Tahiti and its islands benefit from a tropical climate with an exceptional sunshine rate approaching 3,000 hours of sun per year in the Tuamotu Islands, one of the highest in the world! Temperatures are relatively constant, cooled by the trade winds that blow all year round. The average temperature is 77°F, just like the water in the lagoons. Further away from the equator, the southern archipelagos (the Austral Islands and the Gambier Islands) offer even cooler temperatures.

The Islands of Tahiti offer a pleasant tropical climate year-round, with constant temperatures and plenty of sunshine. When to go depends on your personal preferences, but whatever the time of year, you’ll be sure to have an unforgettable experience in this multi-faceted paradise.

Dry season from May to October.


The period from May to October is ideal for sun and relaxation enthusiasts. Under a sky of azure blue, the fine sandy beaches invite relaxation, while the turquoise lagoons are perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and diving. The calm sea offers optimal visibility for exploring the marine treasures of French Polynesia. However, note that this season corresponds to the high tourist season, with increased demand for flights and accommodations.

The must-see events of the season.

An Enchanting Tropical Climate

In the Polynesian latitudes, it’s summer all year round! Two seasons, dry and wet, are distinguished, offering constant temperatures between 77 and 87.8°F. The trade winds, even during the hottest months from December to February, blow constantly to cool the atmosphere. The southern archipelagos, such as the Austral Islands and the Gambier Islands, enjoy cooler temperatures, ideal for those who prefer milder climates.

Wet season from November to April

From November to April, short and intense showers are followed by clear skies, bringing lush vegetation and green landscapes to life. The higher temperatures are suitable for those seeking warmth and tropical humidity. This period is considered the low season, offering more affordable prices and a quieter atmosphere. It is also an opportunity to delve deeper into Polynesian culture through the numerous festivals and events held throughout the year.

Lush Nature

During the wet season between November and March, also known as the abundance season, nature flourishes. This period is ideal for experiencing new flavors, as it coincides with the fruit harvest. Rainfall is frequent but short and intense, typically not exceeding 30 minutes. The months of January and February are slightly wetter, but the warm tropical rains do not spoil the travel experience.


For more precise meteorological information, you can consult Weather.com to check the weather forecasts for Tahiti-Papeete. This source will give you a more accurate idea of the temperatures, sunshine, and expected precipitation during your trip.

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FAQ

What is the best season to go to Tahiti?

Tahiti offers two distinct seasons, each with its unique advantages. The dry season, from May to October, offers azure skies, sunny days, and ideal conditions for swimming, snorkeling, and diving. On the other hand, the wet season, from November to April, showcases lush nature with short, intense showers, perfect for exploration enthusiasts and lovers of greenery. The choice depends on your personal preferences between dry and sunny weather or abundant greenery.

What is the least expensive time to go to Tahiti?

The least expensive time to travel to Tahiti is typically during the wet season, from November to April. During this period, flight and accommodation prices may be more affordable, providing an excellent opportunity for travelers seeking cultural exploration and a quieter atmosphere on the islands. Festivals and events organized during this time also allow for a deeper immersion into Polynesian culture.

What is the rainy season in French Polynesia?

The rainy season in French Polynesia occurs during the wet season, from November to April. Short and intense showers contribute to lush vegetation and fruit harvesting. Although rainfall is more frequent, warm tropical rains typically do not last more than 30 minutes. This period offers a unique experience for travelers looking to discover beauty from a different perspective.

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