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When is the best time to visit French Polynesia?

French Polynesia is at its best between June and August when the climate is at its driest and the weather is balmy, sitting comfortably in the high 20s to mid 30s Celsius. However, this can be a slightly busier time of year and the months either side of this period can see comfortable temperatures, but lower prices. French Polynesia can be visited year-round, but the months of November to April see tropical showers passing at greater frequency than other times of the year. However, they are often interspersed with periods of sunshine. This is a humid time of year, though, which can be uncomfortable and we recommend choosing a hotel with air-conditioning if visiting during these months. The islands rarely suffer from tropical storms except during years when El Niño affects ocean currents.

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The best times to visit are May and September as both the peak season crowds and the worst of the wet season's rainfall is avoided. It's also worth coinciding a trip with the full moon; the islands are particularly enchanting at night when the illuminated moon's light catches the sparkling lagoons and inlets.

Joshua, Australia & French Polynesia Specialist

French Polynesia Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Bora Bora 30°C 269mm 30°C 235mm 31°C 202mm 30°C 143mm 29°C 148mm 28°C 104mm 28°C 96mm 28°C 74mm 28°C 84mm 29°C 126mm 30°C 228mm 30°C 291mm
Marquesas Islands 30°C 110mm 30°C 104mm 30°C 145mm 30°C 146mm 29°C 122mm 29°C 178mm 28°C 137mm 28°C 116mm 29°C 74mm 30°C 82mm 30°C 77mm 31°C 88mm
Moorea 29°C 326mm 29°C 243mm 30°C 204mm 29°C 148mm 28°C 116mm 27°C 75mm 27°C 73mm 27°C 61mm 27°C 63mm 28°C 104mm 28°C 174mm 29°C 314mm
Tahiti 26°C 364mm 26°C 282mm 26°C 245mm 26°C 202mm 25°C 154mm 24°C 108mm 23°C 109mm 23°C 94mm 24°C 96mm 25°C 140mm 25°C 218mm 26°C 361mm
Tuamotu Islands 30°C 218mm 30°C 174mm 30°C 133mm 30°C 125mm 30°C 86mm 29°C 93mm 28°C 72mm 28°C 65mm 28°C 81mm 29°C 123mm 30°C 187mm 30°C 208mm

Month-by-month guide to travelling in French Polynesia

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Visiting French Polynesia in November - December

November to April is French Polynesia's wet season, with concentrated bursts of rainfall punctuated by days of sunshine. At this time hotel air-conditioning becomes a necessity as humidity rises. However, it is possible to use French Polynesia's geography to your advantage; the Marquesas are closer to the equator and are far enough north to benefit from the trade winds that temper the climate.

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