Whether you’re looking for wildlife in South America, snorkeling in the Indian Ocean, trekking in Southeast Asia, or soaking up the culture in North Africa, October brings hot, sunny weather to many parts of the globe. It’s also hot across the South Pacific, where you can cool off with ocean breezes.
October at a glance
|Destination||Max. temp.||Sunshine hours||Average flight time|
|Brazil||Max. temp.||94 °F||Sunshine hours||10 hours||Average flight time||9 hours 45 upwards dependent on airline (New York to Rio de Janeiro)|
|The Seychelles||Max. temp.||82 °F||Sunshine hours||7 hours||Average flight time||17 hours (New York to Seychelles)|
|Vietnam||Max. temp.||85 °F||Sunshine hours||6 hours||Average flight time||22 hours (New York to Hanoi)|
|French Polynesia||Max. temp.||85 °F||Sunshine hours||8 hours||Average flight time||13 hours upwards dependent on airline (New York to Papeete)|
|Borneo||Max. temp.||89 °F||Sunshine hours||7 hours||Average flight time||23 hours (New York to Kuching)|
The largest tropical wetland in the world, Brazil’s Pantanal experiences some of its driest conditions in October. The thinner vegetation makes wildlife easier to see, and animals’ movements are more predictable as they stick to remaining water sources. Look out for jaguars, capybara, caiman, various monkeys, and a wide variety of birdlife.
Type of heat in Brazil in October: Hot and dry in the Pantanal, with maximum temperatures of 95°F. Slightly cooler spring temperatures elsewhere in the country, with little rain.
Average temperature in Brazil in October: 88°F depending on region
Average daily hours of sunshine in Brazil in October: 10 hours
Average flight time to Brazil: 9 hours 45 upwards dependent on airline (New York to Rio de Janeiro)
October falls between the Seychelles’ two windiest periods, bringing generally calm, sunny, and warm-to-hot conditions that are ideal for beach relaxation. Underwater visibility for snorkeling and diving is at its very best this month, plus you might see hawksbill turtles as they come ashore to lay their eggs.
Type of heat in the Seychelles in October: The Seychelles has a warm, tropical climate, and while rain is possible in October, most of the time it’s sunny and dry, with occasional southeast trade winds providing relief on humid days.
Average temperature in the Seychelles in October: 82°F depending on region
Average daily hours of sunshine in the Seychelles in October: 7 hours
Average flight time to the Seychelles: 17 hours (New York to Seychelles)
With sunshine returning to northern Vietnam in October, you can hike among the striking karst landscapes around Sapa and take in the swirling rice terraces of Mu Cang Chai, which turn golden as harvest approaches. We can also help you get away from the crowds with treks among the forested peaks of Ha Giang.
Type of heat in northern Vietnam in October: As the wet season ends, October brings mostly sunshine and dry conditions, with maximum temperatures reaching 85°F, gradually falling toward the end of the month.
Average temperature in northern Vietnam in October: 77°F depending on region
Average daily hours of sunshine in northern Vietnam in October: 6 hours
Average flight time to northern Vietnam: 22 hours (New York to Hanoi)
French Polynesia cruise
From snorkeling the glass-clear waters of an atoll and visiting sacred ritual sites to meeting local artisans and relaxing on pristine sands, cruising French Polynesia gives you the best of what the islands have to offer while living in luxury. Voyage in October to enjoy hot and mostly rain-free days.
Type of heat in French Polynesia in October: Humidity is on the rise during October, but this is cooled by ocean breezes and the occasional rain shower. Maximum temperatures at this time of the year are 85°F.
Average temperature French Polynesia in October: 81°F depending on region
Average daily hours of sunshine in French Polynesia in October: 8 hours
Average flight time to French Polynesia: 13 hours upwards dependent on airline (New York to Papeete)
Hot and humid, October is an excellent time to relax and explore along Borneo’s coast. Cool off with a snorkel trip around the tiny volcanic island of Sipadan. The coral that surrounds it is alive with fish, manta rays, turtles, and harmless sharks, and visibility is at its best at this time of year.
Type of heat in Borneo in October: Falling just before the rains set in, October is one of the driest months to visit Borneo, which experiences hot, often humid, conditions. Maximum temperatures can reach 89°F.
Average temperature in Borneo in October: 86°F depending on region
Average daily hours of sunshine in Borneo in October: 6 hours
Average flight time to Borneo: 23 hours (New York to Kuching)