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Best Time of Year to Visit Fiji

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The beach at Taunovo Bay at sunset
Sunset at Taunovo Bay, on Viti Levu.

Fiji is a tropical paradise...with weather to match! This luscious country is blessed with natural beauty both on the land and under the water.

Fiji wholesalers--and many of the resorts themselves--are very active when it comes to special offers, discounts, extra inclusions, etc., and so these kinds of deals are changing all the time. Most websites aren't able to keep those specials up to date--there's just too many of them, and they're changing and expiring all the time. At Visual Itineraries, we track the offers from the major wholesalers daily, and our specialists have tools that show them all the available offers and discounts for a particular property instantly.


Romance and Privacy at Royal Davui Island Resort Fiji (All Inclusive - Meals Only) 7 nights with air from 4,799 per person
Royal DavuiRoyal Davui Island is an adults-only barefoot luxury Fijian resort. Just 16 exquisitely appointed private Vales nestle around 10 acres of lush tropical landscape. At Royal Davui you will enjoy the best of both worlds: genuine care and warmth with staff calling you by name, in addition to the privacy and freedom to be secluded in your own tropical oasis. With spa treatments designed by Pure Fiji, private plunge pools in every villa and easy access from Nadi airport are just a few of the extra touches that make Royal Davui Fiji Island Resort special and unique.

The concept of responsible luxury has always been front of mind with Royal Davui. Wishing to keep the island as natural as possible, the owners designed the villas, buildings and amenities to blend into the existing vegetation and old growth trees. The reef surrounding the island as been declared “TABU” (sacred); with no fishing is allowed within 1 mile of the island. As a result a stunning marine reserve with countless species of fish, clams and coral has been created. We invite you to experience this all inclusive adults-only luxury island resort for yourself.

At Royal Davui Island Fiji, we endeavour to provide a unique barefoot experience while maintaining our Responsible Luxury approach to our environment. We are very conscious that the fragile environment in which we live is our main attraction and have made a conscious effort to minimize our impact.

As a resort operation, we have eliminated all single use plastic items such as plastic straws, water bottles and miniature size amenities. The vast majority of the produce used in our kitchen is sourced locally within Fiji with all fish used being line caught and sustainable.
Learn more about Royal Davui

Round-trip airfare on Fiji Airways from Los Angeles to Nadi
Airport Meet & Greet
Round-trip helicopter transfer from Nadi to the Resort
7 Nights at Royal Davui Island, Fiji in an Island Pool Villa
Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily
Tea, coffee and filtered water
Room service and private dining
Love Shack picnics
Pure Fiji amenities
Royal Davui Welcome Lei on arrival
Twice daily maid service
Sunset canapés each evening
Weekly Beach BBQ (Sundays)
Weekly Managers Cocktail (Fridays)
Warm loaf of Grandma’s banana bread on arrival
Weekly Kava Ceremony
Nightly Entertainment
Complimentary access to the fitness center
Complimentary WIFI in and around the main facility and villas
Complimentary use of all non-motorized water sports and activities including kayaks, catamarans, stand up paddle boards
Complimentary guided island snorkeling tours & snorkeling equipment

See our complete list of travel specials for the islands of Fiji.


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If you're trying to decide where to stay in the Mamanucas, Viti Levu, Vanua Levu, the Yasawas, or any of the other islands, we can help! For the 80 resorts there, we've got over 1,000 high-resolution photos, 62 videos, and even some virtual tours to help you find your perfect Fijian bure. Click here to use our Visual Explorer to check out all of them.

You're going to fly into Nadi (pronounced "Nandi"), which is one of the two main cities in Fiji (the other being Suva). Both of these cities are on the main island of Viti Levu. The tourist areas on this island where the hotels are are the Coral Coast, and Denarau Island. Here, you'll mostly find traditional multi-room hotels, which are less expensive in general than the island resorts, and tend not to have separate bures.

The Mamanucas (pronounced "Mamanoothas") are the chain of islands that starts just off the west coast at Nadi, and curves around to the northwest. This is where you'll find many islands resorts with beach bures (including Liku Liku, which has overwater bures). Some of these islands have just one resort on the entire island; some have 2 or 3. These islands are easy (and inexpensive) to get to via a quick boat shuttle from Nadi, and tend to be moderately priced. Great snorkeling and scuba diving is very close by on the Malolo Barrier Reef.

