daytime and evening temperatures in Bora Bora, as well as throughout French Polynesia, are incredibly stable from month to month. Since Bora Bora is even closer to the equator it tends to be even more consistent than Tahiti and Moorea, which are about 140 miles (230 kilometers) to the southwest.

Most people would describe the climate to be nearly perfect in Bora Bora, at least for a week or two at a time. Every day is quite warm and somewhat humid and every night is almost as warm but a bit less humid, so visitors feel like they cool off a bit at night, especially when outdoors.

For helpful climate information see below the monthly temperature chart.

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Bora Bora monthly temperature averages and rainfall

January

 

  • High: 86°F/30°C
  • Low: 77°F/25°C
  • Rain: 10.6″/269mm

 

February

 

  • High: 86°F/30°C
  • Low: 77°F/25°C
  • Rain: 9.2″/233mm

 

March

 

  • High: 88°F/31°C
  • Low: 79°F/26°C
  • Rain: 7.0″/177mm

 

April

 

  • High: 86°F/30°C
  • Low: 79°F/26°C
  • Rain: 7.2″/183mm

 

May

 

  • High: 86°F/30°C
  • Low: 77°F/25°C
  • Rain: 5.1″/130mm

 

June

 

  • High: 84°F/29°C
  • Low: 75°F/24°C
  • Rain: 3.9″/98mm

 

July

 

  • High: 82°F/28°C
  • Low: 75°F/24°C
  • Rain: 3.3″/83mm

 

August

 

  • High: 82°F/28°C
  • Low: 75°F/24°C
  • Rain: 2.4″/60mm

 

September

 

  • High: 84°F/29°C
  • Low: 75°F/24°C
  • Rain: 2.6″/66mm

 

October

 

  • High: 84°F/29°C
  • Low: 75°F/24°C
  • Rain: 3.9″/100mm

 

November

 

  • High: 84°F/29°C
  • Low: 77°F/25°C
  • Rain: 8.0″/204mm

 

December

 

  • High: 86°F/30°C
  • Low: 77°F/25°C
  • Rain: 11.1″/281mm

Dry season and wet season

As with everywhere else in the tropics, there are two seasons rather than four. The “wet season” in Bora Bora lasts roughly from November through April, with the single wettest month being January. The “dry season” runs from May through October, with the dryest month being August.

 

Unlike Tahiti itself, the wetter months here aren’t quite as wet and the dryer months aren’t quite as dry, but it’s important to note that there is at least a bit of rain every month, so even during the dry season you are likely to see at least a bit of quick rainfall during any given week.


Cloudbursts and sunshine

The island of Bora Bora averages about 8 hours of sunshine every day of the year, and this varies little during the two seasons. In other words, you’ll get some cloud cover for about 4 hours of any given day, on average. If you are lucky enough to get some clouds around sunset, which you probably will, you’ll have some excellent and moody photo opportunities that you won’t find easily elsewhere.

 

When the rain does come it tends to come intensely in cloudbursts, often in the late afternoons, but sometimes overnight. During the wet season you might have 30 to 60 minutes of rain each day during a week, but some of that will likely fall while you are asleep, so it rarely causes much of a problem during a normal vacation.

Humidity

Humidity tends to be rather high all year, with discomfort peaking from January through March, but honestly there’s little difference from one month to the next, and it’s still quite humid in dry season. Most visitors feel a bit uncomfortable on their first full day, but after that it usually feels very pleasant.


Winds

The “trade winds” are also present every day of the year, and tend to be more prominent in the afternoon than in the morning. Fortunately, these winds tend to be very pleasant and cooling, so you’ll likely feel the temperatures to be perfect for an island paradise as long as you are outdoors.

 

Most restaurants and bars in the South Pacific are outdoors and shaded, so very few people complain about the weather at all. The few indoor restaurants, and all bungalows at Bora Bora overwater bungalow resorts are air conditioned, so you’ll be comfortable no matter where you are.

 

Climate source: The Weather Network

 

Top photo courtesy of Alfredi on Flickr


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    1. Pam,

      We keep a full list of all overwater bungalows in the Caribbean, and each one is describe in pretty great detail. I have no reason to think that the ones in Panama aren’t safe, although I haven’t been myself. They tend to attract scuba divers and they are very popular from what I can see. There are also overwater bungalows at the Disney Resort on a lake, so that’s another one to look into. Sorry I’m not of more help. -Roger

  1. Hi there. We’re a family of 6 (mum, dad, and four boys 16, 15, 13 and 8) who primarily surf, but also want to enjoy time snorkelling etc. We’d love to stay nearest to decent surf (doesn’t have to be massive though! Just really fun waves-especially as the 8 year old needs to be involved and me (mum) doesn’t really surf bigger than 2-3 foot either these days :)). We desperately want to stay in a water villa but are so happy to do it on the cheap (thats we how we travel-always on a massive budget, so as long as rooms are clean that’s all we care about). Can you recommend anywhere/a few cheap water villas for us? Thanks so much! We’re coming April 13th-April 20th.

    1. Samantha,

      Your main challenge will be that most overwater resorts only allow 3 guests per bungalow and a few allow 4 guests per bungalow, but none of them allow 6. You’d have to get two overwater villas for six people and that would start at around US$700 per night at even the cheapest place. A few of the Maldives water villa resorts have surfing beaches, and the cheapest way to pull that off would be to get one water villa and one island villa and take turns in the water villa. Sorry the news isn’t any better. -Roger

  2. Hi
    I wish to combine a trip to Tahiti with a trip to Easter Island next year. Do you have suggestions for somewhere in Tahiti that is an over water option? Also do you know if it is correct that Tahiti and Easter Island are only connected on a Tuesday by air? Do you have any recommendations for how to combine the two? We are flying from NZ.

