Best Time of Year to Visit Bora Bora
With ocean water at an average of 80°F year-round, there's never really a bad time to visit Bora Bora. But tourism does fluctuate with the seasons, which means that prices do, too.
Weather is an important consideration when planning a trip to Bora Bora. A year in this tropical climate can be divided roughly into a wet season and a dry season, with two shoulder months that many experts consider the best times to visit.
The December through March summer season brings humid temperatures in the mid- to high-80s and frequent storms that dump heavy rainfall without warning. This erratic time of year attracts bargain hunters (and mosquitoes, so carry repellent).
As winter months of May through October experience slightly cooler temperatures and significantly less rainfall, this is the high season. With the crowds come exorbitant rates for everything from dining to hotels.
Since the weather transitions in both November and April, travel experts consider these shoulder months ideal times to visit because of potentially advantageous hotel pricing and less people on the island. Temperatures during both months average in the mid-70s to mid-80s, with some rainfall.
However, deciding on when to visit Bora Bora also depends on what you'd like to do once you get there.
Divers and snorkelers will want to stay away from the rainy season completely in order to experience ideal visibility. The best waves for surfing usually happen between January and March, while hiking excursions to Mt. Pahia and cultural sites can't be done at all in the rain. The sky is the most cloud-free in July and August, which may be appealing to photographers.
Most people visit Bora Bora only once in their lifetime, so it's important to do as much research as possible in order to get the most out of your vacation in paradise.
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