Dreaming of an island escape in Fiji? Whether you’re planning to travel solo, with your partner or with the whole family in tow, be sure to check out our travel guide, including the best time to visit, before you enjoy your own South Pacific holiday.
Where is Fiji?
A spectacular archipelago of over 300 islands and more than 500 islets, Fiji is an island nation situated in the South Pacific. Located approximately 2,000 km north of New Zealand and neighbouring Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Tonga, Fiji is perhaps best known for its beautiful beaches, friendly locals and laid back vibe. Across the country, there is so much to see and experience, from remote villages and traditional cultures through to vibrant cities and spectacular displays of natural beauty.
At just 3½ to 5 hours flight time from Australia’s east coast capitals to Nadi, one of the country’s largest cities, Fiji is a holiday destination that is pretty accessible to most Australian travellers, whether they happen to be looking for a quick long weekend escape or a relaxing extended stay. A little piece of paradise situated to the northeast of the Australian mainland, why not consider unwinding on Fiji’s beautiful beaches for your next holiday?
When is the best time to visit Fiji?
The best time to visit Fiji is during its shoulder season, which spans from May to June and also includes October. These months fall within the country’s dry season and generally outside of Australian school holidays, meaning that visitors are able to enjoy good weather without the crowds.
If you are searching for the lowest airfares and hotel rates, and aren’t too concerned with the weather, the wet season, which spans from November to April is also a good option. Rainfall is heavier at this time of year and temperatures are warmer, leaving the country sweltering with high humidity.
When is the best time to book flights to Fiji?
As a general rule of thumb, you’re likely to find the cheapest flights around three months prior to your departure. If you’re thinking of travelling to Fiji during its shoulder season, look at securing your flights from February to March.
When is the most expensive time to visit Fiji?
As with most destinations in the region, the most expensive time to visit Fiji coincides with its peak season, school holidays and the Christmas holiday period, when both flights and hotels are in high demand at these times of the year. If you’re hoping to avoid paying top dollar for your Fijian holiday, consider travelling outside of December and January and from July to September.
What is there to do in Fiji?
Swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving
An archipelago of beautiful islands and islets, there are countless spots across Fiji that are perfect for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. Home to spectacular coral reefs, including the Great Sea Reef and the Great Astrolabe Reef, and over 1,000 different species of fish, the fascinating ecosystem found beneath the surface of Fiji’s waters is nothing short of breathtaking. Hire a snorkel and explore on your own, or join one of the country’s accredited dive operators to discover some of Fiji’s best kept secrets from those in the know. There are a number of renowned dive sites scattered across the island nation, with some of the best including Rakiraki (home to more than 50 dive sites), Somosomo Strait (boasting a variety of colourful coral reefs) and Bligh Waters (attracts a large number of school fish).
If you’re searching for the perfect island escape, book a stay at one of Fiji’s luxurious holiday resorts. Offering you all the services you need, including meals and comfortable accommodation, as well as an assortment of additional extras, such as relaxing massages, thrilling local activities and delicious tropical cocktails, a stay in one of the country’s many resorts provides the perfect excuse to kick back, relax and unwind. Spend the day sipping on cocktails poolside, lazing on the beach or simply enjoying a touch of me-time.
Culture and history
Fiji is a proud Melanesian nation that boasts a rich culture and history. With any visit to Fiji, you should take the time to acquaint yourself with the events, people and customs that help to make the country so special. A tradition common across the South Pacific, a kava ceremony is an authentic Fijian experience that shouldn’t be missed. If you find yourself in Suva, pay a visit to the Fiji Museum to learn about how life in Fiji, the local language and the culture has changed over the past few thousand years. You’ll find fascinating exhibits showcasing everything from musical instruments and ceremonial necklaces through to a traditional huge double-hulled canoe, and also have the opportunity to learn more about how the local Indian population has helped to shape the country over time.
What should you know before you travel?
Crime tends to occur more often in Fiji’s larger cities and at night. As with most destinations around the world, caution and vigilance are best practised to ensure that you and your belongings stay safe. If you are concerned about your safety ahead of your arrival, research your accommodation options well, as some hotels and resorts do take more extensive security measures than others.
Mosquito-borne illnesses can be contracted in Fiji, so be sure to cover up or make use of insect repellents if you find yourself spending time outside at dawn or dusk.
The sun in Fiji, much like the rest of the South Pacific, can be quite intense, resulting in rather severe sunburn in a relatively short period of time. Before heading out into the sun, be sure to apply sunscreen to all exposed areas of skin and to cover up with a hat, sunglasses and clothing. If you are planning on going swimming, ensure that you take sunscreen with you to reapply after towel drying.