It all depends on what type of weather that suits you, your holiday budget, and the activities you hope to partake on your visit. Applying all three of these factors, the best times to visit Bora Bora is during the shoulder season, which is November and April. This time of the year is best because weather-wise you’ll be between season and can still enjoy the best of the island’s weather; and budget-wise you won’t have to spend as much compared to that in peak season.
May to October travel period is considered peak season when the island sees the highest number of crowds. This is because it coincides with the dry season when Bora Bora welcomes refreshing sea breezes. Late September is the full moon period which offers mesmerising views as the sun heightens the islands and the moonlight sets a dramatic backdrop to the mountains. The lagoons are amazing as they reflect the sun and moon, giving off the most indescribable glitter from the surface of the waters.
November and April are the shoulder seasons. The crowds are not as packed and the weather is still enjoyable just before the wet/dry season kicks in. You’ll find that Bora Bora resorts may start promoting some good deals around this time too. The key event during this month is the Hawaiku Nui Va’a held in November.
December to March is the low season in Bora Bora and is the height of the wet season, with February and March being the hottest months. The weather is unpredictable with sunshine one minute and sudden downpours the next. Since Bora Bora has a micro-climate, it could be raining where you are but sunny on the other side of the island.
However, there is plenty of clear skies in between, and it’s this inconsistent weather that makes the island quiet and ideal if you’re looking for bargains. Bora Bora resorts and hotels are at their cheapest during this time. You’ll find that you have more choices of resorts to choose from at lower prices and if you’re lucky you might even get an upgrade! The key events during this period include the Bora Bora Liquid Festival help in December.
Your first visit to Bora Bora is an important one and first impressions do count. That said, Bora Bora is best experienced in the dry season, with clear blue skies that make the lagoons even more majestic than it is. The waters are also better for water activities and you won’t be spending your time covered in mosquito bites as you would in the more humid and rainy season.