In Fiji, some things never change. The picturesque tropical sunsets, fresh coconuts and pristine turquoise waters are all exotic delights that can be experienced all year around. That said, if you are planning an excursion to the tropical archipelago, you need to consider one important changing factor that can affect your trip: whether you want to go in the high season, low season or shoulder season.
High season – July to September
The high season is often considered the best time of year to visit Fiji, because the weather is more temperate with lower chance of rain. However, due to the amazing weather at this time of year, Fiji can become crowed with many other holiday makers.
That said, this is the best time to visit Fiji if you are looking to do some water activities such as surfing and scuba diving; those looking to tie the knot in Fiji should also consider going in the high season as the region tends to be the most picturesque at this time of year.
You’ll often find that airfare and accommodation costs are at their loftiest during the high season with return economy flights from Sydney on Fiji’s official airline carrier, Fiji Airways, priced around from $700AUD per person.* In addition, staying at the exclusive Sheraton Denarau Villas will set you back $950AUD per night, but if you plan well in advance you can often catch early bird deals on offer from the resorts.
Shoulder seasons – May to June and October
While short lived, the two shoulder seasons either side of the high and low seasons often gives you the best of both worlds when travelling to Fiji – perfect weather at a reduced rate.
Return economy flights from Brisbane with Fiji Airways sit at around $630AUD per person, while staying at the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa will fetch around $360AUD a night.
Low Season – November to April
Also known as the ‘wet season’, the low season in Fiji tends to be on average about five degrees warmer than in the high and shoulder seasons, with considerably more humidity. That said the sun does break through the clouds often, so there is plenty of time to get a tan if you don’t mind getting a little bit wet.
Those travelling in the low season should seek out the drier island locations on Mamanuca and Yawasawa Islands as the heaviest rainfall tends to fall over the larger island of Viti Levu.
Return economy flights from Melbourne to Fiji with Fiji Airways start from around $360AUD per person during the low season, while accommodation at the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa will set you back $214 per night.
Fiji has always been a widely celebrated destination amongst travellers and with over 330 islands and a glorious tropical climate boasting a welcoming and festive culture, Fiji is a winning choice across the board. The most popular time of year to go for most travellers is during the country’s high season, which is also it’s driest and offers ideal mountain trekking climate as well as being the period the reef waters are the at their best for the scuba divers out there. Yet there are bargains to be had for those who choose to travel in the shoulder and low season.
From surfing, scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking, mountain climbing, quad treks, day cruises and sailing to more leisurely activities like spa time, yoga, and just chilling at your resort or on a beach Fiji has you covered as the destination with everything.
* All prices stated in this article as of 07/01/2014