Fiji is a tropical paradise. But that lush green paradise comes with quite a few rainy days. The rainy season runs throughout summer, from November through to April when temperatures peak, humidity is high, and afternoon showers cleanse the earth and bring life back to wilted plants.
If it does rain, don't pout. Just pivot and make a new plan. Here’s a list of cool things to do when Fiji gets a little dark and stormy.
Make it a spa day
Fiji has numerous world-class spas so why not treat yourself to a day of luxury - full-body massages, facials and a mani-pedi. You'll feel refreshed from head to toe. Besides, what's one of the sounds that people find most soothing? Rain! You'll be in total relaxation mode by the end of the day. If you are staying on the Coral Coast near the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort, drop into its brilliant Bebe Spa, perched high on the hilltop above the resort. The Time Together package is perfect for couples. The three-hour treatment costs A$599 and includes an indulgent milk bath; champagne and chocolate-dipped fruit; massage; cucumber wrap; and soothing facial. You will feel so good, you’ll forget about the rain.
Visit Fiji Museum in Suva
A trip to any new country wouldn't be complete without learning something interesting about its history, so you have to head to the Fiji Museum. Here, you can peruse an impressive collection that holds artefacts dating back almost 4,000 years. The museum also features an array of indigenous objects that have been collected since the islands were settled. It's a great way to learn more about traditional Fijian culture.
The Sabeto Hot Springs
There’s no better time to play in the mud than when it is raining. So on your first rainy day in Fiji, head to these geothermal hot springs that are just outside of Nadi. Visitors to the Sabeto Hot Springs are covered from head to toe in rich volcanic mud. After a while you will submerge yourself in the muddy pool, then wash it all off, leaving your skin feeling silky soft. The final soak comes in a clean hot spring. It’s fun for all the family.
Take a swim at the beach
You can always go to the beach! It shouldn't be too crowded in the rain. Fiji’s rain is warm, so you definitely won’t catch a chill. The snorkelling is pretty good too as the fish tend to be more active when it rains. And no matter what you do, you are going to get wet.
Take a glass blowing lesson
The Hot Glass Fiji Studio and Gallery is located along the Sunset Strip in Korotogo on the Coral Coast.
Alice Hill, who trained and worked in the UK, offers visitors a series of experiences which allows you to create your own unique piece of glass art. The Quick Slick Glass Trick allows anyone over seven years old to make a paperweight or glass vase in just 30 minutes. The class costs A$195. Her Experience Glassblowing course allows visitors to create three pieces of art for just A$390.
The Sigatoka River is the longest river on the island of Viti Levu. The four-and-a-half-hour safari takes guests of all ages along a 15-kilometre journey up the Sigatoka River to get an up-close and personal view of Fijian village life. You will learn local customs, hear about local legends, and taste some traditional kava. The boats now have a roof which makes it the perfect way to escape a rainy day in Fiji. The tour company will pick guests up from their hotels.