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Best time to visit French Polynesia

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French Polynesia

Best time of year to visit French Polynesia

French Polynesia enjoys a tropical climate with warm temperatures and sunshine year-round. The drier season from May to October is the best time to visit French Polynesia. This season offers excellent opportunities to experience diving, hiking, shark watching, turtle hatching, and surfing. Heiva i Tahiti dance festival takes place in July. However, hot and rainy season that runs from November to April also has advantages like deep-sea fishing, blooming tiare flowers, and Hawaiki Nui Va'a canoe competition.

16 THINGS TO DO IN FRENCH POLYNESIA (JULY 24 - AUGUST 02)

Shark Watching and Feeding

Shark Watching and Feeding

June–November • nature

Your heart rate will rise in the presence of some of these deadly sea predators, swimmers can join the packs in water, while non-swimmers may watch the action from aboard

Perfect Diving

Perfect Diving

June–October  • activity

The beautiful picturesque waters of Bora Bora are perfect for scuba diving

Humpback Whales

Humpback Whales

August–October • nature

Don't miss the opportunity to observe humpback whales and swim up close with these ocean giants

Diving & Swimming with Manta Rays

Diving & Swimming with Manta Rays

May–December • activity

Swim in a company of these gracious underwater creatures in the waters of the Anau Lagoon

Dolphin Watching

Dolphin Watching

November–July • nature

Check out leaping and playing dolphins in the turquoise waters around your boat—a truly joyful experience in Tahiti

Diving and Snorkeling around Tahiti

Diving and Snorkeling around Tahiti

April–November • activity

Take an unforgettable diving trip in Tahiti during the Polynesia winter when the water temperature is lower and the visibility is clearer

Tahitian Pearl Harvest

Tahitian Pearl Harvest

May–November • activity

If pearls have captured your heart, come to Tahiti and see how they grow and are harvested

Baby Turtles Hatching Season

Baby Turtles Hatching Season

late July–August • nature

Experience the hatching season of baby sea turtles as they make their way into the water for the first time

Surfing

Surfing

All year (best May–October) • activity

Surfers' dreams come true in Tahiti—home to the world's best waves

Polynesian Breadfruit (Uru or Ulu)

Polynesian Breadfruit (Uru or Ulu)

July–August | November–April • food

Special thanks to the British Captain Cook who discovered this versatile fruit in French Polynesia

Ma'a Tahiti

Ma'a Tahiti

all year round • food

Give a try to a traditional Tahitian dish prepared in a typical underground oven

Vanilla

Vanilla

March–July (harvest) | July–August (pollination) • food

Learn about vanilla growing process and taste Tahitian ice-cream, cakes, others desserts, and tropical cocktails with vanilla—the islands' delicious signature

Hiking

Hiking

May–October • activity

Explore Tahiti's beauty by foot while visiting Fautaua Valley and the Hitiaa Lava Tubes

Tiare Tahiti

Tiare Tahiti

September–April (all year round) • nature

Tahitian emblematic flower is celebrated during Tiare Honoring Days through weaving wreaths and bunches of the favourite blossoms

Jet Skiing

Jet Skiing

all year round • activity

Access every corner of Tahiti, admiring its turquoise serenity

Poisson Cru

Poisson Cru

May–September • food

Try this fresh and simple, yet flavorful, delicate, and perfectly harmonious national dish of Tahiti

9 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Hawaiki Nui Va'a

Hawaiki Nui Va'a

out of rangeOctober 26–29, 2022 • event

The annual event is a great opportunity to experience a canoe competition, as well as other performances that come along

Heiva i Tahiti

Heiva i Tahiti

out of rangeJuly 4–22, 2022  • event

Discover the symbol of the Polynesian culture and an iconic event for people proud of their heritage and history

KXT Watermana

KXT Watermana

on holdNovember 25–December 1, 2019 • event

Taking place in late November–early December over a week, the Watermana endurance competition attracts the attention of some of the best water-based athletes in the world

Wall of Sharks

Wall of Sharks

out of rangeJuly 12–14, 2022 • nature

With the full moon shining over the very heart of the Pacific, thousands of spawning groupers are enclosed by hundreds of hungry predators

Heiva i Bora Bora

Heiva i Bora Bora

out of rangeJune 24–July 31, 2022 • event

The Heiva festival is one of the most fun ways to experience the culture of Bora Bora

Turtles Laying Eggs

Turtles Laying Eggs

out of rangeNovember–January  • nature

Watch sea turtles gracefully make their way to their nesting ground to lay eggs

Stone Fishing

Stone Fishing

out of rangeNovember • activity

Experience this centuries-old Polynesian tradition of catching fish

Papara Pro Surf Festival

Papara Pro Surf Festival

on holdMarch 9–13, 2020 • event

This is your chance to witness the uprise of new "kings of waves" on this tiny tropical island in the Pacific!

Deep Sea Fishing

Deep Sea Fishing

out of rangeOctober–June • activity

Discover deep sea fishing in the open Pacific Ocean and enjoy fabulous views of the islands

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