Just north of the Mamanucas is the Yasawa island chain. These islands have just a few resorts, very high-end, with lots of privacy, stunning beaches, and very small numbers of guests per resort. One of my favorites there is Yasawa Island Resort.

Fiji's second largest island is Vanua Levu, which sits to the northeast of Viti Levu. It's far enough away that you'll need to take an island hopper flight out to your resort. It's very popular with scuba divers, and in fact Jacques Cousteau's son Jean-Michel Cousteau has a fantastic resort there, called Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort. The Somosomo Strait, which separates Vanua Levu and the smaller island Taveuni, has many world-class dive sites. Namale and Koro Sun are two of the other more notable resorts on Vanua Levu.

Taveuni is popular with divers for the same reason Vanua Levu is--proximity to the fantastic soft coral gardens and walls in the Somosomo Strait. Here, be sure to check out Laucala, Matangi, and Qamea.

Beqa (pronounced "Benga") Lagoon is well known for shark diving--but, you don't have to be a diver to enjoy this area, as the islands nearby (including Beqa Island itself) are home to some fantastic 5-star resorts, such as Lalati and Royal Davui.

TRAVEL SPECIAL: First Landing Beach Resort

First Landing Beach Resort and Villas 5 nights from 525 per person
First Landing Beach ResortOur first guests arrived 3,500 years ago and liked the place so much, they stayed.

According to local legend, the first Fijians arrived around 1500 BC, landing on the beach at First Landing.

Today, you too can discover and enjoy this intimate, authentic Fijian resort, ideally located only 25 minutes away from Nadi and 35 minutes from Denarau Island, for your Fiji holiday. The resort has easy access to the nearby Mamanuca Islands, by boat from the resort's new jetty or adjacent Vuda Yacht Marina.

We are a small, owner-operated resort, featuring a range of accommodation options from Fijian style Bures to our two bedroom, luxurious, self-catering Royal Villa or Garden Villas, each situated in their own enclosed tropical garden with a full sized pool. We also have a lively bar and popular beachside restaurant. We pride ourselves on personal attention to our guests, and the genuine hospitality of our staff will ensure your stay is a memorable one.

First Landing Beach Resort is the perfect location for a destination stay in Fiji, in combination with an outer island resort or cruise or a short stop-over in Fiji due to our location. Come and learn about the fascinating history, culture and natural heritage of this special place!

First Landing has a great choice in accommodation ranging from affordable Bures (Fijian for cottage) which comprise Tropical Garden Bures, Deluxe Tropical Garden Bures and Beachfront Spa Bures to Luxury 2 bedroom Villas to Garden and Beach Villa with private pool swimming pool and enclosed private garden and Oceanview Apartments. We have some rooms with disabled facilities on request. The room rates are for 2 adults and 2 children (16yrs and under) with daily continental breakfast.

Our activities bure at the poolside is the place to go to find out what can be planned for the day around the resort… perhaps a Fijian cooking class, or a walk through the gardens to learn how the Fijians use the local plants, bit of fish feeding or learn how to weave coconut leaves into all kinds of practical things, or work on strategies for the evening's crab race plus many more interesting activities. The resort has kayaks located at the beachside along with snorkelling gear for our guests.

With a stunning long golden sand beach, majestic sunsets and lush tropical gardens, First Landing provides an absolutely superb backdrop for your wedding. First Landing is an authentic Fijian style property that offers a range of affordable wedding packages and accommodation options.

If a honeymoon is meant to be a celebration of love in an intimate, secluded and most importantly, a beautiful tropical setting, then First Landing Beach Resort is the best backdrop for all these things. There are endless ways to let the magic of friendly Fiji dazzle you on your holiday as a newly married couple.

