Tahiti is a tropical holiday destination popular for its warm sunny weather, beautiful beaches and stunning natural environment. The Tahiti climate is considered marine tropical, meaning it is hot and humid yet tempered by the ocean. Receiving an average of 2,500-2,900 hours of sunshine annually, Tahiti enjoys just enough rainfall to maintain its lush vegetation and colourful flowers.
Tahiti weather offers mild to warm temperatures year round, with daytime temperatures ranging from 24°C to 30°C. Lagoon water temperatures offer some relief, generally varying between 23°C to 26°C. Tahiti’s warm sunny days are tempered by northeast and southeast trade winds which also create two distinct seasons – the dry season and the rainy season.
The dry season takes place from April to October and brings with it slightly cooler temperatures. July and August are the coolest months and see the arrival of southeast trade winds known as maraamu. Whilst the days are still enjoyably warm and sunny, visitors may require a cardigan or light jacket at night or early in the morning.
The rainy season, also known as the humid season, begins in November and runs until March, bringing with it heavier humidity with more frequent rain showers and a certain mugginess. Tropical storms may also occur during this season. Despite the higher humidity and chance of storms, the rainy season is still a fantastic time to visit Tahiti. In fact, the peak season for tourism to Tahiti still occurs in this rainy season from December to January.
Situated in an inter-tropical zone, the Tahiti climate presents a certain unity however as French Polynesia covers an area as big as Europe, the climate can vary slightly between archipelagos. Higher islands such as the Society Islands (home to popular tourist destinations Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea and Papeete) is characterised by micro-climates which are influenced by their exposition and altitudes. The east coasts receive greater rainfall as they are more exposed to the trade winds whereas the west coasts are more sheltered.
However, thanks to the glorious Tahiti weather year round there really is no bad time to visit.