiji’s May-October dry season offers travellers the broadest balance of activities. 

During these months, the weather is cooler and drier, making it ideal for beach activities and outdoor exploration alike. Take your pick from snorkelling, diving and hiking, mixed with blissing out on Fiji’s beautiful beaches.

While it’s tricky to pick between them, we especially love Horseshoe Bay on Matangi Island — it’s blissfully tranquil and secluded. It’s also worth noting that the Yasawa Islands offer numerous idyllic beaches, such as those on Nanuya Levu (Blue Lagoon) and Waya Island.

When it comes to adventure activities, when on Taveuni, you could hike to Tavoro Waterfalls to see a trio of falls in Bouma National Heritage Park, traversing lush rainforest scenery en route.

Meanwhile, over on Viti Levu, you can hike Mount Tomanivi — Fiji's highest peak, no less ­— and explore trails and traditional culture in Koroyanitu National Heritage Park. 

Or how about discovering unique coastal dunes and archaeological sites in Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park, or enjoying thrilling river rafting and kayaking adventures on Upper Navua River and Wainikoroiluva River?

Find out more about outdoor activities in Fiji.

Popular Natadola Beach in Viti Levu Island, Fiji © Nina Janesikova/Shutterstock

Beginner surfers will love Natadola Beach, Viti Levu Island, Fiji © Nina Janesikova/Shutterstock

March to October — best for surfing

This period offers the best swells in Fiji, especially on the outer reefs. During these months, southeast trade winds blow, with low-pressure systems in the Tasman Sea providing consistent SW swells.

Getting to Fiji is straightforward, with Nadi serving as the gateway to some of the best surfing spots. Beginners would do well to head to Sigatoka Sand Dunes on Viti Levu’s Coral Coast. Here, gentle beach breaks are suitable for first-timers. In the same area, Natadola Beach offers soft waves and a sandy bottom.

Meanwhile, a good spot for intermediate surfers is Namotu Lefts near Namotu Island.

If you’re more experienced, try Cloudbreak off the coast of Tavarua Island. One of the world’s most famous surf breaks, this is known for its powerful waves. While also suitable for intermediate surfers on some days, only advanced wave-riders should tackle it during peak swell periods.


Diving with sharks, Fiji © Shutterstock

April-May, Oct-Nov — best for diving

Underwater visibility is best outside Fiji’s wet season, making April-May and October-November ideal for snorkelling and diving due to clearer waters and less runoff from rains.

As for where to dive and snorkel, Great Astrolabe Reef on Kadavu island is pretty amazing. 

One of the world's largest barrier reefs, it teems with marine life, including colorful corals, fish, and larger sea creatures like manta rays.

We also recommend Beqa Lagoon on Beqa Island. Famous for its shark diving experiences, where you can encounter various species of sharks in their natural habitat, it also offers excellent opportunities for snorkelling vibrant coral reefs.

Wondering where to stay? Read up on some of the best resorts in Fiji.

Woman snorkeling underwater over a coral reef in a tropical resort on Vanua Levu Island, Fiji.

Snorkelling Vanua Levu Island, Fiji © Shutterstock

July to October — best for whale-watching

From July to October, huge humpback whales migrate through Fiji’s warmer waters from Antarctica. Truly an unforgettable experience, be sure to book a guided trip if you visit Fiji during these months. 

Known for its sharks, Viti Levu’s Beqa Lagoon also offers whale watching trips during the migration season.

Another prime spot for spotting humpback whales is Natewa Bay on Vanua Levu— one of the largest bays in the South Pacific.

You could also take a trip to the Somosomo Strait between Taveuni and Vanua Levu, or Astrolabe Reef off Kadavu Island. Known for its pristine coral reefs, this area also offers great opportunities to spot humpback whales during their migration.

Humpback whales photographed with drone off the coast of Kapalua, Hawaii © Shutterstock

Humpback whales © Shutterstock

Nov to April — best for budget breaks

Sitting in the wet season, November through to April sees fewer tourists head to Fiji, resulting in lower prices for accommodation and activities. This includes the stunning island of Suva, known for its pristine beaches and rich cultural heritage.

Considering that Diwali sometimes falls in November, and given that December brings Christmas and New Year’s celebrations, don’t discount visiting in the wet season, especially if you’re looking for (ahem) discounts.

While you’ll need to come prepared for rainy days and potential disruptions due to tropical storms, rain showers are often quick to clear.

This means you’ll still get to enjoy all those beautiful beaches, including those on Savu, and indulge in some of the outdoor adventure activities outlined above, while saving bucks.


Viti Levi, Ffiji © Shutterstock

Tempted to visit? Read up on the best things to do in Fiji, and check out our Fiji itinerary ideas.

Joanne Owen

written by
Joanne Owen

updated 17.06.2024

Joanne is a Pembrokeshire-born writer with a passion for the nature, cultures and histories of the Caribbean region, especially Dominica. Also passionate about inspiring a love of adventure in young people, she’s the author of several books for children and young adults, hosts international writing workshops, and has written articles on the Caribbean and inspirational community initiatives for Rough Guides. Follow her @JoanneOwen on Twitter and @joanneowenwrites on Instagram.

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