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Untouched forests, pristine white sand beaches, crystal waters filled with reefs, and diverse sea life: A South Pacific cruise offers the ultimate getaway from winters in both the northern and southern hemispheres.
The South Pacific with its warm, humid temperatures constantly hovering in the mid-'70s ℉ (low 20s ℃) - is a great destination at any time of the year. But don't let the humidity deter you, because of the constant, brisk sea breezes the humidity really isn't a problem. The most popular cruising season in the South Pacific is the dry season from May to October when the winter trade winds that blow steadily during this time bring delightful temperatures averaging between the 70-80 ℉ (21-27℃) daily.

The Dry Season (May-October)
  • High season
  • Less rainfall
  • Less humidity
  • Cooler temperatures
  • More travelers
The dry season is the best time to go on hikes with its photogenic colors and lack of rain. There are also a few festivals throughout the islands at this time, which can be a fun treat and is something to keep an eye on. Additionally, there are a ton of activities exclusively in the dry season, like swimming with humpback whales between July and October in the waters of Tonga and spotting dolphins in Fiji in August. Although you’ll probably be paying more for lodging and see more crowds, if you choose to come at this time, the sunshine is worth it.

The Wet Season (November-April)
  • Low season
  • Warmer temperature
  • More rainfall
  • Higher humidity
  • Tropical storm season (until late March)
  • Fewer travelers (discount pricing and more availability)
The austral summer, occurring from November to April, is a warmer and more humid wet season, and it is characterized by heavy rainstorms interspersed with extreme sunshine. In October, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, and Tahiti will be at their peak rain season while in November, the rains move towards Fiji and Tonga and the height of their wet season begins, it’s recommended to avoid these months. The real benefit of coming to the South Pacific during the wet season is the lodging will be cheaper because it’s the low season and you’re sure to see considerably fewer crowds. It is also important to keep in mind that tropical storm season is within the wet season, anywhere from November to the end of March, depending on the weather conditions of the year that you're traveling.

Trekking in the South Pacific
While the coastal temperatures remain balmy, remember that as you climb in elevation, temperatures drop. If you're planning an excursion up into the mountains, be prepared for chillier temperatures and it’s recommended that you travel during the dry season to avoid the rain. The advantage of hiking in the wet season is that the waterfalls are considerably more defined, offering great photo opportunities.

High Season vs. Low Season in the South Pacific
The South Pacific receives the most tourism during the dry season, which coincides with the July-August summer holiday in most northern hemisphere countries. The winter holiday between December and early February is also a busy time in the South Pacific. If you are hoping to avoid the crowds or plan your trip with a bit more flexibility, consider traveling during the shoulder season in October-November and February-April.

If you’re interested in taking a trip to the South Pacific, contact our travel experts at Adventure Life!

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