Tahiti Accommodation Options

The news is out! Air NZ is now operating its beautiful Dreamliner aircraft to Tahiti. That means you will get the latest in-seat entertainment. Plus you will have a far more comfortable plane to fly in. In fact, if you really need plenty of room to stretch out, you will love it. Not only will you arrive refreshed, but you will be ready for a Tahitian experience like no other. stay. A big part of planning your Pacific holiday is getting the right accommodation. So let’s look at some of your great Tahiti Accommodation Options:

Papeete Hotels

Have you ever imagined walking off an aircraft onto the Tarmac, to be greeted by local singers?  Well, get ready to turn your dream into reality. After a long flight, a welcome like this, is so special.  There will be no mucking around. You will have extra staff on hand to get you through faster. In fact, it generally only takes about 20 minutes.

Intercontinental Papeete – 5 star   

The InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa is surrounded by 32 acres of the most lush tropical gardens. Another great plus, is that this resort sits alongside a lagoon – you will get a fabulous view of Tahiti’s sister island, Moorea. And with two in-house restaurants, you will have a choice of different menus. In fact, the Intercontinental Papeete is perfect for absorbing what French Polynesia is all about. With most Tahitian resorts, you will have very sophisticated spa treatments on offer.  However, I guarantee that you will not be able to resist the reef attractions for too long.

Property Features: Pools (3), Restaurants (2), Bars (2), 24 hour room service, Use of snorkelling equipment and kayaks, Day spa, Tennis courts (2), Guest laundry, Parking (free), 24 hour reception.

Room Features: Air-conditioning, Balcony, Tea/coffee making facilities, Cable TV, Ironing facilities, Hair dryer, Safe.

Children: 0 to 15 years – 1 child free when sharing with an adult and using existing bedding.

Max Capacity: Standard/Garden View/Lagoon View/Antares Panoramic Suite/Motu Overwater Bungalow/Superior Garden/Superior Lagoon/Panoramic Garden (King)/ Panoramic Lagoon Room (King) – 2 adults/1 child, Superior Lagoon Overwater Bungalow – 2, Panoramic Lagoon Room (Queen)/Panoramic Garden Room (Queen) – 3 adults/1 child, Lagoon Overwater Bungalow – 2 adults/2 children, Motu Overwater Villa – 4 adults/1 child.

Distances: Beachfront, Faa’a Airport 2km.

View a sample Tahiti travel package.

interconti papeete hotel

Tahiti la Ora Beach Resort managed by Sofitel – 4 star   

The Tahiti la Ora Beach Resort can be found on one of Tahiti’s beautiful white sandy beaches. And one of the many pleasures you will enjoy is being able to relax on the beach with a cocktail in hand. Tahiti has some of the world’s most beautiful sunsets, so this really is a great way to end the day. An á la carte menu and a huge selection of wines can be enjoyed at the Le Carré Restaurant. But if you are looking for a bit more informality, you can enjoy one of the many theme nights.  As far as dining goes, believe me, the buffets are large and varried. And you can be assured of flavour sensation at the La Plantation Restaurant.

Some folks who just want to chill out when they first arrive, can enjoy the large outdoor swimming pool or play a game of table tennis. For something a little more energetic, why not indulge in a game of beach volleyball. But of course, for a bit of pampering, you can take advantage of the resort’s in-room massage. Once you start to explore, it won’t take you long to discover the surrounding lagoon – nature’s playground for kayaking and snorkeling.

Each room of the Tahiti la Ora Beach Resort is spacious – bask in the gorgeous views of either the blue lagoon or tropical gardens.

Property Features:

Free Wi-Fi (common areas), Art studio, Pool, Restaurants (2), 24 hour room service, Bars (2), Day spa, Beach volleyball, Use of snorkelling equipment and kayaks, Tennis court, Laundry service, 24 hour reception.

Room Features: Air-conditioning, Balcony, Tea/coffee making facilities, Mini bar, Cable TV, In-room movies (pay to view), Docking station, Hair dryer, Safe.

Children: 0 to 15 years – 1 child free when sharing with an adult and using existing bedding.

