French Polynesia

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French Polynesia is an overseas country of the French Republic. It is made up of several groups of Polynesian the highest point at 2,385 feet. Source

map of Bora Bora

Weather and Climate of Bora Bora Island

The climate on the Island of Bora Bora and the rest of the Society Islands is considered tropical and can be divided into two basic seasons: the wet season and the dry season.

The wet season is between the months of November to April, receiving approximately 3/4ths of the annual rainfall of French Polynesia between these months. The humidity during this time can be quite heavy and muggy and cloud cover is common. Storms are frequent, brief, and unpredictable. Average rainfall for Papeete is 1800 mm.

Temperatures will range from 27 – 30 degrees C, with the hottest months being February and March. Day to night temperature fluctuations are minimal. This “wet season” is considered the “off season” for tourism.

By contrast, the “dry season” – May through October, is the “on season” for tourism. This is the
Polynesian winter. Temperatures generally range from between 24-28 degrees C, and rain is rare. Day to night temperature fluctuations are minimal.

Winds will be present in Tahiti Polynesia no matter the season. The basic geography of all the
French Polynesian islands will always insure this. Most days in Tahiti will include some type of light wind, often times picking up toward the latter part of the day. For the most part, these winds will always be considered a blessing. The feeling of a nice pacific breeze on a hot day is very refreshing and will always be appreciated.

There are two common trade winds affecting Tahiti Polynesia’s weather and travelers: The dry
season’s mara’ amu, and the wet seasons toerau. The mara’ amu is a southeasterly blowing trade wind most common during the winter months (dry season), of June, July, and August. These winds can be a bit more persistent than you may be prepared for, bringing with them sudden downpours and cooler temperatures. Be advised to pack an extra windbreaker. As for the toerau, these winds are less common and blow in a north- northeast direction and occur during the wet season months.

Cyclones are always a cause for concern for those inclined to worry. Take heed. French Polynesia has had its share of cyclones- although the frequency of them seems to be far less than other parts of the world which are prone to them, such as the southeastern seaboard or mid-west states of the United States). Source

Bora Bora Island Temperature

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Tahiti Island

Tahiti is the largest island in the Windward group of French Polynesia, located in the archipelago of the Society Islands in the southern Pacific Ocean. It is the economic, cultural and political center of French Polynesia. The capital,Papeete, is located on the northwest coast. Source

map of Tahiti

Weather and Climate of Tahiti Island

Tahiti enjoys warm, tropical weather year-round. Cooled by the gentle breezes of the Pacific, the climate of these islands is sunny and pleasant. The average ocean temperature is in the low 80’s. Because Tahiti and her Islands are below the Equator, the seasons are the reverse of those in the Northern Hemisphere.

Roughly speaking, there are two seasons: from November through April the climate is warmer and more humid, with daily high temperatures of about 85°F and lows of 70°F at night.

More rain falls during the warmer season, but there are also many lovely sunny days with
refreshing trade-winds during these months. In fact, during the period of November through
March Tahiti still averages more sunshine hours than Honolulu.

From May through October the climate is cooler and drier with daily high temperatures of about 82° F and lows of 70° F at night. Most people divide the year into two climate periods – the Dry Season and the Humid Season.

The Dry Season – (also called Austral winter) taking place between April and October brings an
expected coolness, July and August being the coolest months of the year due to southeast trade
winds called maraamu.

The Humid Season – (also called Rainy season) starts in November and ends in March. It brings mugginess, humidity as well as heavier and more frequent rains than in the dry season. During that season, tropical storms may occur. Source

Tahiti Island Temperature

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To enter French Polynesia visitors must have:

A valid passport
An onward or return ticket
Documented evidence of sufficient money for their stay (copy of a bank statement)

For citizens of the United States, Canada, the European Union Countries or Mexico no visa is required for stays of up to 90 days.

Citizens of other countries need to consult the French Consulate in their country for additional information.

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