Located in an inter-tropical zone, the Bora Bora climate sees sun all year round, featuring micro-climates that are distinguished between two seasons – the dry season and the wet season.
Bora Bora’s dry season is also known as Polynesian winter and falls in the months between April and October. The word winter is used loosely, as the average temperature during this season is 24C to 28C and the day to night temperature doesn’t see much fluctuation at all. As it is the dry season, rain is rare during this time and the humidity levels are more manageable than that of the wet season.
Despite being ‘winter’, there is still plenty of sun in Bora Bora during this time to enjoy your vacation. In fact, this is the more preferred season for tourists as the weather is comfortable and the water condition is more favourable amongst scuba divers with higher visibility.
More local festivals and celebrations are also carried out during the month long Bora Bora holiday called Tiurai during the coolest months of the dry season – July and August. These couple of months are caused by the trade winds called mara’amu. Mara’amu is a south-easterly wind that often brings sudden downpours of rain and drops of temperatures. As such, during this time a light sweater in the evening and early mornings will be handy.
The wet season of Bora Bora is also called the Polynesian summer, and is the rainy season for the island. This season takes place between November and March. It gets incredibly humid and sees heavier and more frequent rains which are often accompanied by tropical storms. They don’t only come frequently but also in brief and unexpected periods. On rare occasions, cyclones can develop along with the gusty winds during this season, an effect known as the El Nino, a periodical marine draft. Winds can reach the speeds of over 200km/h.
The wet season is swarmed by the trade winds called toerau, which is a north-north-easterly wind and occurs less often. The temperatures in the rainy season average between 27C and 30C, with the February and March bearing the hottest days.
While the wet season makes Bora Bora a less attractive place for vacationing, there are many benefits of travelling then. Bora Bora resorts will be less crowded, and with less competition there is the additional advantage of lower accommodation rates.
You’ll also have an advantage over more flexible schedules for tourist activities and sightseeing events. With the island being less competitive, most products and services will also be lowered in price and the island will be more enjoyable to explore.
Dry or wet season, either way Bora Bora offers its visitors a paradise with clear, aquamarine waters and luscious greenery. You’ll find over-water thatched roof bungalows at most Bora Bora resorts and attractions that are both aqua-centric and on land. You won’t have truly experienced a getaway vacation until you’ve experienced the beauty of Bora Bora!