The best times to visit Nuku Hiva for ideal weather are

October 1st to October 21st

or

December 10th to December 30th

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.

 

 


Other Nuku Hiva Travel Info

Weather in Nuku Hiva

Temperature

Average temperatures in Nuku Hiva vary barely at all. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot all year with a chance of rain throughout most of the year. The area is far less temperate than some — in the bottom 1 percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Nuku Hiva, the hottest months are March, April, and then February. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late March where highs are regularly around 89.9°F (32.2°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 75.2°F (24°C) at night.

Nuku Hiva Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Nuku Hiva Temperatures (Celsius)

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“Feels-Like” Temperatures

The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

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Average Nuku Hiva Temperatures by Month

Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 88.4 79.8 73.5
Feb 89.3 80.2 73.8
Mar 89.6 80.7 74.7
Apr 88.9 80.5 74.8
May 87.5 79.3 73.9
Jun 85.6 78.4 73.2
Jul 84.5 78 72.8
Aug 84.8 77.6 72.3
Sep 85.8 78.3 72.8
Oct 87.6 78.6 72.5
Nov 88.2 79.4 73.2
Dec 88.4 79.8 73.6

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 31.3 26.6 23.1
Feb 31.8 26.8 23.2
Mar 32 27.1 23.7
Apr 31.6 26.9 23.8
May 30.8 26.3 23.3
Jun 29.8 25.8 22.9
Jul 29.2 25.6 22.7
Aug 29.3 25.3 22.4
Sep 29.9 25.7 22.7
Oct 30.9 25.9 22.5
Nov 31.2 26.3 22.9
Dec 31.3 26.6 23.1

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Nuku Hiva are December, January, and then February. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early to mid October. For example, on the week of October 8th there is 1 day of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late May with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of May 21st.

When can you find snow in Nuku Hiva? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

Chance of Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Nuku Hiva.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Nuku Hiva (in).

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Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 21% 0 2.9
Feb 22% 0 2.7
Mar 26% 0 4.1
Apr 28% 0 4
May 30% 0 5
Jun 27% 0 4.4
Jul 31% 0 4.5
Aug 27% 0 3.4
Sep 23% 0 2.9
Oct 27% 0 3.4
Nov 27% 0 4
Dec 19% 0 3

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 21 0 7.4
Feb 22 0 6.9
Mar 26 0 10.4
Apr 28 0 10.2
May 30 0 12.7
Jun 27 0 11.2
Jul 31 0 11.4
Aug 27 0 8.6
Sep 23 0 7.4
Oct 27 0 8.6
Nov 27 0 10.2
Dec 19 0 7.6

 

Humidity and Wind

Nuku Hiva has some very humid months, and above average humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is January (66.9% relative humidity), and the most humid month is June (73.3%).

Wind in Nuku Hiva is usually calm. The windiest month is September, followed by January and July. September’s average wind speed of around 6.9 knots (7.9 MPH or 12.7 KPH) is considered “a light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early to mid January where average top sustained speeds reach 15.1 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Nuku Hiva.

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Wind

The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

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Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

Month Avg. Wind Avg. Wind Feel Sustained High Wind High Wind Feel
Jan 6.3 Light breeze 14.1 Significant breeze
Feb 6 Light breeze 13.9 Significant breeze
Mar 5.5 Light breeze 12.2 Significant breeze
Apr 5.2 Light breeze 11.8 Significant breeze
May 4.8 Light breeze 10.8 Significant breeze
Jun 5.4 Light breeze 11.6 Significant breeze
Jul 6.3 Light breeze 12.1 Significant breeze
Aug 6.1 Light breeze 12.6 Significant breeze
Sep 6.9 Light breeze 13.2 Significant breeze
Oct 5.7 Light breeze 12.7 Significant breeze
Nov 5.8 Light breeze 12.8 Significant breeze
Dec 6 Light breeze 13.4 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 66.9%
Feb 68.4%
Mar 70.5%
Apr 71.9%
May 73.3%
Jun 73.3%
Jul 72%
Aug 71.6%
Sep 69.1%
Oct 69.3%
Nov 68.6%
Dec 67.1%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Nuku Hiva?

Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are no travel advisories or warnings for French Polynesia; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Aug 22, 2019.


 

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia is January, followed by February and June. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Nuku Hiva in October. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month

 

Most Popular Months to Visit

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Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 53.8 in October means 53.8% of the tourists vs. January.

 

 

Overall Nuku Hiva Travel Experience by Season

Fall (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 89.8°F (32.1°C) and 85.9°F (29.9°C) with similar temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 8 to 9 days of significant precipitation per month. Fall is fairly slow for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.

Winter (June through August)

The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the most precipitation with 8 to 10 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Nuku Hiva, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.

Spring (September through November)

Spring daily highs range from 88.6°F (31.4°C) and 85.4°F (29.7°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 7 to 8 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.

Summer (December through February)

Weather is perfect this time of year in Nuku Hiva to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 89.9°F (32.2°C) and 87.9°F (31.1°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 6 to 7 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.

 

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