Max Capacity: Standard/Deluxe Garden/Partial Ocean View/Deluxe Ocean View/ Overwater Bungalow/Panoramic Ocean Front/Junior Suite/1 Bedroom Suite/ Presidential Suite.

Distances: Beachfront, Faa’a Airport 10km.

View a sample Tahiti travel package.

Resort options – Bora Bora Hotels

Yet again, the minute you walk off your aircraft onto the Tarmac, you will be serenaded by the smiling locals. The Tahitians are very good at putting out the ‘welcome mat’. Their smiles are infectious and staff are incredibly helpful. In fact, the whole process only takes about 20 minutes. Yet another stunning part Tahiti accommodation options are available on Bora Bora.

InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa – 5 star   

The InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa place a lot of emphasis on being eco-friendly. This lovely resort is located between the ‘two hearts’ of Motu Piti Aau, a coral island on the barrier reef. There is definitely a spacious and contemporary feel here.  Each overwater bungalow features various touches of traditional Polynesian design. A sense of elegance and luxury is evident throughout this resort. Not to be missed is their renowned Deep Ocean Spa. And of course there are countless outdoor activities such as water sports.  However, there is a strong emphasis on cultural activities.

Includes: Full breakfast daily. Property Features: Pool, Restaurants (3), Bar, 24 hour room service, Deep Ocean Spa (day spa), Tennis court, 24 hour reception.

Room Features: Air-conditioning, Fan, Balcony, Tea/coffee making facilities, Cable TV, DVD player. Children: 0 to 14 years – free when sharing with an adult and using existing bedding. Max Capacity: Emerald Overwater Villa/Sapphire Overwater Villa/Diamond Overwater Villa/Diamond Otemanu Overwater Villa/Diamond Overwater End of Pontoon/Pool Overwater Villa – 3 adults or 2 adults/2 children. Other room types also available.

Distances: Beachfront, Motu Mute Airport 15km. Getting There from Motu Mute Airport: By launch transfer to the resort. Ask your travel agent for details.

View a sample Bora Bora travel package.

Four Seasons Bora Bora – 5 star   

For sheer drama, the landscape here really does deliver. The luxurious Four Seasons Bora Bora faces out towards the volcanic peaks of Mount Otemanu and Mount Pahia. In direct contrast, you can also enjoy the sight of white sand beaches and emerald waters. This Four Seasons offer 92 overwater bungalows – and they are all very generously designed. If space is important to you, then you will love their traditional teak furnishings and high ceilings . In addition, they do have eight slightly larger overwater bungalows, each with their own private plunge pool. If you want to maintain your fitness, you can use the resort’s gym.

Property Features:

But for sheer pampering, you can’t go pass their holistic spa. In fact, the spa is quite large, with nine treatments rooms and a dazzling pool. There are multiple restaurants and bars to choose from. For those travellers with children, you will be pleased to know that there are indoor/outdoor activities arranged just for them. Both Couples and families will enjoy this resort.

Includes: Full breakfast daily. Property Features: Pool, Spa (heated), Restaurants (2), Bars (2), Day spa, Fitness centre, Use of kayaks and windsurfing equipment, Tennis court, Games room, Kids club (4-12 years) operating year round, Laundry service, 24 hour reception, Non smoking rooms.

Room Features: Air-conditioning, Fan, Balcony, Mini bar, Tea/coffee making facilities, Butler service, In-room movies (pay to view), Cable TV, Ironing facilities, Hair dryer, Safe. Children: 0 to 12 years – free when sharing with an adult using existing bedding.

Max Capacity: 1 Bedroom Mountain View Overwater Bungalow/1 Bedroom Beach View Overwater Bungalow/1 Bedroom Lagoon View Overwater Bungalow/ 1 Bedroom Overwater Suite with Pool/1 Bedroom Otemanu Overwater Bungalow/1 Bedroom Beachfront Villa Estate – 3 adults/1 child, 2 Bedroom Deluxe Beachfront Villa/2 Bedroom Premier Beachfront Villa – 5, Herenui 2 Bedroom Overwater Suite with Pool/Poerava 2 Bedroom Overwater Suite with Pool – 6.

Distances: Beachfront, Motu Mute Airport 8km. Getting There from Motu Mute Airport: By launch transfer to the resort. Ask your travel agent for details.

