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PACIFIC ISLANDS GUIDE: WHEN TO GO.

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A holiday in the Pacific Islands is an express ticket to bliss. A warm sun shines, the beaches are breath-taking and ‘island time’ is really just a polite way of saying you’ll be doing what you want, when you want. 

The good news is, there’s never a bad time to head to the islands — there are just some even better times. Here’s when to plan your escape!



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FIJI.  OCTOBER TO NOVEMBER

Fiji is basically a year-round paradise, but weather from October to early November will be warm, dry and consistent. There will be fewer crowds (and cheaper fares) because rain is more likely than the months between May and September. But if you see the odd shower as a perfect reason to duck into one of the luxurious spas or top-notch happy hours, October and November are ideal.

Wet season: November to April 
Dry season: May to October 

While you're here, check out seven of our favourite things to do in Fiji.




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TAHITI. MAY TO OCTOBER

Tahiti’s dry season means less humidity and blissful beach-lounging temperatures sitting between 20-25°. Also hot? July is a month packed with Polynesian festivals — so if you’re after a high-spirited vibe, that’s the time.

Wet season: November to April
Dry season: May to October 

Fancy treating yourself to one of Tahiti's best bungalows?




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RAROTONGA.  LATE APRIL TO OCTOBER

Winter is dry in Rarotonga, with pleasant water temperatures, steady daytime warmth and low humidity. Evenings can get cool, so it’s smart to pack a few heavier layers.

Wet season: November to April 
Dry season: May to October 

Wondering which island is right for you?




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NIUE.  MAY TO OCTOBER

Because the weather is characteristically dry and warm. Bur more importantly, these are the months for whale watching!

Wet season: January to March 
Dry season: April to December 

Want to know more? Here are five things that will surprise you in Niue.




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NORFOLK ISLAND. SEPTEMBER TO MARCH

Frequent sunshine, sparse rainfall and pleasant temperatures mean the perfect time for exploring the island’s incredible nature.

Wet season: May to August 
Dry season: September to April 




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TONGA.  MAY TO NOVEMBER

The months from May to November are slightly cooler but with much less rain. December to May will be hotter but you’ll see a lot more rain. We’d pick dry over wet any day — and the temperature’s always warm!  

Wet season: December to March
Dry season: April to November

First time? Here's our handy guide to Tonga. 




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SAMOA. MAY TO OCTOBER

June and August are Samoa’s peak months but anytime from May to October is our pick as prices will be best either side of the busy months. May to October is the dry season here, so you'll dodge the rain too!

Wet season: November to April
Dry season: May to October 

Keen? Here are six amazing ways to spend your Samoa holiday!




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VANUATU. APRIL TO OCTOBER

The months between April and October see temperatures between 18° and 28°, with low humidity — heaven, basically! Swimming temperatures are enjoyable year-round but January, February and March occasionally see cyclones.

Wet season: November to March 
Dry season: April to October 

Considering Vanuatu with the kids? Here's your go-to guide.


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ABOUT BETH ALLISON

Beth Allison is an American import from New Jersey and House of Travel’s in-house sentence writer. When she’s not thumbing a thesaurus, she’s probably dreaming of her next meal. Beth is a herbivore, coffee addict, tramper, bookworm, theatre lover and cat lady. Her favourite places are Strandhill, Ireland, and New York City. If you find a real bagel shop in New Zealand, please let her know.

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