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Tetiaroa, French Polynesia. Author Supertoff. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike
Tetiaroa, French Polynesia. Author Supertoff

French Polynesia climate: when to go to French Polynesia

Extending between the equator and the Tropic of Capricorn, for 2.5 million sq km of ocean, and on 5 main archipelagoes, the climate of French Polynesia has specific climatic peculiarities of the various island groups that compose it.

In general we can say that French Polynesia has a warm and humid season from November to April, and a cool, dry season from May to October. During the hot and humid season, so between November and April, the islands of French Polynesia may be affected by occasional tropical cyclones on average less than one cyclone a year in the Society Islands (0,8 / 0,6), and in the Austral islands (0,8 / 0,5), even less in the Tuamotu islands (0,4 / 0,1), while the Marquesas archipelago is practically off the beaten track of the cyclones (0.1 / 0, 0).

Society Islands Climate

Bora Bora, French Polynesia. Author Taka-0905. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike

Bora Bora, French Polynesia. Author Taka-0905

The climate of the Society Island, is tropical oceanic, with two distinct seasons: the fresh and dry season runs from May to October, during this period the average minimum temperatures range between 20°C and 22°C, while the average maximum temperatures are between 29°C and 28°C, this is the dry and better suited season to visit the archipelago.

The warm and rainy season runs from November to April, during this period the average minimum temperatures range between 23°C and 22°C, while the highest average temperatures vary between 29°C and 31°C, this is the period of hurricanes. The rainiest months are December and January, the rains are most intense along the coastline exposed to the trade winds that usually blow from the north and north-west.

The sea water surface temperature varies between 26°C and 29°C.

Tahiti Climate.

Moorea Climate.

Bora Bora Climate.

Tahiti (Papeete)

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Rain (mm)

315

234

201

145

91

61

61

48

46

91

163

318

Min Temp (°C)

23

23

23

23

22

21

21

20

21

22

22

23

Max Temp (°C)

30

30

31

31

29

29

28

28

28

29

29

29

Tahiti (Society Islands)

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Sea Water Temperatures (°C)

27

27

27

28

28

27

26

26

26

26

27

27

Bora Bora (Vaitape)

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Rain (mm)

300

220

200

140

150

130

90

80

80

150

220

300

Min Temp (°C)

24

24

24

24

24

23

22

22

23

23

23

24

Max Temp (°C)

30

30

30

30

30

29

28

28

28

29

29

29

Tuamotu Islands Climate

Pink sand beach, Rangiroa, French Polynesia. Author Daniel Julie. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution

Pink sand beach, Rangiroa, French Polynesia. Author Daniel Julie

The climate of the archipelago of the Tuamotu islands is tropical-humid, with relatively well distinct seasons, very similar to that of the Society Islands, although less rainy due to the absence of relief. The warm and rainy season runs from November to April, with maximum rainfall in the months of December and January. The fresh and dry season runs from May to October, this is the best time to visit the archipelago.

Tuamotu Islands, Takaroa

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Rain (mm)

200

190

140

120

80

90

85

60

80

130

190

210

Min Temp (°C)

25

25

26

26

26

25

24

24

24

25

25

25

Max Temp (°C)

30

30

30

30

30

29

28

28

28

29

29

30

Rangiroa (Tuamotu Islands)

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Sea Water Temperatures (°C)

27

27

27

28

28

27

26

26

26

26

27

27

Climate of Marquesas Islands

The Marquesas islands being nearest the equator have a sub-tropical climate, warmer and humid compared to the Society Islands, and with little marked seasons. The precipitation vary considerably depending on exposure to prevailing winds, the annual average is maintained between 1000 and 3000 mm. The warmer and humid season is between the months of January and August, while the fresh and less rainy season goes from September to December.

Marquesas Islands, Hiva Oa (Atuona)

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Rain (mm)

130

122

147

132

145

178

137

112

69

86

71

97

Min Temp (°C)

23

23

23

23

23

22

22

22

22

22

22

22

Max Temp (°C)

31

31

31

31

30

29

28

28

29

29

31

31

Austral Islands Climate

The Austral islands have the worst climate of the whole French Polynesia, in fact during the cool season the climate is similar to that of temperate zones, and during the warmer seasons, the climate resembles that of the tropics, this combination give frequent and abundant rainfall in all seasons, a high humidity and temperatures average less than 25°C, in addition to strong winds.

Austral Islands, Tubuai

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Rain (mm)

200

210

180

180

150

100

150

140

110

130

130

200

Min Temp (°C)

23

23

23

22

20

18

18

18

18

19

20

21

Max Temp (°C)

28

28

28

27

26

24

24

23

24

25

26

27

Gambier Islands Climate

The climate of Gambier islands is very similar to that of the Austral, in fact they have a maritime climate, relatively fresh, with constant rain throughout the year.

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