First Landing Beach Resort & Vilas is a perfect destination for conference groups looking for a tropical retreat. With superb ocean views and lush tropical surrounds for your conference breakouts, this resort immediately places all delegates in a positive mindset, creating a relaxing and rewarding environment to host your conference or team building activities. Our resort conference facilities cater from10 to 200 delegates.
Learn more about First Landing Beach Resort

Hotel Amenities
24-hour front desk
Barbeque grills
Bell staff/porter
Complimentary newspaper in lobby
Concierge desk
Conference facilities
Dry cleaning
Elevators Not Available
Fire safety compliant
Free high speed internet connection
Gift/News stand
Grocery store
Guest must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination
Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer
Guests must provide health documentation
Luggage service
Masks are available to guests
Minimum age for proof of COVID-19 vaccination requirement:
Multilingual staff
Onsite COVID-19 testing (Antigen) is required
Onsite COVID-19 testing (Antigen/Rapd) is available
Onsite laundry
Property confirms they are implementing enhanced health & safety measures
Property is cleaned with disinfectant
Protective clothing is available to guests
Reservations are required for onsite COVID-19 testing
Safe deposit box
Social distancing measures are in place
Staff wears personal protective equipment
Tour/sightseeing desk
Wedding Services†

Typical airfares from LAX to Nadi, Fiji

Airfares vary by season, but also day of week, and are definitely affected by holidays. The chart above shows the typical minimum and maximum fares for a economy class ticket from Los Angeles (LAX) to Nadi International Airport, by month. We gathered this data in June 2016 from

TRAVEL SPECIAL: Matamanoa Island Resort

Mystical Matamanoa 7 nights with air from 2,599 per person
Matamanoa Island ResortMatamanoa Island is an intimate and secluded Fijian Resort. We are set in the beautiful Mamanuca Islands of Fiji approximately 30 kilometres west of the Nadi International Airport.

One Island – One Resort. With only 47 rooms, Matamanoa is for those who dream of peace and tranquillity. Come ashore and experience a true gift of nature. Matamanoa is 4-star deluxe adults only with a minimum age to visit of 16 years.

The Island boasts a volcanic cone jutting out of the azure waters of this marine sanctuary. Clad with native bush and palm trees, the brilliance of the vegetation contrasts magnificently with the white curved sandy beaches and coral reefs. Combined with nature, we have created a haven for those who want to relinquish the pressures of a busy lifestyle.

Matamanoa allows you complete days of rest or a wide range of leisure activities and cultural excursions: swim in the infinity pool and soak up the vista; or snorkel in the beautiful Pacific Ocean; try your hand at tennis or sip a long cocktail at the bar as the sun sets; experience the unique treetop spa and be massaged with the scent of exotic aroma oils, a truly heavenly experience. Discover the magic of this beautiful Island and make new memories.
Learn more about Matamanoa Island Resort

Round-trip airfare on Fiji Airways from Los Angeles to Nadi
Round-trip transfer from Nadi Airport to Port Denarau
Round-trip launch transfer from Port Denarau to Matamanoa Island
7-night Matamanoa Island Resort, Resort Room
Breakfast daily
US/foreign taxes & fees including September 11 Security Fee
Meal packages are available, ask for details.

UPGRADE to a Beachfront Bure from $560/person

UPGRADE to a Beachfront Villa form $999/person

Best time of year to go to Fiji

If you're coming from North America, you should try to set out between late April to early June, or late July through August, due to decreased fares on Air Pacific and Air New Zealand. June to October are the coldest and driest months in Fiji. Cyclone season runs from November to April. Hotels and resorts offer low prices in February and March as most are vacant.

Average temperatures in Fiji

From May through November, Fiji's winter, temperatures are warm during the day--around 80 degrees Fahrenheit--and cooler at night and in the early mornings. During the summer rainy season from November through April, temperatures can reach 95 degrees Fahrenheit with late afternoon showers. Fiji offers a tropical climate with higher humidity and rain during the summer and lower temperatures with dry air in the winter. However, the winds cause climate variances from island to island. Speak with your travel specialist about weather around your resorts.

Beachfront bures at Tokoriki Island Resort
Beachfront bures at Tokoriki Island Resort.

TRAVEL SPECIAL: Nanuku Auberge Resort

Nanuku Resort Fiji 5 nights from 4,908 per person
Nanuku Auberge ResortDiscover shared moments with some of the most gracious, charming hosts you’ll ever meet, and explore the lush, tropical paradise they call home. Whitewater raft through black volcanic walls barely five meters apart, snorkel among vividly-hued coral, hunt for crabs in dense mangrove forest, and trek up soaring sand dunes. World-class surfing, taking in a tribal kava ritual, dining in the treetops, enjoying a private atoll picnic, training like the Fiji national rugby sevens team, and lying around on two miles of white-sand beach. And we’re just getting started.

