Because of the location, guests will find that both daytime and evening temperatures in Bora Bora, as well as throughout the rest of French Polynesia, tend to be generally stable when looking month to month. Also, it's important to note that because Bora Bora is even closer to the equator compared to nearby islands, it tends to be more consistent than Tahiti and Moorea, which are both about 140 miles (230 kilometers) to the southwest.

Most visitors would describe the climate to be nearly perfect in Bora Bora, at least for a week or two at a time. In Bora Bora, you'll find that every single day is warm and a bit humid while every night is almost as warm as is it during the daytime, yet notably less humid. Because the nights are a bit less humid, visitors, thankfully, 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 really are only two ‘real’ seasons, instead of the typical four that are experienced around the rest of the world. The “wet season” in Bora Bora lasts from November through April, with the wettest month being January. The “dry season” here runs from May through October, with the driest month being that of August.

 

Unlike Tahiti itself, the wetter months here aren’t as wet and the dryer months aren’t as dry. With that said, it’s important to note that there will be at least a bit of rain every month. This means that even during the dry season you’re likely to see a quick rainfall during any given week.


Cloudbursts and sunshine

The island of Bora Bora averages about 8 hours of daylight every day of the year, and you’ll note that this doesn’t really change during the two seasons. This means you’ll most likely get some cloud cover for around 4 hours of any given day. 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 in strong with cloudbursts, often during the late afternoon hours, but sometimes you’ll notice it happens overnight, as well. During the wet season you may find that you have 30 to 60 minutes of rain each day during a week. Thankfully though, some of that rain should happen while you’re sleeping, so it rarely causes much of a problem during a normal vacation.

Humidity

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


Winds

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

 

Most restaurants and bars in the South Pacific are both situated outdoors and are shaded, meaning 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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