The Weather

This is always the big question: what is the weather going to be like when I take my vacation in the month of ........??? "Officially" there are basically two seasons: the slightly warmer and more humid period between November and March when rains can fall intermittently, and the dryer season ( with occasional showers ) between May and October.

In practical reality, the are are no real seasons in Tahiti and no real weather pattern. It will rain in the "dryer" season and there will be a lot of sunshine in the "rainier" season. This is why these islands are so beautiful and lush, because there is always is an alternance of rain and sunshine.

Also, it can rain buckets suddenly in 1 spot for 15 minutes, followed by sunshine, while 1 mile down the road, its totally dry!

As for the the temperature, there is no noticable variation throughout the year. Its warm, but very pleasantly so.

So, weather should not be a factor when making your travel plans for French Polynesia. Dont worry about it... and go when it suits you!



The Overall Climate

French Polynesia has a climate ranging from subtropical in the southern archipelagos near the Tropic of Capricorn (Gambier and Austral Islands) to steamy and equatorial in the Marquesas Islands to the north.

The Society Islands ( Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, Huahine, Raiatea ) and the Tuamotu atolls (Rangiroa, Fakarava, Manihi) have a mild tropical climate, mosly sunny and pleasant.

The average annual temperature in the Society Islands is 25C with little variation through the year.

As a result of vegetation and wind factors, high islands ( Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, Huahine, Raiatea ) are generally a little more humid than atolls (Rangiroa, Fakarava, Manihi), which are more exposed to the cooling influence of the trade winds.