Fiji is a tropical paradise – with weather to match! This luscious country is blessed with natural beauty both on the land and under the water.
Best time of year to go to Fiji
If you’re coming from North America, you should try to set out between late April to early June, or late July through August, due to decreased fares on Air Pacific and Air New Zealand. June to October are the coldest and driest months in Fiji. Hurricane season runs from November to April. Hotels and resorts offer low prices in February and March as most are vacant.
Average temperatures in Fiji
From May through November, Fiji’s winter, temperatures are warm during the day – around 80 degrees Fahrenheit – and cooler at night and in the early mornings. During the summer rainy season from December through April, temperatures can reach 95 degrees Fahrenheit with late afternoon showers.
Fiji offers a tropical climate with higher humidity and rain during the summer and lower temperatures with dry air in the winter. However, the winds cause climate variances from island to island. Speak with your travel specialist about weather around your resorts.
Storms in Fiji
During the winter rainy season, afternoon showers occur with frequency. In the case of a tropical storm or cyclone, residents and travelers are relocated to safe areas. Although tropical storms during the rainy season are not uncommon, the last major cyclone to hit Fiji occured in December of 2003.
Water temperature, SCUBA diving and surfing in Fiji
Fiji has warm water temperatures year-round although thin wetsuits are recommended for deeper dives. Fiji’s colorful soft coral is especially well known to divers and can be found on reefs, shelfs and in passages.
One famous dive location is the Malolo Barrier Reef, around Malolo Island in the Mamanuca Islands, with numerous key spots. Another key diving reef is Rainbow Reef, near Taveuni, in the Northern Islands.
The country’s best surfing is located on Tavarua Island.
Wildlife in Fiji
The start of the nature bushwalk at Castaway Island. Trekked during a December 2006 site inspection. Three types of sea turtles are found in the waters surrounding Fiji.
Intuitively, some of the 70 or so species of birds on the islands are named after the way their calls sound, such as the kaka (parrot).
Plants and flowers in Fiji
Fiji has six national parks, the first of which was created in 1989. Viti Levu’s Sovi Basin has been submitted to UNSECO as a potential World Heritage Site.
Two-fifths of the Fiji’s land mass is covered by dry forest, mangove forest or tropical rainforest. Tall grasses also dominate drier areas, or those that have been subjected to burning.
The national flower is called the Tagimaucia, after Tavenui’s Lake Tagimaucia.