What is the best time to visit Tahiti? The island of Tahiti can be visited at any time of the year. Its tropical climate guarantees warm temperatures between 25 and 32°C. Moreover, the water temperature remains constant. The sea is warm and you can enjoy swimming all year round. On the other hand, Tahiti clearly has a dry season and a wet season. Depending on the dates of your stay, the number of showers can increase significantly, at the risk of spoiling your vacation a bit.
But weather conditions are not the only thing to take into account. The high tourist season, cultural events and of course the cost of a trip to Tahiti can also influence your choice. Let’s look together at the golden months to visit the Queen Island.
November to April: the wet season is not the best time to visit Tahiti
Expect frequent showers
The southern summer is characterized by heavy and long showers. This period starts in mid-November and has a peak of rainfall in January. While you may enjoy some sunshine, it may also rain all day. On the other hand, Tahiti is a high island with the highest mountain ranges in the archipelago. The peaks usually catch the clouds and when it is not raining, the sky often remains cloudy. Nevertheless, there is always something to do in Tahiti when it rains.
Less sun, more humidity and constant heat make December to March a period to avoid on a first trip to Tahiti. On the other hand, scuba diving enthusiasts will be able to observe a unique aquatic fauna during this period and professional surfers will enjoy impressive waves.
A cheap period
With the exception of the holiday season, the wet season is characterized by significantly reduced prices. This difference with the months of July to August is seen in the costs of transportation and accommodation. Indeed, it is during the rainy period that flights to Tahiti are the most affordable. On the other hand, in order to compensate for the decrease in the number of visitors, luxury hotels offer interesting discounts. For example, the price of rooms in bungalows can be reduced by half.
Cultural life in Tahiti does not stop during the southern summer. You will discover some local festivities at the House of Culture in Papeete. At the end of November, Polynesian dance lovers should not miss the annual Hura Tapairu competition at the Great Theater. An interesting fusion between tradition and modernity. Other visitors will attend the International Oceanian Documentary Film Festival in February each year. In addition, there are always activities to do when it rains.
May to June: an advantageous in-between time
Going to Tahiti when the sun returns
The southern winter begins after long humid months. From May onwards, the weather conditions are constantly improving. To choose, we will advise you the month of June which is more favorable. The sunshine rate is very satisfactory, temperatures are more pleasant and humidity is no longer a major problem. In addition, you will still benefit from advantageous airfare. Above all, you will benefit from a large availability of guesthouses and hotels in Tahiti. Indeed, the tourist season is just beginning and the occupancy rate is not yet prohibitive.
Local cultural life takes off
The return of the good weather sees many festivities organized in Papeete and Tahiti. The most important event will be the Heiva of the schools (Taupiti ana’e) at the beginning of June. Like its adult counterpart, it features Polynesian dances with a real concern for transmission. A little later in the month and still in Papeete, the Heiva Rima’i crafts fair pays tribute to Polynesian know-how and local producers. This beautiful month of June ends with the Internal Autonomy Day, a popular and festive event with concerts and street entertainment.
July to August: The best time to visit Tahiti
Great conditions for perfection
The sunshine is optimal and the humidity is at its lowest. Although the sky can be cloudy, showers are less frequent. The dry season is the ideal time for hiking in Tahiti and visiting the volcanic caves. Indeed, these activities would be cancelled in case of rain the day before. By choosing this period to come to Tahiti, you will put all the chances on your side and will fully enjoy your stay.
It is also during these months that the local cultural life reaches its peak. First, in July, there is the incredible Heiva i Tahiti festival. Dozens of artistic companies from all the archipelagos pay tribute to Polynesian arts in a dance and song competition that lasts several days. It is the opportunity to discover the Polynesian myth and the Tahitian Vahine. The second great cultural event takes place at the Arahurahu marae. Until the beginning of August, traditional performances take place on a historic site emblematic of Polynesian civilization. Finally, at the end of August, the Tahiti Pro international competition is held on Tahiti Iti, where the world’s greatest surfing champions ride the Wave of Teahupoo.
What are the disadvantages of leaving in July and August?
July and August are a school vacation period for both travelers from Northern Hemisphere countries and residents of French Polynesia. The number of tourists is higher than usual. As a result, there are more people, less privacy and less availability in mid-range hotels and for organizing activities. In other words, it is imperative to make reservations well in advance, especially for quality establishments.
Another consequence of the influx of visitors is that airfares are rising sharply. Indeed, many expatriates return to France during this period. International tickets are more expensive and in limited supply. Finding an affordable flight to Tahiti becomes complicated. Also on domestic flights between the islands of French Polynesia. If prices are those of the high season, the number of available seats is limited.
September to October: Tahiti becomes quiet again
The southern winter is slowly coming to an end and the weather conditions are still very good. Until mid-October, rainfall remains relatively low and the sun is always shining. You will enjoy the tranquility of Tahiti’s beaches and the serenity of the mountain ranges. Diving enthusiasts will also be able to admire the migration of humpback whales off Tahiti. The phenomenon occurs from July to November and promises unforgettable memories.
Above all, there are far fewer people. School vacations end in August in French Polynesia and international visitors are scarce from early September. As a result, airfares are going down and the hotel offer is now more accessible. Cultural life is becoming more authentic, less grandiloquent. Music, singing or ukulele festivals gather more locals than tourists. It is a very different atmosphere.
September and October are the golden months. All conditions guarantee a quality stay, quiet and sunny, with more affordable prices. More precisely, the period from mid-September to mid-October is the best time to visit Tahiti.
Choose your itinerary in French Polynesia
Going to Tahiti during the wet season doesn’t mean that your stay will be bad. Just be prepared for a lot of showers. The dry period from May to October is the best time to visit Tahiti. Depending on one’s expectations and disposition, one will choose one of these months to visit the Queen Island. The journey has just begun.
Tahiti is the gateway to French Polynesia. Plot your itinerary to the islands of the South Pacific. And why not also consider a cruise to Tahiti and her islands? We are at your disposal. Do not hesitate to contact us so that we can organize it together.