Due to the location, daytime and evening temperatures in Bora Bora, as well as throughout the rest of French Polynesia, are generally stable from month to month. Since Bora Bora is even closer to the equator compared to nearby islands, 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 (if not) perfect in Bora Bora, at least for a week or two at a time. In Bora Bora, everyday is warm and somewhat humid while every night is almost as warm as the daytime, yet notebly less humid. Because the nights are a bit less humid, visitors get a chance to cool off.

For helpful climate information see the monthly temperature chart, found below.

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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 actually only two real seasons, instead of the typical four found around the rest of the world. The “wet season” in Bora Bora lasts from November through April, with the wettest month being the month of 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 will be at least a bit of rain every month, so even during the dry season you are likely to see a quick rainfall during any given week.


Cloudbursts and sunshine

The island of Bora Bora averages around 8 hours of daylight every day of the year, and you’ll want to not that this varies very little during the two seasons. In other words, you’ll most likely get some cloud cover for around 4 hours of any given day, on average. If you are lucky enough to get some clouds around sunset, which you most likely will, you’ll have some moody photo opportunities that you’ll be hard pressed to find elsewhere.

 

When it does rain, it tends to come intensely in cloudbursts, often during the late afternoon hours, but sometimes overnight as well. During the wet season you might find that you have 30 to 60 minutes of rain each day during a week. However, some of that rain will likely happen while you’re sleeping, so it rarely causes much of a problem during a normal vacation.

Humidity

Humidity tends to be rather high all year, with discomfort at its peak during the months of January through March, but honestly there’s little difference from one month to the next, and it’s still considered very humid in dry season. Most visitors feel a bit uncomfortable on their first full day, but after that they usually get used to it.


Winds

The “trade winds” are active every day of the year on Bora Bora, however, they tend to be more prominent in the afternoon rather than in the morning. Fortunately, these winds tend to be very pleasant and cooling, so you’ll likely think that the temperatures are perfect for an island paradise, at least as long as you are outdoors.

 

Most restaurants and bars in the South Pacific are outdoors and shaded, making it so that very few people complain about the weather. 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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