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Best time to visit Tarawa, Kiribati

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The best time to visit Tarawa is May-November

When’s the best time to visit Tarawa, you ask? Based on several factors like the weather and climate, cost of flights and hotels, peak travel seasons and much more, the best time to go to Tarawa is May-November.

In summer, the average maximum temperature is around 29℃ (84℉), but temperatures can sometimes reach as high as 30℃ (85℉) on the hottest days of the year. The weather at night in the winter, which is around February-time, can get down to a minimum of 23℃ (74℉).

The sun stays up the longest in Tarawa in October, so you’ll get the most out of your daytime activities if you visit around this time. On average it rains the most days in March, making it the wettest month of the year. Although it’s the wet season, it can often rain a little bit during the day or evening but have fine weather for a majority of the day too, so don’t let this put you off.

Continue reading to find out more about when to visit Tarawa, including the climate, seasonal info, what to pack, FAQs, and the best tools to help you plan and book your next vacation.

Warmest month

May

Least rainfall

September

Most daylight

October

Tarawa seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Tarawa as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Tarawa is in the Southern Hemisphere, so the seasons fall during these months:

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

Average temperatures in Tarawa

If the temperature is a big factor for you to help you decide when to visit, the chart below shows the average minimum and maximum temperatures in Tarawa for each month side-by-side so you can easily see the difference in weather throughout the year. To see the temperatures in both Celsius (°C) and Fahrenheit (°F), hover or tap the shaded boxes on the graph.

Tarawa climate by month

If you already have a rough idea about which months you might want to travel, the section below shows a detailed breakdown of the climate in Tarawa for each month so you can see if it all suits your wants and needs. Scroll down, or use the quick menu below to jump to your preferred month.

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FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC

Tarawa in January

  • Average temperature: 28℃ (83℉)
  • Average high temperature: 29℃ (84℉)
  • Average low temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 7 days
  • Average rainfall: 137mm (5") over 19 days
7 days
of pure sunshine
19 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Tarawa in January, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Tarawa in February

  • Average temperature: 28℃ (83℉)
  • Average high temperature: 29℃ (84℉)
  • Average low temperature: 27℃ (81℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 5 days
  • Average rainfall: 142mm (6") over 18 days
5 days
of pure sunshine
18 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Tarawa in February, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Tarawa in March

  • Average temperature: 28℃ (83℉)
  • Average high temperature: 29℃ (84℉)
  • Average low temperature: 27℃ (81℉)
  • Average humidity: 78%
  • Average sunny days: 5 days
  • Average rainfall: 185mm (7") over 20 days
5 days
of pure sunshine
20 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Tarawa in March, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Tarawa in April

  • Average temperature: 28℃ (83℉)
  • Average high temperature: 29℃ (84℉)
  • Average low temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 5 days
  • Average rainfall: 156mm (6") over 21 days
5 days
of pure sunshine
21 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Tarawa in April, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Tarawa in May

  • Average temperature: 29℃ (84℉)
  • Average high temperature: 29℃ (84℉)
  • Average low temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 8 days
  • Average rainfall: 83mm (3") over 19 days
8 days
of pure sunshine
19 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Tarawa in May, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Tarawa in June

  • Average temperature: 29℃ (84℉)
  • Average high temperature: 29℃ (84℉)
  • Average low temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average humidity: 74%
  • Average sunny days: 10 days
  • Average rainfall: 94mm (4") over 17 days
10 days
of pure sunshine
17 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Tarawa in June, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Tarawa in July

  • Average temperature: 29℃ (83℉)
  • Average high temperature: 29℃ (84℉)
  • Average low temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average humidity: 74%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 84mm (3") over 18 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
18 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Tarawa in July, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Tarawa in August

  • Average temperature: 29℃ (83℉)
  • Average high temperature: 29℃ (84℉)
  • Average low temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average humidity: 73%
  • Average sunny days: 13 days
  • Average rainfall: 65mm (3") over 15 days
13 days
of pure sunshine
15 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Tarawa in August, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Tarawa in September

  • Average temperature: 28℃ (83℉)
  • Average high temperature: 29℃ (84℉)
  • Average low temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average humidity: 74%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 61mm (2") over 17 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
17 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Tarawa in September, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.

Tarawa in October

  • Average temperature: 28℃ (83℉)
  • Average high temperature: 29℃ (84℉)
  • Average low temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average humidity: 73%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 64mm (3") over 16 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
16 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Tarawa in October, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Tarawa in November

  • Average temperature: 29℃ (83℉)
  • Average high temperature: 29℃ (84℉)
  • Average low temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average humidity: 73%
  • Average sunny days: 9 days
  • Average rainfall: 103mm (4") over 15 days
9 days
of pure sunshine
15 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Tarawa in November, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Tarawa in December

  • Average temperature: 28℃ (83℉)
  • Average high temperature: 29℃ (84℉)
  • Average low temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average humidity: 75%
  • Average sunny days: 8 days
  • Average rainfall: 148mm (6") over 17 days
8 days
of pure sunshine
17 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Tarawa in December, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Tarawa is usually May, where temperatures tend to rise to around 29℃ (84℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Tarawa is generally around September. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in September first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Tarawa is generally around March, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of March too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Tarawa, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in October are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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