Fiji Surf Seasons & Weather

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CLIMATE

Fiji's climate is classified as “marine tropical” and it 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

Being a South Pacific tropical island Fiji may receive rain year round, but the wet season also corresponds with the South Pacific cyclone Season.  Although it is rare to have a cyclone impact Fiji directly in any given year, it can happen, and does typically every 5+ years for a short period (3-5 days) of very intense and very bad weather.  The Fiji islands also have dry and wet sides similar to Hawaii – drier on the west and south, much more rain on the east and north.  The properties WaterWays has relationships with are all located on the southwest or southern end of the island chain.
WIND

As with most of the South Pacific, 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.

SWELL

The south swell window is generally from March through November (Rusty Preisendorfer loves March and Quiksilver has had November for 20+ years) 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.

To sum it up:  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.
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