Tahiti is the largest island in French Polynesia, part of the Society Islands archipelago and found in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean. With unique black sand beaches, miles of spectacular coast, a huge range of green landscape to explore and a crown of mountain ranges, it’s a place to disconnect from the busy pace of life and find yourself again in nature, whether you spend your time relaxing beside the sea, hiking through the rainforest or enjoying the busy capital city of Papeete.
Reasons to visit Tahiti in July
- As one of the driest months of the year, you’ll experience some of Tahiti’s best weather in July
- The humidity in Tahiti in July is relatively low, so you can enjoy hiking through the island’s forests without any unbearable heat
- Tahiti’s biggest cultural event of the year takes place throughout July, giving you an excellent opportunity to join in the celebrations and learn more about local culture
Weather in Tahiti in July
The weather in Tahiti is warm and sunny all year round, but July is one of the best months to visit the island because there is a very low chance of rain. It will also be less humid at this time of the year, which is ideal if you’re wanting to explore the island and spend a lot of time outdoors during your holiday.
The average maximum temperature in Tahiti in July is around 28°C every day, creating the ideal climate for relaxing on the beach. This drops down to an average of about 20°C in the evenings and early mornings, which is still very pleasant if you’re planning on dining outdoors or taking a sunset walk along the beach.
The average temperature of the sea that surrounds Tahiti is 26°C, which is an ideal temperature for swimming in the water.
Clouds and Rainfall
July is one of the driest months of the year in Tahiti, with less than 7 days each month that will see a small amount of rainfall. Most days will see some cloud cover, but you’ll still get quite a lot of sunshine during your stay.
There are 11 hours of daylight each day in Tahiti, with the sun rising at 6.30 am and setting around 5.30 pm. There are usually 7 hours of bright sunlight each day within this, but even if the weather is cloudy it will still feel very warm.
Where to go in Tahiti in July
The islands of Tahiti are known for their brilliant array of waterfalls, and one of the most popular sites to visit is the Faarumai Waterfalls, also known as the Three Waterfalls or Les Trois Cascades. Situated on the northeast part of the island, these falls won’t be at their most spectacular during the dry season but are still definitely worth a visit if you’re looking for a picturesque spot in the rainforest to take a quick dip and cool off.
The Faarumai Waterfalls are only accessible on foot, but the first of the falls is only a five-minute walk from a nearby car park that can also be reached by public transport. Visiting all three falls requires a bit of a hike, but it’s a lovely and fairly easy route through the cool forest, which the weather in July is ideal for.
La Plage de Maui, or Maui’s beach, is one of the best beaches in Tahiti because it’s one of the only places with soft, white sand. Found on the south of the island, this spot can get quite busy so it’s best visited during the week instead of at the weekend, or early in the morning if you want to have the beach to yourself for a while.
It’s not only the white sand that makes Maui Beach a popular place to go in Tahiti; the nearby lagoon is incredibly clear and calm, making it a perfect spot for snorkelling. There is also a snack bar right by the beach that comes highly recommended by locals and tourists alike, so it’s certainly worth a visit despite the risk of crowds.
Things to do in Tahiti in July
Take a Coastal Road Trip
If you want the option to roam the island of Tahiti at your own pace and seek quieter spots for yourself, why not hire a car and hop on the 70-mile coastal road that circles the island. Note that driving in Tahiti can be a bit erratic, but if you’re content to just enjoy the scenery as you travel behind slow-moving cars then this won’t be a problem.
Driving around the coast of the island gives you the freedom to stop wherever you want, enjoying Tahiti’s famous black sand beaches that lead into the warm, blue ocean. Escape the bustle of Papeete as you drive to the eastern and southern parts of the island to see more of the country’s rural beauty and head off the beaten track to discover some of Tahiti’s hidden gems.
Dine at a Food Truck
Tahiti’s capital city of Papeete is famous for its roulottes or food trucks, which set up shop in the city’s main square in the evening and serve a variety of food throughout the evening. Here you can sample everything from Chinese cuisine to traditional Polynesian dishes like poisson cru (raw chunks of tuna served in coconut milk), with enough different options to suit every traveller’s tastes.
If you’re travelling on more of a budget then eating at Papeete’s food trucks is a fantastic dining option, as the portions are huge and costs are very reasonable. You’ll end up sitting with a mix of locals and other tourists as you enjoy the food, and the atmosphere in the square is always brilliant.
Crowds & costs
The hot and dry weather in July means that Tahiti is at its busiest during the month, and you can expect some of the highest prices for flights and accommodation by the second and third week. Holiday resorts in particular will be very crowded, so make sure that you book your holiday well in advance if you want to stay in a popular area. Those who want to avoid the crush should consider travelling right at the start of the month or staying on the southeast part of the island, which is a lot quieter than the north.
July festivals & events
Heiva i Tahiti
Heiva i Tahiti is part of the major Polynesian cultural event that takes place on the island of Tahiti throughout July and August, and is one of the biggest celebrations of the year in French Polynesia. The culmination of the event is a huge dance competition, where different troupes from across the country perform to try and win the title of the best Tahitian dance group.
The tradition of this festival was inspired by the cultural history of Polynesia, where traditional dance and entertainment were banned by King Pomare II of Tahiti, who had just converted to Christianity and wanted his people to do the same. This huge celebration of the island’s culture and their forms of self-expression is a protest against this time when it was not allowed, making it an event filled with excitement, enthusiasm and national pride.
Frequently asked questions about Tahiti in July
Is there a hurricane season in Tahiti?
The risk of hurricanes in French Polynesia, which Tahiti is part of, is at its highest between December and April, with an average of three to six hurricanes occurring during this time each year. Visiting in July however, your risk of encountering a hurricane is very low.
Is it safe in Tahiti?
Tahiti is a reasonably safe place to visit on holiday if you are a tourist. The only real problems you are likely to run into whilst you are on the island are pick-pocketing or petty theft, but other than that Tahiti is a very warm, welcoming and safe place to stay.
Tahiti is often thought of as a holiday destination for only the rich and famous, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Whether you’re visiting with your family, coming for a romantic break or travelling solo, Tahiti is full of different things to see and do whatever your budget or interests. You’re bound to fall in love with this island paradise the moment you arrive, particularly in July when the weather is blissful. Be warned before you travel – once you’ve visited Tahiti you’ll be desperate to return!