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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.

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When to visit French Polynesia… at a glance

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May to October

  • Dry season
  • Slightly cooler and less humid
  • Can be busy Jun-Aug
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November to April

  • Rainy season
  • Hot and humid, with afternoon thunderstorms
  • Less wet in the Marquesas than other islands

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.

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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.

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French Polynesia weather

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.

Important dates
  • 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

Suggested Holidays

Cruise the Marquesas Islands

from £4006
excluding flights
12 nights Year round
Discover the intoxicating beauty of these luxuriant islands on-board the Aranui V.
  • Small Ship Cruise
  • Island Escapes
French Polynesia

Discover Tahiti

from £1008
excluding flights
4 nights Year round
Explore this island regarded as the heartbeat of French Polynesia.
  • Independent
  • Island Escapes
French Polynesia

Discover Moorea

from £1518
excluding flights
4 nights Year round
For those seeking the quiet life look no further than the magical island of Moorea.
  • Independent
  • Island Escapes
French Polynesia

Discover Bora Bora

from £1895
excluding flights
4 nights Year round
The pearl of the Pacific, Bora Bora, lies 270 kilometres northwest of Tahiti and is home to one of the worlds most beautiful lagoons.
  • Independent
  • Island Escapes
French Polynesia