  3. I am currently planning a birthday and graduation get away, two weeks, two islands, over the water and beach front looking at next April any suggestions on how to save $? I know if we do the over the water on Moorea vs Bora Bora will save some $. Anything else would be much appreciated.

    1. Rosary,

      I’d say your best strategy for (hopefully) saving some money, or rather getting a free upgrade, is to book only two nights are so in each overwater bungalow and the rest in a beach room. You will have a much better chance of a room upgrade compared to anyone who is only booked in a beach room, so you should be at the top of the list. You might end up 4 or 5 nights in an overwater bungalow that way while only paying for two and the rest in a beach room. It’s a bit risky if you REALLY want to spend most of the week overwater, but it could work.

      Honestly, the overwater experience is amazing for a few days but the novelty wears off a bit after that because you always have to walk much farther to get anywhere compared to the beach rooms. April is one of the slowest months in the South Pacific, so you should be getting pretty good rates as it is. Sorry I don’t have more advice for you. -Roger

  4. You mentioned eco-style resorts in the Caribbean that are fairly affordable. Do you have a list of these? We would love to stay in an affordable over the water bungalow but don’t want to have to fly all the way to Tahiti.

  5. Soleena,
    for the future
    I hope you don’t mind me sharing 🙂
    It is considered rude to use capital letters when chatting. It is considered to be shouting. You did not sound like you were cross so I thought you’d like to know. Cheers Audrey

  6. FIRST AND FOREMOST, I MUST COMMEND YOU ON YOUR ATTENTIVE, RESPONSIVE DEDICATION TO ASSISTING THOSE THAT SEEK GUIDANCE AND OR SOME SENSE OF DIRECTION ON THE ENDLESS PLETHORA OF VACATION DESTINATIONS AND THE POTENTIAL DISCOUNTED RATES AND TRAVEL PACKAGES. VERY ADMIRABLE, I HAVE TO ADMIT!

    AND AS FAR AS MY CONCERNS GO, DO YOU KNOW OF A RELIABLE AND LEGIT, YET DECENTLY/AFFORDABLY- PRICED WATER BUNGALOW RESORT/HOTEL/ETC., THAT I COULD BOOK IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS FOR A POTENTIAL 4-7 NIGHTS STAY- DURING THE END OF TIS MONTH THRU THE END OF SEPTEMBER? Thanks so much sweetheart!

    1. Soleena,

      Thank you for the kind words, and sorry for the delayed response. We actually do an annual list of the cheapest overwater bungalow resorts in the world on our sister site. You’ve probably seen it, but you may not have realized that it’s the same data. There are no secret places that aren’t on the list, at least if you are looking for a "honeymoon-style" overwater bungalow. Let me know if you have any other questions and I’ll try to help, and more quickly this time. -Roger

    1. Jacki,

      There is a new resort opening next year in Panama with honeymoon-style overwater bungalows. We don’t know the rates yet, but they should be far more affordable than the new Sandals resorts in Jamaica. If you are okay with the eco-style resorts, there are many in the Caribbean that are fairly affordable. -Roger

  7. hello there
    this will be our first time traveling to the maldives ,
    my wife and me want a nice romantic place with a private pool in our overwater bungallow and a beautiful view ,,this will be our second honey moon ,,, wich island or resort do you recomend

    thank you so much .

    1. Agustin,

      Actually, we have a list of the best Maldives water villa resorts with private pools. The first one on the list is amazing and it’s also the best of the all-inclusives, though it’s quite expensive. If you are looking for one that is more modestly priced you’ll want to focus on the bottom one on the list, the Irufushi Beach and Spa Resort. The water villas there are huge and all have private pools. Have a great trip and let me know if I can help further. -Roger

  8. Is there a number to call to tell an advisor what exactly we want / expect out of our trip so they can recommend the best resort thay would fit our needs. Also which part of maldives is the best to stay as far as entertainment brar by etc.

    1. Kira,

      We are primarily an online guide to water villa resorts and we don’t do bookings or consultations, although I try to offer advice when I can. As far as which part of the Maldives, each resort there (by law) is on a private island, and each one is different. If you are looking for a place with nightlife and entertainment then you’ll want to book at one of the larger places like Meeru Island, as they have multiple bars and night time activities. Some of the smaller resorts have nothing beyond the dinner service and a small bar. Best of luck with this. -Roger

  9. I am dreaming and want to plan a trip for a ann. next year. a couple different places so I see all the beauty in Tahiti or where ever I can afford. please send me more info and updated rates. THANKS for the tips.

  10. I really want to stay in a over water bungalow at some point in time. So can you get an all-inclusive with 2 or 3 day in the bungalow and then move to an island room?

    1. Dee,

      Yes, you can definitely stay in an overwater bungalow for only part of a stay at a resort. In fact, it’s mentioned above that this is a pretty good strategy to possibly get an upgrade for additional days or perhaps your whole stay. Best of luck with this. -Roger

    1. Katherine,

      They are good deals if you enjoy drinking more than one or two alcoholic drinks each day. Generally, pretty much all the activities are included at all overwater resorts, so it’s pretty much food and drinks that are part of all-inclusive. And it’s not surprising that alcohol tends to be quite expensive (as does food) at these resorts, so all-inclusive is best for drinkers. Otherwise, you are subsidizing big drinkers if you don’t consume much alcohol.

      It’s also worth noting that nearly all the all-inclusive overwater resorts in the world are in the Maldives. There are none like that in or near Bora Bora. -Roger

    1. Alino,

      There is a link to the cheapest online booking site for each resort on each page. Just look for the link that says "Check for online specials…"