On approach to Nanuku’s port cochere, a warrior will beat a lali (wooden drum) signaling your arrival. You will be met and welcomed by your itokani (buddy) dressed in full Fijian dress as a village chief. As he offers you a bu (freshly picked young coconut) and places a tekiteki (flower) behind your ear, the rhythmic beatings of the lali will be joined by the sounds of a conch shell being blown by another warrior. As your itokani guides you to the Club House, he will explain the significance of the costumes, and each traditional ritual, enriching your experience of legendary Fiji from the very beginning.

Sail the crystal-clear turquoise waters along the fringing reefs of Beqa Lagoon to reach Nanuku Island, your own private island paradise of white sandy beach covered with swaying hundred year-old coconut trees. Explore the sandy trails meandering through shaded rainforest canopy, or linger along the coast, where you’ll take in the rhythmic lapping of the gentle waves that surround you from all sides. Keep your eyes peeled and you might even spot a leatherback turtle returning to hatch and bury its eggs. Enjoy a guided snorkeling tour amidst giant clams along Nanuku’s protected reef, paddleboard and kayak the serene waters, cast a line for local snapper, trout or trevally, or just lie back on your hammock and soak in the island tranquility.

While Natadola Bay Golf Course tests elite players during the annual Fiji International, every other day, this championship level course welcomes players of all levels. Designed by former World No. 1 and Fiji golfing legend Vijay Singh and world-renowned golf course architect Greg Letsche, dramatic landscapes abound, from rolling pastures to absolute beachfront. Stunning coral reef and Pacific Ocean vistas await on 15 out of 18 holes.
Learn more about Nanuku Auberge Resort

Price includes hotel stay and all taxes and fees.

What's a Bure?

A bure is technically the Fijian word for a wood and straw hut. In traditional Fijian culture, there was a vale, which was the "family house", and then separate bures for the men to meet, eat and sleep.

Today, you'll find any kind of detached bungalow referred to as a bure. With the exception of the main island of Viti Levu, you'll find that nearly all resort accommodations in Fiji are bures (the main island has a number of more traditional multi-room hotels).

Bures come in a number of "flavors": beachfront, garden, and even overwater bures (at Likuliku). And Matangi has a romantic Treehouse Bure, as does Koro Sun Resort.

Rainstorm at Taunovo Bay, Fiji

TRAVEL SPECIAL: Hilton Fiji Beach Resort and Spa

Hilton Fiji Beach Resort and Spa 5 nights from 2,200 per person
Hilton Fiji Beach Resort and SpaHilton Fiji Beach Resort and Spa is ideally located on 2.5 km of beach on Denarau Island.
Learn more about Hilton Fiji Beach Resort and Spa

Hotel Amenities
Accessible facilities more (+) †
Air conditioning†
All public areas non-smoking†
ATM/Cash machine†
Car rental desk†
Coffee shop†
Complimentary self service laundry†
Concierge desk†
Connecting rooms†
Housekeeping - daily†
Late check-out available†
Laundry/Valet service†
Meal plan available†
Multilingual staff†
Room service†
Room service†
Security more (+) †
Sundry/Convenience store†
Tour/sightseeing desk†
Transportation services - local area†
Turndown service†

Storms in Fiji

During the winter rainy season, afternoon showers occur with frequency. In the case of a tropical storm or cyclone, residents and travelers are relocated to safe areas. Tropical storms during the rainy season are not uncommon: the last major cyclones to hit Fiji occurred in December of 2012, March of 2010, December of 2009, December of 2007 and December of 2003.

If it rains while you're there--then it's a perfect time to sit down with the locals and try kava, a traditional drink made from the kava root. It's got a mild calming effect, and there's a little ceremony that goes with each sip you take--the locals will be sure to teach you. It tastes a bit like dirty water, with a bit of a sparkling edge to it...but it's an experience you really should try while you're there.

A little inclement weather might encourage you to forgo a snorkel trip and experience a Lovo: it's a traditional Fijian feast, a bit like the Hawaiian luau, complete with a pig roasted in an underground oven, wrapped in banana leaves. Often this will be combined with the Meke, which is a traditional story-telling dance performance, with an orchestra performing on percussion instruments.