View a sample Bora Bora travel package.

One of tahiti accommodation options with Hilton Moorea Overwater Bungalows

Conrad Bora Bora Nui – 5 star   

If you dream of turquoise waters, then the Conrad Bora Bora Nui is a great choice. And for a contrasting landscape, there is none better – you will get the ocean blues, white sand and for a bit of drama, black lava rock. Being nestled in a cove, you will definitely get an idyllic escape from the busy pace of everyday life. You will find a combination of Polynesian tradition with state-of-the-art amenities – perfect for rejuvenation in absolute style.

Being surrounded by sweeping views of the lagoon, you can indulge your taste buds at the resort’s signature restaurant, Iriatai. Or if you feel inclined, go for something more casual beachside at the Tamure Grill Restaurant. All of these services will be at your own convenience. So if you want an al fresco massage treatment at the Hina Spa, you can book any time of the day or night.

Property Features:

Includes: Full breakfast daily. Property Features: Pool, Spa, Restaurants (3), Bars (3), Resort boutique, 24 hour room service, Hina Spa (day spa), Fitness centre, Library, DVD library.

Room Features: Air-conditioning, Fan, Balcony, Tea/coffee making facilities, Coffee pod machine, Mini bar, Cable TV, DVD player. Children: 0 to 12 years – up to 2 children free when sharing with an adult and using existing bedding. Max Capacity: Lagoon View Suite/Garden Villa/Beach Pool Villa/Overwater Villa/ Deluxe Overwater Villa/Pool Overwater Villa/Royal Pool Overwater Villa/Horizon View Villa – 3 adults or 2 adults/2 children, Presidential Overwater Villa – 4 adults/ 2 children.

Distances: Beachfront, Motu Mute Airport 6km. Getting There from Motu Mute Airport: By launch transfer to the resort. Ask your travel agent for details.

The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort – 5 star   

For sheer exclusivity, the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort has to be one of the most premium island accommodations in the region. So you can expect and receive a first class experience with pretty much everything included. So start your day snorkelling in the resort’s private lagoon – or just relax by the adults-only Oasis Pool in your own private cabana.

An absolute world-beater, is the choice of spa treatments you get at the Miri Miri Spa. The spa is situated on its very own islet in a turquoise lagoon. In the late afternoon relax with a cocktail at the Aparima Bar, before enjoying a delicious meal at one of the resort’s restaurants.

Property Features:

Includes: Full breakfast for 2 adults daily. Property Features: Butler service, Pools (2), Restaurants (4), 24 hour room service, Bars (2), Miri Miri Spa by Clarins (day spa), Boutique, Fitness centre, Tennis court, Kids club (5-12 years) on request (free).

Room Features: Air-conditioning, Terrace, Fan, Tea/coffee making facilities, Mini bar, DVD player, Cable TV, Hair dryer, Safe, Ironing facilities, Bathrobes, Outdoor shower. Children: 0 to 12 years – free when sharing with an adult and using existing bedding.

Max Capacity: 1 Bedroom Garden Suite with Pool/1 Bedroom Overwater Premier Whirlpool Suite – 3, 1 Bedroom Beach Front Suite with Pool/1 Bedroom Overwater Superior Lagoon View Suite/1 Bedroom Overwater Deluxe Island View Suite/1 Bedroom Overwater Royal Suite with Pool – 3, 2 Bedroom Garden Suite with Pool/2 Bedroom Overwater Royal Suite with Pool – 6, 3 Bedroom Royal Estate Presidential Suite – 9.

Distances: Beachfront, Motu Mute Airport 7km. Getting There from Motu Mute Airport: By launch transfer to the resort. Ask your travel agent for details.

View a sample Bora Bora travel package.

Moorea Hotels as part of Tahiti accommodation options

Sofitel Moorea la Ora Beach Resort – 5 star   

By now, you have probably realise that all these lovely resorts are located on beautiful beaches – and the Sofitel Moorea la Ora Beach Resort is no exception. You will get views that stretch beyond the sparkling lagoon over to the lush green of Tahiti. The Sofitel Moorea resort is one of Moorea’s most luxurious and offers a wide choice of 113 bungalows. Your  bungalow sits either overwater, on the beachfront, or in the Garden. As with all these resorts, you can enjoy many watersports which are organised by the resort. And let us not forget what the Sofitel Moorea offers by way of spa treatments.

