What is the Weather Like in Tonga in November?
November is the first month of the “wet season” in Tonga, but it isn’t as morbid as it sounds. In fact, many regular visitors consider November to be the best time to visit Tonga outside of the whale season due to its idyllic weather. Not only that, but the tourist crowds have gone, providing the financial and tranquil benefits of the low season. Find out more about the temperatures, rainfall and more in this guide to the Tonga weather in November!
5 Tips for Travelling Tonga in November
- Wanting to swim with whales? You’ve just missed the season! However, there’s still cultural activities, snorkelling, scuba diving, historical sightseeing and beachcombing to enjoy across the islands
- November 4th is Tonga’s National Day, which celebrates the King of Tonga’s adoption of its constitution in 1875. It’s a public holiday so expect shops and services to be closed on this day
- Pack insect repellent, as the mosquito activity starts to pick up in November and the wet season – see 10 Ways to Avoid Mosquito Bites in Tonga for tips
- Look out for cheaper airfares and accommodation deals during this low tourist season
- The UV levels are high in November, so be sure to apply high-factor reef-safe sunscreen often!
Typical Temperatures in November
With the official start of the summer season in Tonga, there is a slightly noticeable difference in rising temperatures, especially in the islands of Vava’u and the Niuas. While the air temperatures are not too extreme, the humidity adds to that warm tropical feeling. Maximum average temperatures are usually around 30°C / 86°F, while the minimum average is around 21°C / 70°F.
Temperatures Across Tonga
- Tongatapu & Nuku’alofa – The average maximum temperature is 28°C / 82°F and the minimum average temperature is 21°C / 70°F
- Vava’u – The average maximum temperature is 29°C / 84°F and the minimum average temperature is 22°C / 72°F
- Ha’apai – The average maximum temperature is 28°C / 82°F and the minimum average temperature is 23°C / 73°F
- ‘Eua – The average maximum temperature is 28°C / 82°F and the minimum average temperature is 21°C / 70°F
- The Niuas – The average maximum temperature is 30°C / 86°F and the minimum average temperature is 23°C / 73°F
Sea Temperature in November
Although Tonga has warm sea temperatures all year round, the average in November is around 25°C / 78°F.
Hours of Sun in November
Regular visitors to Tonga often say that November has some of the most idyllic weather, with long days of around 13 daylight hours combined with substation sunshine hours. Expect around 6 hours of bright sunshine each day.
UV Levels During November
The UV levels in November are the highest that Tonga experiences, making it essential to protect yourself from the sun. The UV level in November is typically 12 UV index around midday. Be sure to wear high-factor sunscreen and follow our advice in the 10 Best Environmentally-Friendly Sunscreens for Tonga.
Sunrise and Sunset During November
October has daylight hours lasting around 13 hours a day in Tonga.
- Sunrise – 5.58am at the beginning of November and 5.50am at the end of November
- Sunset – 6.51pm at the beginning of November and 7.08pm at the end of November
Learn more about the time zone in Tonga in What is the Tonga Time Zone?.
Rainfall in November
Although the wet season might have begun, November still experiences a minimal amount of rainfall days compared to the rest of the year. Only an average of 12 days experiences rainfall in November. However, the amount of rainfall starts to increase with heavier showers.
Tonga receives an average of 123mm / 4.8″ of rainfall in the month of November, with around 12 days out of November experiencing rain.
Average Rainfall Across Tonga
- Tongatapu & Nuku’alofa – The average rainfall in November is 123mm / 4.8″
- Vava’u – The average rainfall in November is 115mm / 4.5″
- Ha’apai – The average rainfall in November is 115mm / 4.5″
- ‘Eua – The average rainfall in November is 123mm / 4.8″
- The Niuas – The average rainfall in November is 230mm / 9.1″
Tropical Storms in November
The South Pacific cyclone season starts in November and ends in April. As the first month of the cyclone season, it’s a good idea to check cyclone alerts – learn more in How to Prepare for a Cyclone in Tonga.
Historically, cyclones have occurred in the South Pacific during November, such as Cyclone Sina. In November 1990, Cyclone Sina was a category 4 cyclone that brought down power cables and left the capital, Nuku’alofa, without power, as well as left minor damage to crops and weaker structures.
For other months that have a lower risk of cyclones in Tonga, consider travelling in June, July, August or September.
Best Places to Visit in Tonga in November
While there are no special events in Tonga in November, it’s a good time to visit some of the outer islands before the weather gets too unpredictable to make more secure overwater travel plans. A couple of amazing island groups worth visiting include…
Vava’u – While the tourist crowds have mostly disappeared, Vava’u is left with a peaceful ambience from the town of Neiafu to the idyllic islands surrounding the main hub. Relax at your boutique island accommodation, take a boat to amazing sea caves or try your luck on a sea fishing charter. Learn more about visiting Vava’u in The Complete Guide to Vava’u.
Ha’apai – The weather tends to be good and the crowds virtually non-existant on the islands of Ha’apai during November. Snorkel among vibrant reefs, take long walks on sweeping sandy beaches, visit highlights like the Tofua Volcano and bird sanctuary and much more. Check out more things to do in Ha’apai in The Complete Guide to Ha’apai.
November Packing List for Tonga
Be prepared for intense sun, heat, humidity and rain! Here are are a few more recommendations for your November packing list…
- High-factor (and reef-safe) sunscreen
- Light rain jacket
- Light and airy cotton layers
- Light pants/skirt (mainly to cover the skin in areas where you need to dress more modestly)
- Flip-flops or sandals
- Insect repellent
Get more packing ideas with The Complete Packing List for Tonga.