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Best time to visit Fiji?

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May

  • Cheap flights
  • Low rainfall
  • Cheap accommodation
  • Less crowded
  • Warm weather

The best time of year to visit Fiji is during May. Not only will you score cheaper flights and accommodation at this time of year, but you’ll also enjoy clear sunny skies with low chances of rain and high temperatures, making this the best time for outdoor activities. May is also right before the start of peak season so there’s usually fewer crowds around the islands and goods and services pricing should still be very competitive.

Fiji weather

One of the best things about visiting a warm tropical climate in the South Pacific, is that you’re sure to have warm weather all year round. Good and bad weather in Fiji is then determined by the wet and dry season, meaning how much rainfall you’re likely to get each month. The best time to Fiji for clear blue skies is from May through to September. October through to April make up the wet season which is also the time of year most at risk of cyclone. However, it is also when you’re going to have the highest temperatures seen throughout the year.

Average rainfall in Fiji by month

in millimetres

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Average temperature in Fiji by month

in degress celcius

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Fiji flights

The average price of flights to Fiji change drastically throughout the year. Flights will always be the most expensive around key travel times such as holiday periods and around the peak travel season. Some of the most expensive months for getting to Fiji and back are in June, July, August and September but prices spike to their highest in December around the school holidays. The cheapest flights to be found are during the wet season, with February being the cheapest month to fly.

Average price of flight to Fiji by month

Brisbane departure, accurate as of June 2019, averages collected by kayak.com.au

$ Cheapest $$ Expensive
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

Fiji accommodation

If you’re wondering when to go to Fiji to take advantage of the cheaper accommodation periods you’ll want to take your Fiji holiday during the wet season, which starts in October and goes through to April. However be careful as prices for resorts in Fiji can spike around the holiday season at the end of the year. The dry/peak season see the highest average prices for accommodation in Fiji, July and August in particular, which are also the two months with the highest number of tourists visiting Fiji in 2018.

Average accommodation price by month

average of hotel prices for 3 nights with 2 guests, 3 star hotels located within Fiji accurate as of June 2019

$ Cheapest $ Cheapest $ Cheapest $ Cheapest $ Cheapest $$ Expensive $ Cheapest
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

Fiji ON/Off peak periods

The most popular time to visit Fiji is from June through to September which is considered to be the on or peak season. International travellers flock to the islands of Fiji during this time for the dry season. The number of travellers spike again in December during the holidays, despite the month of December being in the middle of the wet season. Generally the wet season is considered the off peak season, but the months of November to April still see many people travelling to Fiji to enjoy all that the islands has to offer. So if you’re keen to visit Fiji without the crowds, the best time for sightseeing is from February to April.

Fiji ON/OFF periods

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JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
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International arrivals into Fiji 2018

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Where to go in Fiji

Whichever of the Fiji islands you visit you’re sure to have an amazing time, but here’s some of the most popular spots to visit during your stay.

Viti Levu

Viti Levu

If you’re flying into Fiji, you’ll be landing at Nadi airport on Viti Levu, the largest island of the Fiji Islands. But before you scurry off to enjoy the many delights the smaller islands have to offer, be sure to check out the main island’s attractions, from the Navala Village to the capital of Fiji, Suva, or even raft down the Navua River.

Vanua Levu

Vanua Levu

Vanua Levu is one of the larger islands in Fiji, but is nowhere near as busy as Viti Levu. For travellers looking for an escape into the more rustic side of Fiji, head to one of the hidden villages or immerse yourself in the lush rainforests and try to spy some of the unique birds, reptiles and mammals that make the forests their home.

Mamanuca Islands

Mamanuca Islands

If you’re wondering where to go snorkeling in Fiji, look no further than the Mamanuca islands. Made famous by the film Cast Away and Survivour: Fiji, the turquoise waters and untouched white sandy beaches, the Mamanuca islands perfectly encapsulate the ideal Fijian beach.

Yasawa islands

Yasawa islands

If you’re wondering where to go snorkeling in Fiji, look no further than the Mamanuca islands. Made famous by the film Cast Away and Survivour: Fiji, the turquoise waters and untouched white sandy beaches, the Mamanuca islands perfectly encapsulate the ideal Fijian beach.

