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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.

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French Polynesia Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Bora Bora 86°F 11" 86°F 9" 88°F 8" 86°F 6" 84°F 6" 82°F 4" 82°F 4" 82°F 3" 82°F 3" 84°F 5" 86°F 9" 86°F 11"
Marquesas Islands 86°F 4" 86°F 4" 86°F 6" 86°F 6" 84°F 5" 84°F 7" 82°F 5" 82°F 5" 84°F 3" 86°F 3" 86°F 3" 88°F 3"
Moorea 84°F 13" 84°F 10" 86°F 8" 84°F 6" 82°F 5" 81°F 3" 81°F 3" 81°F 2" 81°F 2" 82°F 4" 82°F 7" 84°F 12"
Tahiti 79°F 14" 79°F 11" 79°F 10" 79°F 8" 77°F 6" 75°F 4" 73°F 4" 73°F 4" 75°F 4" 77°F 6" 77°F 9" 79°F 14"
Tuamotu Islands 86°F 9" 86°F 7" 86°F 5" 86°F 5" 86°F 3" 84°F 4" 82°F 3" 82°F 3" 82°F 3" 84°F 5" 86°F 7" 86°F 8"

Month-by-month guide to traveling in French Polynesia

Sunset, Tahiti

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.

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.

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