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Best time to visit French Polynesia

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The best time to visit French Polynesia is August-September

Are you looking to travel to French Polynesia and want to find out when the best times to visit are? You’re in the right place! The perfect time to visit French Polynesia is August-September due to the excellent weather conditions, and you might even find that the cost of flights and accommodation are lower than if you travel during the peak holiday seasons.

The warmest month of the year in Papeete, French Polynesia is March, where the average maximum temperature gets to around 27℃ (81℉), but temperatures can sometimes reach as high as 28℃ (82℉) on the hottest days of summer. The weather at night in the winter, which is around August-time, can get down to a minimum of 22℃ (71℉) in Papeete. Other destinations in French Polynesia can sometimes get even colder than this, so if you’re planning on visiting a few different places, make sure you check out the climate comparison table below.

If you want to get the most out of your time visiting French Polynesia, or you’re just afraid of the dark, the days in December are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.¬†December sees the most amount of rain in a month if you’re ok with chancing getting drenched, so if you’re looking to stay dry, visit in July instead.

Learn everything you need to know to help you decide when to go to French Polynesia below, and don’t forget to use the awesome travel tools we know and love to help you find the best deals and make booking your vacation a breeze!

Warmest month

March

Least rainfall

July

Most daylight

December

French Polynesia seasons

Before you plan your trip, it’s important to know when the seasons are as they may be different to yours depending on where you’re travelling from. French Polynesia is in the Southern hemisphere, so the seasons fall on:

SeasonMonths
Summer December to February
Autumn/fall March to May
Winter June to August
Spring September to November

Best time to visit the top destinations in French Polynesia

We’ve put together a breakdown of the average minimum and maximum temperatures by month, as well as the best times to visit for each. To learn more about these destinations including detailed climate breakdowns and much more, click or tap the city/destination name below.

CityBest time to visitJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Bora BoraAugust-September
26℃
11℃
28℃
13℃
29℃
14℃
28℃
15℃
29℃
16℃
29℃
16℃
28℃
16℃
27℃
15℃
27℃
14℃
26℃
12℃
25℃
12℃
24℃
11℃
PapeeteMay-October
27℃
26℃
27℃
26℃
27℃
26℃
27℃
26℃
27℃
26℃
26℃
25℃
25℃
24℃
25℃
24℃
25℃
24℃
25℃
24℃
26℃
25℃
27℃
26℃
TahitiMay-October
27℃
26℃
27℃
26℃
27℃
26℃
27℃
26℃
27℃
26℃
26℃
25℃
25℃
24℃
25℃
24℃
25℃
24℃
25℃
24℃
26℃
25℃
27℃
26℃
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Top FAQs

French Polynesia is in Oceania.
The warmest month of the year in Papeete, one of the most popular places to visit in French Polynesia, is March.
The driest month of the year in Papeete, French Polynesia, is usually around July each year.

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