The Best Time of Year to Visit Tahiti and French Polynesia!

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Published on September 11th, 2017 | by Brandon Ramsey in Travel


Tahiti is the most populated island in French Polynesia and the location of its capital. Tourists looking to visit should know that the best time of year to visit Tahiti is between May 1st and October 31st. For those who want to visit during the low season, this extends from November 1st to April 30th.

Tahiti offers amazing weather year-round, but you’ll find that the low season months tend to be a little hotter and more humid. The average annual temperature is 80 degrees Fahrenheit, or 27 degrees Celsius. Join us as we take a deeper look at this incredible paradise on Earth!

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Average Temperature and Weather in Tahiti

We recommend visiting Tahiti between May and October. During this time, temperatures tend to be lower and humidity is far less noticeable. The weather also tends to be rainy during the summertime.

Below are the average temperatures in Fahrenheit during the high season in Tahiti:

May High: 85 Low: 72
June High: 84 Low: 70
July High: 83 Low: 69
August High: 82 Low: 68
September High: 83 Low: 69
October High: 84 Low: 71

Tahiti and the surrounding islands in French Polynesia are classified as a warm, tropical climate. Trade winds from the east-southeast often bring cool breezes during the afternoon and evening hours.

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From December to February is the tropical rain season. While typhoons are sometimes a concern from January to mid-March, these storms don’t affect Tahiti very often and are rarely strong storms.

While the changes in temperature during the summer and winter months aren’t drastic, you’ll enjoy more favorable weather during the high season. In terms of rainfall, the chart below shows the average amounts of inches throughout the high season:

Month: Rainfall (in)
May 3.62
June 2.37
July 2.38
Aug 1.89
September 1.82
October 3.57

As you can see rainfall in Tahiti is pretty sparse during the high season. During the other months, like December and January, rainfall jumps to an average of 12 inches! You’ll want to avoid getting rained on during your vacation, so the best times to visit Tahiti are absolutely between May and October, as these are the dry season.

If we turn our attention to the water temperature, it’s pretty steady throughout the year. In August and September, it stays around 77 degrees Fahrenheit, and in March or April, it’s closer to 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

Planning Your Trip to Tahiti: Best Things to Do

The first thing you should do when planning a trip to Tahiti, and surrounding places like Moorea and Bora Bora, is acquaint yourself with the difference in time zones.  Tahiti is on TAHT time which is UTC-10:00.

It’s a small detail, but when you’re compiling an itinerary, the last thing you want is to end up getting hours wrong and missing or being late to one of your planned activities! Once you’ve nailed down the time difference, be sure to check out some of the best things to do in Tahiti:

1. La Plage de Maui

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This location is one that tourists flock to for not only the water, but the sand itself. When you walk down this stretch of shoreline, you’ll enjoy volcanic sand that, unlike other beaches in the area, is actually a pearly white color. The other volcanic beaches have a black sand.

During the high season, the water here is cool and incredibly clear. It’s located about 40 miles southeast of Papeete.

2. Fautaua Waterfall 

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This incredible oasis is located in the Fautaua Valley, which is known for being lush and vibrant with color. The water here comes down 985 feet into a large pool at the bottom. Be ready for a hike to get here, though. Thankfully, the hike is a scenic one.

If you decide to visit Tahiti during the rainy season (December or January), then you’ll enjoy an even more intense waterfall.

3. Papenoo Beach

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Papenoo is a small village just 5 miles east of Papeete. This beach has rich and black volcanic sand and beautiful blue waters that stretch into the horizon. This beach has much less traffic that our number one pick, so it’s nice to have as a backup if the other beaches are too crowded.

4. Vaipahi Gardens

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These gardens are located on the southern coast of Tahiti. Here, you’ll find over 75 different plant species from all over the world. Easygoing trails and tranquility can be found in abundance here. With a free entry, there’s really no reason not to take a walk around this beautiful place.

5. Papeete

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Not only is this the capital of Tahiti, but it’s also the capital of French Polynesia! You’ll find plenty of shopping, dining, and nightlife in this eclectic town. The Municipal Market is a great place to stop for veggies and fruits.

Food trucks can also be found as you explore the city, which offer a wide variety of cuisines. It’s located on the northwest coast of Tahiti, just northeast of Faa’a International Airport.

Why Stop at Tahiti?

French Polynesia is made up of 118 islands in total. Tahiti is a great place to start, but there are plenty of other places you could add into your trip. Be sure to check out some of these other options:

  • Bora Bora
  • Rangiroa
  • Taha’a
  • Fatu Hiva
  • Moorea
  • Hiva Oa

Have you ever been to Tahiti or French Polynesia? What’s the best time of year to visit Tahiti in your opinion? Let us know in the comments!



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