If you’re after warm weather booking flights to Fiji is always a good idea. This sun-lover’s paradise has a tropical climate and the scenery isn’t bad either with blue lagoons, mountain backdrops and white-sand beaches bordered by coconut palm trees. Made up of 322 islands in the Pacific, Fiji can cater to any budget with hotels ranging from no-frills hostels, to 5 star resorts. Peak season is July to September with temperatures averaging 25C - 27C. July and August sees an influx of Kiwis escaping the New Zealand winter, so get in early to secure the best deals on flight tickets and hotels. The school holiday period in late July can see prices can go up by 10% to 20%; the Christmas period also tends to be busy in Fiji.
Fiji’s off season or ‘wet season’ is November through April and constitutes temperatures in the late 20Cs / early 30Cs, and high humidity punctuated by rainfall and short storms. The weather puts off many travellers at this time, but if you travel now you'll get the cheapest flights to Fiji and accommodation.
When is the best time to book a flight to Fiji?
There is no bad time to book a flight to Fiji, the weather is good throughout the year, even in the wet season. Look for discounted flights to Fiji in March and April which is a pleasant time to visit as it is at the end of the wet season. If you wish to avoid the worst of the rain and fewer people, then April, May, June and October are considered the best months to visit Fiji.
National carrier Fiji Airways operates two direct flights to Fiji per day from Auckland to Nadi, one flight a week from Wellington and 2 flights a week from Christchurch. Air New Zealand also offers several flights a week to Nadi. Fiji Link, the official domestic carrier of Fiji, is the fastest way to travel between the Fiji islands.
How to get from the airport to the city centre?
Nadi International Airport (NAN), where flights to Fiji land, is Fiji’s main gateway to the islands and is 10km from the city centre. You will find plenty of yellow airport taxis awaiting you from the arrivals area; the starting rate out of Nadi International Airport is FJD$5.00. There is also a public bus service which serves major towns and resorts.
Fiji insider information
With 330 islands, and, of course, the sea surrounding them, the underwater life in Fiji is nothing if not varied. Diving is popular, but snorkelling is also highly rated, even by professional divers. The clear waters and many shallows mean you can see much simply from the surface. Remember to cover up, either with a T-shirt or lots of sunblock: time can disappear while you’re floating around staring at fish and it’s very easy to get burnt.
The wonderfully named Garden of the Sleeping Giant is located close to Nadi. These landscaped gardens were created by Raymond Burr in the 1970s and are home to an impressive collection of orchids. Open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm, the peaceful gardens are rarely busy and you can spend many hours wandering in the shade.
The Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple in Nadi is the largest Hindu temple in the Southern hemisphere.
For a relaxing day trip, head out on a boat and go sailing. Cruises operate to the Yasawa Islands and the Mamanuca Islands. Alternatively, charter your own boat and explore the area.
Nowadays, thoughts of Fiji evoke a South Pacific paradise of beaches, but once the first association was rather more gruesome. To find out about the country’s cannibalistic past, visit the Fiji Museum in Suva. Located in the idyllic Botanical Gardens, some of the exhibits inside are a little more macabre. The collection includes artifacts from the past 3,700 years related to the islands. The cannibal section includes the forks they used as well as accounts from missionaries about their activities. Perhaps best to visit after lunch…
A sulu is similar to a sarong: a long piece of material which is wrapped around the waist to form a kind of skirt. They are worn by all Fijians, men and women, for all occasions even business.
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