Best Time to Visit Bora Bora | Vestasoft

Because the island is in the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons are flipped, so if you are in the Northern Hemisphere and are looking to get away during your summer holiday anytime between June through August, it’s winter in Bora Bora, and you will find pleasant weather with low humidity.

While those in the Northern Hemisphere look forward to warm summer months, the people of Bora Bora eagerly await winter months, when it’s cooler and drier after experiencing months of hot and wet weather. And cooler doesn’t necessarily mean cold. The temperatures are still around 75 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (23 to 26 degrees Celsius) as opposed to the high 90s Fahrenheit.

This is also the most popular time of the year to visit Bora Bora, and scores of tourists descend upon the small island, so make sure to book your flights, hotel rooms, and tours well in advance. Prices are also higher during this time, so if you don’t mind paying the hefty prices, the dry season is a good bet. You can explore the island’s jungle interior, spend your days lazing on sandy beaches, and take advantage of the trade winds to enjoy wind sports like parasailing and kitesurfing in the lagoon.

July: When visiting in July, keep in mind that the island has a month-long festival of Heive I Bora Bora, where the streets and the markets of the largest city of Vaitape celebrate French Polynesian culture with floral decorations, dancing competitions, beauty pageants, musical shows, and feasts of local foods. Even the resorts and hotels join the fun with their own celebrations and presentations of traditional sports and craft demonstrations. There will also be reenactments of Polynesian ceremonies at maraes (sacred communal spaces).

Originally created in celebration of Bastille Day, a reminder of Bora Bora’s French connection, this festival now has exciting events like javelin-throwing contents, fire walking, and outrigger canoe races that keep the crowds entertained throughout the month.

If you are feeling adventurous, the Raid Anei Bora Bora hiking event takes you on a steep climb up to the jungle interior, with incredible panoramic views all around.

Overwater bungalows in Bora Bora

Although the wet season officially lasts from November to April, these two shoulder months make the best time of the year to visit Bora Bora. The weather is still near perfect with temperatures around the mid 70s to mid 80s Fahrenheit (20s Celsius), and there will be fewer visitors during this time. The prices are also 10 to 20 percent cheaper, and some of the resorts like the Four Seasons Bora Bora and Le Meridien Bora Bora have discounted deals. Many of the restaurants and tours also run discounts to encourage customers during these slower months.

November: If you are visiting around late October and early November, you will be here during prime festival season. The annual Hawaiki Nui Va’a, celebrated from the end of October to the beginning of November in the Leeward Islands archipelago, brings together athletes for an international championship outrigger canoe race. They travel through Huahine, Raiatea, and Taha’a, and end in Bora Bora at the gorgeous Matira Beach. Crowds gather to welcome the participants and celebrate Polynesian customs and traditions with regional food, song, and dance. Also in October, the island hosts stone-throwing competitions, celebrating the French Polynesian art of herding fish by beating stones tied to coconut fiber on the surface of the water.

Towards the end of November, the celebration of Matarii Nia takes place, celebrating the ancient religious practices of the Polynesian natives. There’ll be traditional dancing, singing, and abundant food.

Leave a Comment