Fiji is famous for its perfect waves that break in crystal blue water on reef passes as close as a quarter mile from shore, and as far out as 15 miles. As the Fiji islands are volcanic, the coral reefs rise abruptly out of the ocean so open swells unload with full power. Except for the smaller days, Fiji is best experienced by surfers with some ability and experience. In general, we recommend surfers traveling to Fiji have at least an intermediate level of ability with fair water skills. The more comfortable you are in the water, the lower level of overall surf skill required.
Fiji’s climate has distinct seasons. The cooler dry season is from April through October and the warm, wetter and more humid season is from November to March. Air temperatures range from the mid 70’s to mid 80’s year round, with water temperatures hovering in the same range, year around.
The seasonal “trade” winds blow from the southeast across the Fiji Islands June through September. These winds can blow relatively strong for 5-10 days at a time, and then often back down for a week before continuing the on and off cycle. These trade winds may not be favorable at many breaks, but each location with which we work has some “fall back” plan in the event of unfavorable conditions.
During the wet season winds blow from the north, which is offshore for most breaks along the south coast. The shoulder months of March through May and October through early November receive light and variable winds producing many glassy days.
The south swell window is generally from March through November while the north swells are biggest and most consistent from December through February. With the oceans going a bit berserk in this era of global warming, the South Pacific is now getting southern hemisphere swells year around, while it is very rare for Fiji to receive a north ground swell out of season.
If you’re looking for the biggest surf, March through November is the go. Surfers looking for the cleanest surf possible – and the least crowded – the wet season from December through February is excellent. Many people prefer to shoot for those shoulder months of March, April, May and September, October, November, hoping to get those glassy conditions with early or late south swells.