Denarau island

Denarau island

Considered the island of luxury, Denarau island is actually connected to the main island by a causeway meaning it’s extremely accessible for those travellers flying in. Denarau island is the place to go for stunning swimming pools, shopping excursions and exciting culinary experiences.

Diving in Fiji

Diving in Fiji

Fiji boasts some of the most vibrant and spectacular coral reefs in the world. The reefs surrounding the islands of Fiji are home to thousands of species of marine life and hundreds of types of coral. There are a variety of ways to explore these gorgeous reefs from scuba-diving for an up-close look to snorkelling amongst giant manta rays and green sea turtles. The months between May and October are the best time for diving in Fiji if you’re hoping to catch a glimpse of these beautiful marine animals.

Do I need a visa for Fiji?

Before you head off on your trip to Fiji here are some important things you need to know before you go.

  • Australians looking to travel to Fiji do not require a travel visa for stays up to 4 months. There are other requirements for obtaining entry into Fiji. Travellers must have a Passport that is valid for 6 months from the date of arrival, have return or outbound tickets and have confirmation of accommodation for the duration of their visit.

This information was sourced from fijihighcom.com/consular/visa-services-permits-waivers as of 2019.

Health risks in Fiji

Dengue Fever

There are no vaccinations to prevent dengue fever which is transmitted through mosquito bites. Symptoms include fever, aching joints and muscles, vomiting, headaches and nausea.

Hepatitis A

Symptoms include fever, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Extreme cases can result in liver damage.

Typhoid

Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

What vaccinations do I need for Fiji?

IMPORTANT

Vaccinations need to be taken before leaving for your trip. Try to get your vaccines 4-8 weeks before your trip.

High priority: Tetanus Diphteria vaccine

Needs to be done every 10 years. Protects against Tetanus which occurs when bacteria enters a wound and produces a neurotoxin that causes muscle rigidity and painful spasms.

High priority: Typhoid vaccine

Protects against Thyphoid Fever which occurs when salmonella is transmitted via contaminated food or water.

High priority: Hepatitis A vaccine

Protects against Hepatitis A, an infection of the liver, which occurs when contaminated food or water is consumed or when contact is made with infected people.

High priority: Hepatitis B vaccine

Protects against Hepatitis B, an infection of the liver which is spread through exposure to infected bodily fluids.

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Fiji FAQ's

What is the cheapest time to go to Fiji?

February is the cheapest month to visit Fiji for both flights and accommodation based on average from the past five years.

When is Fiji cyclone season?

November through to April is the wet season, which is when there is the highest risk of cyclones in the Fijian islands.

Is Fiji expensive?

Depending on the time of year you visit Fiji, prices in both flights and accommodation can fluctuate. To avoid the more expensive months try to time your holiday to coincide with the wet season from October through to April.

Am I covered for motorcycling when I go travelling?

To be covered for claims on a two and three wheeled motor vehicle you must comply with the following conditions:

  • As the driver or passenger you must wear a helmet (this is irrespective of the law of the country you are in)

As the Driver:

  • You must hold a driving licence appropriate for the country you are in and
  • If using a motorcycle rated 125cc or higher, you must hold a current and valid licence required for driving the equivalent rated motorcycle in Australia.

When can I claim my rental vehicle excess?

If you are liable to pay a rental vehicle excess as a result of damage to, or theft of a rental vehicle, we will pay up to the amount shown on the table of benefits for your level of cover as shown in the Product Disclosure Statement.

If I get sick or injured or lose my passport while overseas, will I be able to get help?

Yes – all our international travel insurance policyholders can access our worldwide, 24/7 overseas medical and emergency assistance service. If you have a medical emergency, you (or someone else on your behalf) must contact us as soon as possible.

What’s not covered?

We do not cover certain situations and circumstances, including:

  • failure to get relevant inoculations or vaccinations
  • errors or omissions in your travel bookings
  • incidents involving drugs or alcohol
  • loss of luggage and personal effects left unattended
  • countries listed as ‘Do not travel’ on the federal government’s Smartraveller website
  • certain pre-existing medical conditions
  • medical expenses incurred in Australia (which are already covered by Medicare or your private health insurer).

Helpful travel tools

If you’re planning a trip to Fiji, be sure to check out our Fiji travel guide to help you decide where to stay in Fiji and some extra travel tips about Fijian culture and customs.

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