The best times to visit Raiatea for ideal weather are
August 6th to September 2nd
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Raiatea Travel Guide
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Weather in Raiatea
Average temperatures in Raiatea vary very little. 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 2nd 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 Raiatea, 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 88.4°F (31.3°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 78.6°F (25.9°C) at night.
Raiatea Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Raiatea Temperatures (Celsius)
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.
Raiatea Perceived Temperature (F)
Raiatea Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Raiatea 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.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Raiatea are August, July, and then September. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid August. For example, on the week of August 13th there is 1 day of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early to mid January with an average of 4 days of significant precipitation the week of January 8th.
When can you find snow in Raiatea? 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 Raiatea.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Raiatea (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Raiatea has some very humid months, and above average humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is August (69.1% relative humidity), and the most humid month is January (74.1%).
Wind in Raiatea is usually moderate. The windiest month is September, followed by July and October. September’s average wind speed of around 10.4 knots (12 MPH or 19.3 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in mid January where average top sustained speeds reach 15.2 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Raiatea.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
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||9.2||Gentle breeze||13.5||Significant breeze|
|Feb||9.1||Gentle breeze||12.8||Significant breeze|
|Mar||9.1||Gentle breeze||12.7||Significant breeze|
|Apr||8.4||Gentle breeze||12||Significant breeze|
|May||8.8||Gentle breeze||12.1||Significant breeze|
|Jun||9.9||Gentle breeze||13.4||Significant breeze|
|Jul||10.4||Gentle breeze||13.7||Significant breeze|
|Aug||9.8||Gentle breeze||13.2||Significant breeze|
|Sep||10.4||Gentle breeze||13.9||Significant breeze|
|Oct||9.9||Gentle breeze||13.2||Significant breeze|
|Nov||8.4||Gentle breeze||12.6||Significant breeze|
|Dec||8.6||Gentle breeze||12.3||Significant breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Raiatea?
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 Raiatea, 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 Raiatea 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
Overall Raiatea Travel Experience by Season
Fall (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 88.4°F (31.3°C) and 86.2°F (30.1°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 least precipitation with 5 to 7 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Raiatea, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.
Spring (September through November)
Spring daily highs range from 87.3°F (30.7°C) and 84.4°F (29.1°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 Raiatea to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 88°F (31.1°C) and 86.5°F (30.3°C). On average, it rains or snows a very great amount: 11 to 16 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.