You’d be surprised how many times we’ve been asked when the best time to visit Bora Bora is. The easy answer is that it’s always the right time to visit Bora Bora island. Okay, that probably wasn’t the helpful response that you were looking for, but the real answer depends on the weather, your budget and what your travel interests are. Some time periods are better than others.
During July and August, the weather is great, but this is the prime vacation and festival season. July is the busiest month because of the Heiva Nui festival. Hotels in Bora Bora and the outer islands are at their fullest during August, the traditional French vacation month.
You’ll want to book your airline tickets and resort accommodations for July and August as far in advance as possible to get the best rates. The months you may want to consider are May, June, September, and October which have the best combination of weather and availability of hotel rooms.
There is real data to predict the weather in Bora Bora as you can pretty much count on the dry months to occur between April and October. The weather will be cooler and less humid during that time of year. Of course, there is still the chance of tropical rain showers, but that shouldn’t stop your enjoyment of the island.
Jessica and I have been on Bora Bora during the dry season and over the course of our five-day trip, we encountered two days of rain. The thing you should remember is that tropical weather moves fast, it could rain in the morning and then just a few hours later during the afternoon the weather could be clear and incredible. I wish I knew how to take pictures of the stars at night because with no clouds in the sky the stars are dazzling and seem so close.
An optimal time to be in Bora Bora is for the Heiva Nui Festival which takes place in early July. This annual singing, dance and traditional sports competition happens at Moto’i Place in the town of Vaitape. This is a great event to immerse yourself in the Polynesian culture with crafts demonstrations and places to shop for memorable trinkets. Be prepared for larger crowds at the hotels and around town as this is considered peak season.
During the off-season months (November to March) you will find better deals on hotels and some activities. Even airfare to the islands should be cheaper. The Bora Bora Liquid Festival takes place in December over the course of four days. This event encompasses all things water related, from outrigger canoe races to stand-up paddling and swimming relays. In the evening there are movies, concerts and other social gatherings that appeal to all ages.
Another thing to consider when planning your trip is to be mindful of the public holidays. Commercial shops and restaurants tend to close early or not open altogether on vacation such as Easter. Some businesses close down for the entire weekend plus Easter Monday. It shouldn’t prevent you from planning your trip, but if you are spending limited time in Bora Bora or on another Polynesian island, you might want to ask your travel agent or send an email to the resort concierge desk. I mention this because Jessica and I were in Tahiti for one night before we flew back to Los Angeles and we wanted to visit the Municipal Market in Papeete, but it was Easter Weekend and nearly the entire town was shut down including the market.
Travel to Bora Bora on other holidays like Valentine’s Day, Christmas and New Years tend to see a spike in visitors and a bump in prices. If you book your travel early and save on airfare, sometimes you can offset the cost of the resort fees.