Photo by: Tourism Fiji
There is – but relax, it’s not going to ruin your holiday. The south-east trade winds blow year-round to some degree, and they’re what affects the temperature and climate. But they’re strongest generally in the winter months – between June and October. This, of course, is the dry peak season, so there’s a trade-off, there will be less rain, but you have more chance of higher winds, especially in the afternoons. That’s why it’s worth considering a holiday to Fiji outside of the peak season – don’t forget that May is a great month for rainfall and wind. Although those who wish to try kite-boarding might consider this time to visit – especially on the north coast of Viti Levu, which is one of the Pacific’s best kite-boarding destinations.
Is the weather the same everywhere in Fiji?
In a word: no. Sure, all 333 islands of Fiji experience the same tropical maritime climate, but there are a lot of microclimates all over the islands, which might affect how nice the weather is where you’re staying.
Rainfall is heavily influenced by the topography of the islands. And Fiji’s main island (which is the most populated and is where most resorts are) is very mountainous (as are its second and third largest mountains – Vanua Levu and Taveuni). So where you stay can make a big difference on these islands.
The south-east trade winds create wet climate zones and rain-shadows. There are mountains as tall as 1324 metres on Viti Levu, so you’ll get a lot of variation. The windward side of Viti Levu receives over double the amount of rainfall as the other side – the leeward side. So it’s going to be a lot rainier around Fiji’s capital, Suva, than on its protected western coast.
So, where should I stay?