Best time to visit Tahiti

The best time to visit Tahiti is during the dry season from late-May to mid-October, when the average high daytime temperature of 29°C (84°F) is tempered by refreshing sea breezes.

June through September is also the coolest and the least rainy time of the year.

Tahiti weather

Tahiti experiences a tropical climate, influenced by the south-east trade winds, with a hot and humid season from November to April and a cooler season from May to October.

The hot season is also the rainiest. The temperature varys little throughout the year.

French Polynesia comprises five island groups: the Society Islands, the Tuamotu Archipelago, the Gambier Islands, the Marquesas Islands and the Austral islands.

The Society Island group is divided between the Windward Islands in the east – Tahiti, Moorea, Tetiaroa, Mehetia, and Maiao – and the Leeward Islands in the west – Bora Bora, Huahine, Maupiti, Raiatea, Tahaa, Manuae, Maupihaa, Motu One, and Tupai.

More information about weather conditions in… Bora Bora and Moorea.

The following are average temperatures for Papeete, the capital, which is located on the north-west coast of Tahiti.

What is the best month to visit Tahiti?
July, August and September are the best months to visit Tahiti – the climate is perfect with warm and sunny weather, mainly clear blue skies and little to no rainfall.

However, anytime from June to mid-October is considered good, since these months receive the least rainfall. July through October is also the sunniest time of year in Tahiti.

Which is the hottest month in Tahiti?
The hottest month in Tahiti is usually March. Expect maximum daytime temperatures to reach 31°C (87°F), with high heat and humidity, and a night-time low of 24°C (75°F).

The hot season lasts from mid-January to late-April, with an average daily high temperature above 30°C (86°F).

On the hottest days, the average temperature may reach 33°C (91°F).

What is the humidity in Tahiti?
Tahiti experiences little seasonal variation in perceived humidity, with approximate average relative humidity calculated at between 78% – 82% over the course of the year. Typically, it's humid all year round.

The more humid time of year lasts from mid-September through to mid-July, when you can expect the comfort level to be muggy at least 80% of the time.

The months with the most muggy days in Tahiti are December through to May, when every day in each month is muggy or worse.

We derive the humidity comfort level from the dew point temperature, which measures moisture content in the air. A higher dew point feels muggy and uncomfortable.

August is slightly only slightly more comfortable, with around 25 days that are muggy.

Which is the coldest month in Tahiti?
The coldest month in Tahiti is usually August, with an average high-temperature of 29°C (84°F) and night-time low of 21°C (69°F)

The cold season lasts from late-June to late-September, with an average daily high temperature below 30°C (86°F).

When is it sunniest in Tahiti?
The sunniest month in Tahiti is usually August with eight hours of sunshine per day, that's on average sunshine for 70% of daylight hours.

July through October is the sunniest time of year in Tahiti.

When is the sea warmest in Tahiti?
The sea is usually at its warmest in Tahiti in March and April, when the water temperature reaches 29°C (84°F), with excellent conditions for diving, snorkeling, swimming and surfing.

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

Which month has the most rain in Tahiti?
December is usually the wettest month in Tahiti with 176mm (7in) of rainfall on average. There are normally 15 days in December with some rain.

The wet season lasts from early-November to late-April, with a greater than 32% chance of a given day being a wet day. The wet season also coincides with the hottest months of the year.

In Tahiti, rainfall is more abundant on the eastern side of the island than on the western one, and even more so in the mountains of the interior.

The drier season lasts from late-April through October. The month with the least rainfall in Papeete is September, with an average of 24mm (‹1in).

What are the windiest months in Tahiti?
The windiest month of the year in Tahiti is July, with an average hourly wind speed of 20 kilometres per hour (11 knots; 13mph).

The windy part of the year lasts from June to late-October, with average wind speeds of more than 18 kilometres per hour (10 knots; 12mph).

The calmer time of year lasts from from late-October through May. The least windy month of the year in Tahiti is April, with an average hourly wind speed of 17 kilometres per hour (9 knots; 11mph).

The predominant average hourly wind direction in Tahiti is from the east throughout the year.

Is there a risk of a tropical storm in Tahiti?
The risk of a tropical storm in Tahiti is greatest in March, but historically the likelihood of this happening is less than 1%. The region is prone to tropical cyclones, which usually develop between November and March.

Tahiti Weather Averages

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average daily max (°C)
31 31 31 31 30 29 29 29 29 30 30 30
Average daily min (°C)
24 24 24 24 23 22 21 21 22 22 23 24
Average daily sunshine (hrs)
7 7 7 7 7 7 8 8 8 8 7 6
Average daily daylight (hrs)
13 12 12 11 11 11 11 11 12 12 13 13
Comfort level
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Average relative humidity (%)
80 80 81 82 81 82 80 81 79 78 79 80
UV Index (max)
11+ 11+ 11+ 11 8 7 7 9 11 11+ 11+ 11+
Average days of rainfall (≥1mm)
14 11 9 8 7 5 4 3 3 8 10 15
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
160 131 96 82 63 42 28 26 24 66 99 176
Average wind speed (km/h)
18 18 17 17 18 19 20 19 20 19 18 17
Average sea temperature (°C)
28 29 29 29 28 27 27 26 26 27 27 28
Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia

Holiday seasons

Peak season: July and August – the traditional July-to-August holiday period in France also coincides with Tahiti's month-long Heiva Nui festival, held throughout July.

Christmas to early January, late February, early March, Easter, early May and early October are also regarded as peak periods when flights and hotel rooms need to be booked well in advance.

Tip: May, June, September and October offer the best combination of weather and availability of hotel rooms.

Tahiti weather by month

Note: Meteorological data for Tahiti, French Polynesia is based on weather statistics gathered for the 30-year period 1991 to 2020, and is sourced from Meteo France (French Polynesia) at the closest weather station, Fa'a'ā International Airport, located 5km (3mi) southwest of Papeete. 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 Tahiti: 2 March, 2024

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