When it comes to food, don’t forget to dine at the gastronomic restaurant ‘K’ – the setting is amazing. How about sampling a refined dining experience, just the two of you – down by the beach – how romantic is that!

Property Features:

Includes: Full breakfast daily, Mini bar replenished daily.

Property Features: Pool (infinity), Restaurants (2), Bars (2), 24 hour room service, Day spa, Watersports and activities centre, Bicycle hire, Guest laundry.

Room Features: Air-conditioning, Fan, Tea/coffee making facilities, Mini bar, Coffee pod machine, Cable TV, Hair dryer, Safe. Children: 0 to 11 years – 1 child free when sharing with an adult and using existing bedding.

Max Capacity: Luxury Garden/Superior Lagoon View/Luxury Beach/Superior Overwater – 3, Superior Horizon Overwater/Luxury Overwater/Luxury Horizon Overwater – 2.

Distances:
Beachfront, Moorea Airport 2km, Port of Vaiare 3.2km.

View a sample Moorea travel package.

Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa – 5 star   

You will be pleased to know that the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa sits between two bays on the heartshaped island of Moorea. It is also set against a beautiful mountain backdrop and a crystal clear lagoon. For a pure nature experience, take a wander through the resort’s lush gardens. Snorkel the lagoon and discover the most colourful tropical fish. Enjoy a cocktail at sunset at the overwater Toatea Creperie & Bar. Afterwards, get a taste of French Polynesian cuisine at the Arii Vahine restaurant. Feel totally at home in your stylish bungalow. Just kick back and enjoy the contemporary Polynesian-style furnishings and of course, the gorgeous views.

Property Features:

Includes: Full breakfast daily, Mini bar replenished daily.

Property Features: Pool, Restaurants (3), Bars (3), Room service, Day spa, 24 hour reception, Tennis courts (2), Fitness centre, Resort boutique, Laundry/dry cleaning service.

Room Features: Free Wi-Fi, Air-conditioning, Fan, Balcony, Tea/coffee making facilities, Mini bar, DVD player, Docking station, Cable TV, Ironing facilities, Hair dryer, Safe.

Children: 0 to 14 years – up to 2 children free when sharing with an adult and using existing bedding.

Max Capacity: Garden Pool Bungalow/Deluxe Garden Pool Bungalow/Lagoon Bungalow/Overwater Bungalow/Panoramic Overwater Bungalow/Premium Panoramic Overwater Bungalow – 3, Garden Pool Suite – 3 adults/2 children.

Distances:
Beachfront, Moorea Airport 14km, Port of Vaiare 18km.

View a sample Moorea travel package.

Hilton Moorea resort hotel - one of many tahiti accommodation options

InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa – 4 star   

At the Intercontinental Moorea Resort, there are scenic mountains and a tropical lagoon to look at. The Resort & Spa is set on 27 acres of lush gardens – which is great for nature lovers. Although there are two infinity pools, you might want to make your way across the lagoon for some kayaking.  With the use of hi-tech snorkeling equipment, you will get to see the most amazing sea life.

For the more energetic traveller, try your hand at a game of volleyball and tennis – hire a bike or work out at the fitness centre. However everyone likes a bit of rejuvenation after a day’s activity. You can get all the pampering you want at the resort’s renowned Helene Spa. For something out of the ordinary, take a short swim up to the bar from the pool or relax on a poolside lounger. A glass of chilled wine will taste so good at the  Motu Iti Bar – such a cosy and intimate atmosphere. This resort offers 144 elegant rooms and suites with views of either the garden or lagoon.

Property Features:

Includes: Full breakfast daily.

Property Features: Pools (2), Restaurants (3), Bars (2), Helene Spa (day spa), Fitness centre, Bicycle hire, Tennis courts (2), Resort shop, Guest laundry, 24 hour reception.

Room Features: Air-conditioning, Fan, Balcony, Tea/coffee making facilities, Mini bar, Cable TV, In-room movies (pay to view), Laundry.

