Best time to visit Palau

The best time to visit Palau is during February, March and April, since this is the sunniest and least rainy time of the year.

However, even during these months, brief showers and thunderstorms may occur, which soon give way to sunshine.


Palau weather

The weather in Palau is equatorial – hot, humid and rainy throughout the year. There is no real dry season, but only a slight decrease in the frequency of showers and thunderstorms between February and April.

Average perceived humidity is constant, ranging from 80% to 85%. The daytime temperature is around 31°C (88°F), and 24°C (75°F) at night, all year-round.

Northeast trade winds prevail from December to March, and the southwest monsoon from June to October.

Here are the average temperatures on Koror Island.

What is the best month to visit Palau?
March is the best months to visit Palau, since this is the sunniest and least rainy time of the year.

Best time to dive Palau?
Year-round; however, the best diving is between October and May. Sea water in Palau is pleasantly warm year-round, with an average temperature of 28°C (88°F).

Which is the hottest month in Palau?
The hottest month of the year in Palau is usually May, with maximum daytime temperatures above 31°C (88°F), very high heat and humidity, and a low of 24°C (75° F) at night.

On the warmest days of the hot season, the average temperature may climb above 32°C (90°F).

The hot season in Palau usually lasts from April through May, with an average daily high temperature above 31°C (88°F).

Which is the coolest month in Palau?
The coolest month in Palau is February, with an average high just below 31°C (88°F), with high heat and humidity, and a low of 24°C (75°F) at night.

The cooler season lasts from January through February, with an average daily high temperature below 31°C (88°F).

When is it sunniest in Palau?
The sunniest time of year in Palau is usually March and April with eight hours of sunshine per day – that's around 65% of daylight hours.

The sunniest time of year is between February and May.

When is the sea warmest in Palau?
The sea is usually at its warmest in Palau in November when the water temperature reaches 29°C (84°F), which is warm and pleasant for swimming.

The sea in Palau is warm enough for swimming year-round.

Which month has the most rain in Palau?
June is usually the wettest month in Palau, with on average rainfall of 425mm (16.7in), distributed usually 24 days. 

July is equally as wet with 420mm (16.5in) of rainfall distributed across 23 days.

The wet season in Palau lasts from mid-May through to mid-October, with a greater than 62% chance of a given day being a wet day.

You can expect rainfall throughout the year in Palau.

The 'drier' season lasts from mid-October to mid-May. The month with the least rainfall in Palau is March, with an average rainfall of 205mm (8in), distributed across 18 days..

What are the windiest months in Palau?
The windiest month of the year in Palau is February, with an average hourly wind speed of 23 kilometres per hour (12 knots; 14 mph).

December through to mid-April are the windiest months of the year in Palau, with average wind speeds of more than 18 kilometres per hour (11 mph; 10 knots).

It's less windy from mid-April through November. The calmest month of the year in Palau is June, with an average hourly wind speed of 14 kilometres per hour (8.7 mph; 7.6 knots).

The predominant average hourly wind direction in Palau varies throughout the year.

Is there a risk of a tropical storm in Palau?
The risk of a tropical storm in Palau is greatest from May to July, and during October and November.

The likelihood of a tropical storm occurring is highest in July at 3%, and 2.85 in May, October and November.


Palau Monthly Weather Averages

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average daily max (°C)
31 31 31 31 31 31 31 31 31 31 31 31
Average daily min (°C)
34 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24
Average daily sunshine (hrs)
6 7 8 8 7 5 6 5 6 6 6 6
Average daily daylight (hrs)
12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Comfort level
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Average relative humidity (%)
85 85 85 85 85 80 80 80 80 80 80 85
UV Index (max)
11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11 11
Average days of rainfall (≥1mm)
21 18 18 18 22 24 23 21 20 20 21 23
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
260 280 205 230 330 425 420 360 330 320 265 330
Average wind speed (km/h)
23 23 22 18 14 14 16 17 16 15 16 20
Average sea temperature (°C)
28 28 28 29 29 29 29 29 29 29 29 29
Koror City, Koror Island, Palau

Holiday seasons

High season: Novermber to April;

Low season: June through September.


Note: Meteorological data for Palau is based on weather statistics gathered for the 30-year period 1991 to 2020, and is sourced from the closest weather station in Koror Town, as well as from Roman Tmetuchl International Airport (ROR), which is located on Babeldaob Island about 6km (4mi) east of Koror and 25km (15mi) from Ngerulmud. Additional climate data is sourced from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Advice on the best time to visit a particular destination is based on average local weather statistics, when the weather conditions are generally better than at other times of the year. We consider high and low temperatures, risk of rain (and thunderstorms, etc.), amount of sunshine and sea temperature. For general outdoor activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 18°C (64°F) and 27°C (80°F); and for hot-weather activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 24°C (75°F) and 32°C (89°F). Often, the best times to visit correspond to high season and therefore involve higher prices.


Latest update: Best time to visit Palau: 26 February, 2024


Disclaimer: The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data and conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable. We assume no responsibility and can not be held legally responsible for any decisions made on the basis of the information presented on this site.



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