Best Time to Visit French Polynesia
Scattered across the South Pacific, the islands of French Polynesia enjoy a tropical climate with two seasons: hot and humid from November to March; drier and slightly cooler from April to October. Even in the wettest months, rain usually falls in brief, tropical downpours, while high humidity is tempered by Pacific trade winds.
When to visit French Polynesia… at a glance
French Polynesia in the winter (May-October)
During the middle of the high season, June to August, French Polynesia is at its coolest and driest. Average temperatures are around 27°C, while the shallow tropical lagoons are 26°C. The shoulder months of May and September/October are also pleasant, and slightly less busy than peak months – although you’ll notice higher humidity during October.
French Polynesia in the summer (November-April)
Tropical showers usually start to build in frequency during November and, by the start of the year, the wet season is well underway with high humidity and heavy downpours until April. However, rain is often interspersed with sunny weather – and it’s also a less busy, less expensive time to visit. Consider the Marquesas at this time of year – the rainfall pattern is slightly different for this more equatorial island group, with far less rain during the summer.
On Tahiti, average temperatures range from 23°C (Jul-Aug) to 26°C during the hotter wet season months. Located nearer the equator, the Marquesas have Jul-Aug averages of 28°C and Dec-Jan averages of 30°C.
The wettest month is January with around 364 mm of rain on Tahiti, dropping to less than 100 mm in Aug-Sep. However, in the Marquesas, rainfall in January is only around 110 mm, with June receiving nearly twice as much.
- April: Ori Tahiti Festival – traditional Polynesian dance
- May: Matari’i Raro – harvest festival/beginning of dry season
- July: Heiva i Bora Bora – song, dance and sport festival