Children: 0 to 14 years – free when sharing with an adult and using existing bedding. Max Capacity: Lanai Room/Lanai Room With View – 2, Beach Junior Suite/ Overwater Junior Suite – 3 adults or 2 adults/2 children.

Distances: Beachfront, Moorea Airport 25km, Port of Vaiare 28km.

Summary on Tahiti Accommodation Options

The Tahitian holiday experience is like no other. For sheer luxury, it is fair to say that Tahiti accommodation options really deliver.  It is the one place that travellers love for a very special premium experience. So what really makes Tahiti the perfect choice? One reason would have to be privacy is at a premium.  You will get to taste the romance that goes hand in hand with a Pacific Island Experience. Also, check out the best time to travel the South Pacific Islands.

Tahiti Accommodation Options with Moorea Sofitel Resort Breakfast on Canoe

Enjoy your time anywhere your are travelling to in French Polynesia!

Travel Trip Advisor Rarotonga

Rarotonga in the Cook Islands, is only 32 kilometres in circumference. That makes it the ideal place for exploring. And you can discover this magical island in so many ways. Hopping on a scooter is a big favourite for tourists. But you can also ride on the ‘island bus’, in a car or a jeep.

Avarua is the capital of the Cook Islands and is the main port for the Cook Islands. Here, you will be guaranteed of finding a tropical town bursting with energy. From shops, restaurants and cute cafes, there will be a style to suit you. And if you really love the nightlife, there will be so many bars to choose from.

Your choice, will largely depend on whether you like live bands, dance music or soft background jazz. But, there’s more! You will have so many options for water or land based activities. What this travel trip advisor Rarotonga blog will do, is to your key questions about this wonderful travel destination.

Important & travel trip advisor on Rarotonga

Day tours on Rarotonga

  • Storytellers Eco Cycle Tours: You can discover the real Rarotonga by taking a relaxing bike ride through the local villages. Also, cycling is a great way of seeing more with frequent stops. You will hear some enchanting legends and personal stories from the Cook Islanders themselves – they are such great storytellers. At the same time, you will be passing by magnificent. Indulge your passion for foraging – the tropical fruits of the island are ‘delish’. Bike your way through plantations. Departs: Mon, Wed, Fri at 8am Duration: 4 hours.
  • Sunset Cocktail Happy Hour Hop: This option is so much fun. As the sun begins to go down, just hop in the back of an electric tuk tuk and make your way to a beachside bar. There will be a local guide to give you handy hints on some of the best happy hour specials on offer. Grab an ice cold beer,  sip a Seabreeze or find out what goes into a Daiquiri. Departs: Daily from 4.30pm. Duration: 3 hours and 30 minutes

Sunset Cocktail Happy Hour Hop on Rarotonga - part of travel trip advisor rarotonga

 

View some travel package suggestions for Cook Islands.

Must see and do on Rarotonga

  • Explore Rarotonga – if you are looking for an authentic local vibe, then you will find it on Rarotonga. And the good thing is, you are able to discover so much by yourself.
  • Relax and unwind at the beach – Rarotonga has beautiful white sand beaches and there are plenty of them. You will find it hard to make a choice!
  • Visit the Saturday Market – the bustling market at Avarua is bound to thrill.  Here, you can stock up on souvenirs, handcrafts and local produce.
  • Take a Lagoon Cruise – Rarotonga is well known for its crystal-clear lagoons. And these lagoons are literally teeming with colourful sea life.
  • Speaking of lagoons, there is so much snorkelling and swimming that you can do.  Spend at least a day out on the water.
  • See a Cultural Show – these cultural shows are magic! Listen to the drums of the Cook Islands, then tuck in to a delicious traditional feast.
  • We guarantee you will not be able to resist the beat of the drums. Participation is definitely encourages. Who knows, you may even be invited to the stage.

