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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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Month-by-month guide to travelling in French Polynesia

Visiting French Polynesia in January - April

By the start of the year the wet season is firmly established in French Polynesia, and the rain does not abate until April. However, more rain means emptier hotels, competitive rates, and far fewer visitors. Chinese New Year, which varies year on year but is generally mid-January to mid-February, sees the islands celebrating with parades, music and dancing.

Sunset, Tahiti

Events & Festivals

  • The French Polynesian Chinese community in Tahiti celebrates the beginning of the Chinese New Year in either January or February depending on the year. Music, dancing and parades pervade the islands.
  • In April the Ori Tahiti Festival takes place focusing on the theme of traditional Polynesian dance.


French Polynesia Climate Guide

Place Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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

Trip ideas and travel guides to exploring French Polynesia

Taha'a Lagoon
French Polynesia

Luxury holidays in French Polynesia

If you're planning a luxury holiday to French Polynesia we have a wide range of luxury holiday resorts and luxury hotels we can recommend.

Selina at the Intercontinental Le Moana in Bora Bora, French Polynesia

My favourite 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 is 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.

Selina, Hidden Beaches Specialist
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