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Best Time to Travel to the South Pacific

It's a tropical playground year-round, but some months are sunnier than others.

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The islands of the South Pacific - which include Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, Fiji and the Cook Islands - are a tropical playground with balmy conditions year-round and average daytime temperatures in the 80s.

Still, there are two main seasons, summer and winter.

The ideal time to visit is during the clear, dry winter months of May to November when you can best enjoy the luxuries of your overwater bungalow in Tahiti or bure in Fiji as well as the islands' magical lagoons and all the activities on offer.

Resort rates and airfares do tend to be a bit higher at this time, and since summer and early fall are prime wedding season in North America, and the South Pacific is a popular honeymoon spot, anyone planning to visit the region from June to September should book airfares and accommodations well in advance. The region is also seeing an uptick in family travel, which means there's more demand for rooms in summers hen school is on hiatus.

During the off-season in the South Pacific, the more humid summer months of December to March, showers can be sporadic (typically late-afternoon and overnight) and there's usually plenty of sunshine. However, the South Pacific is subject to seasonal cyclones, which are most likely to occur from December to March.

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