travel trip advisor Rarotonga islands

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Travel tips for Rarotonga

  • Climate – A tropical maritime climate is typical of Rarotonga. Temperatures are very warm pretty much all year round. But because Rarotonga is made up of a group of islands, the weather can be changeable. However any showers that occur, are generally followed by clear blue skies.
  • Visa – A visa is not required by passport holders for stays up to 31 days. However, visitors must be able to produce a return or onward ticket.
  • Currency – The currency is in New Zealand Dollars. ANZ and Westpac Banks are located on Rarotonga – Wespac also has a branch in Aitutaki. There are 10 ATM’s dotted around Rarotonga plus 2 in Aitutaki.
  • Language – The local language is Cook Islands Maori. English is very widely spoken.
  • Clothing – No problem here. The dress code is definitely ‘island style’. However do bear in mind that brief clothing is only suitable for the beach. You will need to cover up a little more if you visit the town or villages. Do take a light sweater. It may in handy for cooler evenings for July and August.
  • Transport – Air Rarotonga flies regularly to the Northern and Southern group of the Cook Islands, with daily services to Aitutaki. On Rarotonga, a bus services operates around the island daily and is a good way to get around the island if you don’t want to drive. As another option, you can rent a car.
  • Dateline – If you arrive in Rarotonga from Auckland or Sydney, please note that you will be crossing the international dateline. That means you gain time for more fun!

rarotonga culture and people with your travel trip advisor rarotonga

Wine & Dine on Rarotonga

  • The Mooring: Dine on fresh fish that is caught daily. Enjoy homemade sauces to go with it. The Mooring is a popular café overlooking the stunningly beautiful Avana Harbour. You will have no problem recognizing the vibrant blue shipping container.
  • Vaima Restaurant and Bar: It will be best to make a reservation at this one.  Enjoy dining out on the beach. Vaima is known for its pacific cuisine. Can you think of anything better than watching the calm waves roll onto the beach!
  • Trader Jacks: Bar and restaurant provides great food, service, and drinks. You will be overlooking the Avarua Harbour and have a beautiful view while you dine.
  • Sails Restaurant and Bar: This restaurant is right in the heart of Muri Beach.

 

snorkellin off rarotonga

Summary travel trip advisor Rarotonga

Rarotonga gives the feeling of being one big holiday island. It offers such a relaxed atmosphere with everything switched to ‘Cook Islands time’. As the island is only 32 kms (about 20 miles) in circumference, you will find the journey along the main road (Ara Tapu) really easy. The maximum speed limit is 50kms/hr!

And you are never far from the purest blue lagoons. In fact, taking a journey around the island, is a pleasant experience. Therefore, to cover the whole island by scooter or car, will take you less than an hour. If you cycle around, it will take you around four hours – going at a leisurely pace with breaks.

Going inland, the volcanic peaks of Rarotonga are as high as 653 metres (2142ft). They do provide such a beautiful backdrop, being covered with lush tropical vegetation. Rarotonga’s dense interior is mainly uninhabited and hilly. Most of the population actually lives near the coast. For hikers, this is truly paradise. You can enjoy escorted cross-island treks. And if climbing is your thing, you can add that to your list of things-to-do.

Activities on Rarotonga are endless. Apart from snorkelling, you can also scuba dive, kite surf and paddle board. And let us not forget Mountain biking, game fishing, quad and buggy tours. Also at certain times of the year, you can go whale watching. Check out more options and information on the offical Cook Island tourism website.

Nightlife and dining is abundant and varied. There are many restaurants, cafés and bars around the island – all in locations that are very easy to access.

Happy travelling the South Pacific Islands!

Best time to Visit the Pacific islands

So when is the best time to visit the Pacific Islands? Travellers often want to combine their holiday to Australia and New Zealand with a stay on the islands. Those include Tahiti with Bora Bora and Moorea, the Cook Islands with Rarotonga and Aitutaki and Fiji Islands. But what is often forgotten, is that those travel destinations often have totally different weather patterns and seasons. With this in mind, read on about how to manage times and locations to make your South Pacific experience a real success.

south pacific islands map

Important facts  – the best time to visit the Pacific Islands

Travel Seasons South Pacific

The South Pacific is located in the Southern Hemisphere. Therefore, the seasons are reverse to the northern part of planet Earth. But, here in the South Pacific, we have rainy & cyclone seasons as well as dry seasons. In fact the ‘winter’ season in the Pacific Islands is the ‘dry season’ and the best time to visit! For New Zealanders, it is the peak season to travel to the Pacific Islands.  So it definitely pays to book early early!

