The name Fiji sounds very Oriental and many confuse it with Mount Fuji in Japan and several places in China. Fiji is much closer to the equator than are Japan and China, and is a tropical island-nation in southwestern Pacific Ocean, which means weather in Fiji is basically dry and humid.
Fiji belongs to a group of islands in the Pacific Ocean along with Vanuatu, the Kingdom of Tonga and the Samoan Islands, east of Australia and north of New Zealand. It is a popular tourist destination for vacationing Australians, New Zealanders, and Americans. A few travelers from the United States, in fact, take a prolonged layover in Fiji before continuing on to their final destinations either in Australia or New Zealand. Many European tourists also come to visit since Fiji is near Wallis Island, a French colony, and used to be British territory. Flying from London, however, is a long 27-hour flight.
Fiji is an archipelago of more than 300 islands and 500 islets. Tropical marine climate prevails all over the islands and throughout the year. There are no dramatic peaks or drops in temperature. Average temperature ranges from 25°C to 35°C, which could drop to 22 °C in the cooler months.
As in all tropical countries, Fiji has only two seasons, the wet and dry season. The wet months are from November to April. Although these months are cooler since dark clouds block off the scorching sun, they are much more humid, moist and icky. Major typhoons and cyclones could also occur during these months but rarely. So far based on records, there have been only 10 to 12 major cyclones in the past decade. It is best for tourists to avoid these wet months, although some do prefer them over the dry and hotter months of the year.
A tropical marine climate is also characterized by moist trade winds blown in by the warm seas. Winds are generally moderate expect during a cyclone. A cool breeze typically blows from noon to afternoon.
The best months to visit are from May to October, which are cool months but without the rain. They coincide with the Southern Hemisphere winter experienced in Australia and New Zealand, although there is no real winter in Fiji. It can still potentially rain during these months, and anytime in the year.
The hottest months are from December to April. Tourists may experience a few discomforts due to the very warm weather but these are the months when exotic Fijian flowers are in full bloom, making the country a truly beautiful paradise destination. (It is also in these months that hotel and ticket rates are not as expensive.)
Despite the rains, humidity and unpredictable weather in Fiji, it is generally warm and balmy in all the islands and regions. The largest and most important region is the island of Viti Levu. Most Fijians live here, specifically in the capital city of Savu, the economic center of Fiji. The second largest is Vanau Levu, while the most popular tourist destinations are Yasawa Islands and Mamanuca Islands. The two largest islands get more precipitation mainly because they generate more rain clouds.