Water temperature, SCUBA diving in Fiji

Fiji has warm water temperatures year-round although thin wetsuits are recommended for deeper dives. In the northern islands of Vanua Levu and Taveuni, the rainy season (November through April) has a much greater effect and if you really want to dive that area, you'd be advised to stick to the dry season. In the Mamanucas, Beqa, and on Viti Levu it's not nearly as much of a concern, and diving and weather in general is pretty nice all year round.

Popular dive areas:

  • the Black Forest--ancient black coral trees, diverse assortment of fish and marine life, near Wananavu Beach Resort
  • near Taveuni you'll find The Ledge, The Great White Wall, Jerry's Jelly, and Annie's Bommie; nearby resorts include Qamea, Laucala, Matangi, Taveuni Palms, Paradise Taveuni, Maravu, and Taveuni Island Resort
  • the Great Astrolabe Reef is near Kadavu Island, and this is considered to be the largest living organism in Fiji, with tons of varieties of hard and soft corals and diverse marine life; it's about 40 miles from the major resorts at Beqa Lagoon
  • Naiqoro Passage has both a wide variety of coral plus schools of sharks and barracuda
  • Beqa Lagoon, near Beqa Lagoon Resort, Lalati, Royal Davui, and Shangri La, is known for shark encounters as well as brightly colored coral, and is considered one of the best lagoons for diving in the South Pacific
  • in the Mamanucas, you'll find gorgeous corals, some sharks, and plenty of colorful fish and marine life, especially around the Malolo Barrier Reef; popular sites include Supermarket, Salamander shipwreck, Plantation Pinnacles, and Magic Island; there are many resorts in the Mamanucas to choose from
Wherever you dive in Fiji, I'll bet you'll be impressed with the diversity and density of undersea life. While the Somosomo Strait gets a lot of attention for the soft corals and wall dives, and Beqa Lagoon gets a lot of attention for its sharks, there's tons to see on the Malolo Barrier Reef, next to the Mamanuca islands--and it's mostly at shallow depths...great for newer scuba divers and snorkelers.

TRAVEL SPECIAL: Lomani Island Resort

Lomani Island Resort Romantic Escape 5 nights with air from 2,799 per person
Lomani Island ResortThis boutique resort is hidden amongst the swaying palms and beautiful white sand beaches of Malolo Lailai Island. "Lomani" in Fijian means love, and Lomani Island Resort offers a tranquil and romantic atmosphere that is ideal for those seeking total relaxation.

Create your perfect Fijian retreat at the adults-only Lomani Island Resort. Alternate lazy mornings on the beach with adventure-filled afternoons snorkeling, water-skiing, or hiking. A romantic getaway at a beautiful resort is the ultimate guilt-free, stress-free holiday, and you can find everything you need to relax, rejuvenate, and reconnect at Lomani Island Resort.

Once home to a copra plantation, Malolo Lailai Island now features an abundance of palms, frangipani, hibiscus and bougainvillea – and that’s just on the island! Explore Fiji’s breathtaking underwater scenery with our diving and snorkeling courses, or explore all that Fiji has to offer with our surfing, island-hopping, and parasailing tours.

Adventure not your thing? Be truly pampered at the Lomani Spa, situated in an open-air beach bure, or sample some of Fiji’s great culinary delights at Flame Tree Restaurant.
Learn more about Lomani Island Resort

Round-trip airfare on Fiji Airways from Los Angeles to Nadi
Round-trip private transfers Nadi to Port Denarau
Round-trip ferry transfer from Port Denarau to Lomani Island Resort
5 nights Lomani Island Resort, Deluxe Suite
Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
Welcome shell lei and fresh green coconut on arrival
Complimentary WiFi (2 devices)
Laundry wash, dry and fold service
15-minute foot massage per person
Complimentary use of kayaks, stand-up paddle bords, windsurfers, bicycles, snorkeling equipment, hobie cats and gym
BONUS receive two 30-minute tropical massages per room per stay
US/foreign taxes and Fees including September 11 Security Fee

Flower in lily pond, Taunovo Bay, Fiji

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About the author, Michael Cottam

Founder of Visual Itineraries, Michael lives in Bend, Oregon. He's an avid traveler, scuba diver, photographer, and a private pilot, and also the founder of Bright Yonder. He's been a Rotarian for 19 years, currently on the board of the Greater Bend Rotary Club. He's also an SEO consultant, and has spoken at MozCon and SEMpdx's SearchFest. Follow Michael on LinkedIn, Pinterest and Twitter.