Best time to travel Tahiti: May – October

For Tahiti, their dry season is between May to October.  That means there is less humidity –  and the temperatures are very pleasant between 20-25 degrees Celsius (68 – 77 Fahrenheit). That is July is such a popular month in which to hold numerous Polynesian festivals. So if you are after an energetic vibe, July would be a great month to visit.
Wet season: November – April + Dry season: May – October

Water temperatures average for Tahiti:

average water temperatures for tahiti

View some travel package suggestions for Tahiti with Bora Bora and Aitutaki.

Time to visit the Cook Islands – (Rarotonga and Aitutaki): late April – October

Winter in Rarotonga is dry. The temperature of the water is still very pleasant. The steady daytime temperatures are consistently good with far less humidity. However, the evenings will be cool so pack a few heavier layers of clothing. If you want to combine your trip with New Zealand, the best months are April and May – September and October.
Wet season: November – April + Dry season: May – October

Average weather chart Cook Islands:

temperature chart cook islands in fahrenheit

View some travel package suggestions for Cook Islands.

When to travel Fiji islands: October – November

Now with the Fiji Islands, pretty the climate is pretty much the same, all year-round.  But the weather in October to early November will be warm, dry and consistent. It is at this time, that you will find far fewer people around and cheaper fares.  The rainy season is far more likely to occur between May and September. If you can handle the odd shower, October and November are ideal months for a holiday.
Wet season: November – April + Dry season: May – October

Average rainfall chart for Nadi/ Fiji:

average rain fall for fiji

Note, there are other South Pacific travel locations, such as Samoa, Tonga, Nuie or Vanuatu. They all have a very similar weather/ season pattern as stated above.

View some travel package suggestions for Fiji Islands.

Fiji - Yasawa Island Blue Lagoon Caves

Travel Seasons South Pacific

Peak travel season – Jun–Aug & Dec–Jan: these are the times when many islanders living abroad will return home to visit their families. International travellers also visit between June and August. Naturally Christmas time is always a popular holiday season. So it is essential that you book your flights and accommodations early (6-8 month ahead).

Shoulder travel season – May & Sept: humidity and temperatures are pleasant. Winds are lower. This is the perfect time to combine a visit with Australia and New Zealand. For example, many travellers like to visit New Zealand, then spend a few night enroute on Fiji, the Cook Islands or Tahiti. Again, you will need t book international flights and accommodations early!

Low travel season – Feb–Apr & Oct–Nov: this is the time of the year when you can expect hot temperatures and high humidity. Keen on diving? Then be aware that visibility will be reduced because of heavy rain. It is at these times that international travellers opt to include Australia and New Zealand. So it is vital that travellers choosing to do this, need to arm themselves with the facts. And why? Because although the Pacific Islands are warm all-year round, New Zealand and some parts of Australia are not!

Leisure Tahiti Paddle boarding

What clothing to take for the South Pacific

As stated, the Pacific Islands will be warm for all seasons. Therefore, light and casual clothing is suitable for your island experience. That means taking a light sweater for cooler evenings. If you are staying at upmarket resorts, it would pay to take ‘casual smart’ clothing for dinner – they are often stylish events. Keep in mind that when it comes to brief attire, the towns and villages are conservative. Nude or topless sunbathing is a no-no. A respectable standard of dress is required for church services.Of course, the absolute essentials, are sun glasses, sun hats and sun block. View helpful travel suggestions.

Moorea Sofitel Resort Breakfast on Canoe

Summary on best time to visit the Pacific Islands

In summary, the most popular time to visit the South Pacific is between mid April and late September. During this time you can be assured of getting pleasant temperatures – and the water visibility is good. You will have so many options – from lazing on white sandy beaches, diving beneath the waves, to going inland to explore. For those ‘winter’ month the humidity drops, so outside activities are more pleasant. If you are travelling between the peak ‘winter’ season (best time for the islands in June and July) you must plan well ahead. Temperatures climb during the summer months (November to April). It does become very hot and sticky with brief afternoon downpours. Often smaller offshore islands receive less rainfall than the main islands. View travel distances and locations maps for the Pacific Islands.

Happy travelling the South Pacific Islands!

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