• Summer Holiday Guide

    17 October 2015

    if one goes to Fiji or any other island group in the area (for example, Tahiti, Samoa or Cook Islands) for a beach vacation, then the best time to go is between April and early-October. The sun won't be directly overhead and blistering, heat and humidity won't be stifling. Also, it is not the rainy season during those months.

    April/May and October/November are the best  months for Fiji.  Water temps. are pleasant without  the chill you get from June to September.  The same applies to the  air temps. pleasant, quite warm but with cooler  nights.

     November through to March is humid and can be very hot, it is the wet season so rain is to be expected.  It can of course rain at any time of the year and does.

    Remember, weather in Fiji is a tricky animal. The time to go really depends on your reason for traveling. For those interested in diving or surfing, Fiji's winter months are the best time - for the biggest breaks and the best visibility.   For land activities such as hiking, biking or rainforest trekking, the cooler, drier winter months also make for a more pleasurable time.

    Others who are looking for the best time to snorkel when the water is warm and the surf is not as big, the summer months would be preferable.

    Diving is excellent throughout the year in the Fiji Islands. Due to the oceanic influences present in the region, and not continental, Fiji is lucky enough not to be affected by land run off or large scale weather shifts or monsoon seasons.  Kandavu and the Taveuni region are very popular diving areas with many world class dive sites.

    During the summer months,December to beinning of  March, the water temperature rises to a very comfortable 27-30°C (75-80°F). We recommend 2mm short suits for this time of year. This time of year is known for calm seas which enables liveaboards and diveboats to get to more remote reefs and island locations. The higher temperature does increase the oceanic plankton growth however, reducing visibility to around 70-80ft (24-26m) but attracting the manta rays in large numbers at many dive spots, especially Koro and Kadavu.

    Winter isJune to beginning of September, when water temperatures are 24-27°C (70-75°F). 3 or 5 mm steamers would be recommended.  This time of year is known for fabulous visibility of more than 100ft (30m) on every dive.)