The Best Time To Visit The Philippines

If you’re contemplating traveling around 7,000+ islands in the Philippines next year, chances are you’ve been asking yourself when the best time to visit is, and honestly, there really isn’t a bad time to visit, besides wet season. You can divide the year in half with six months being optimal (November – April) and the other six being months you may want to avoid (June – September), aside from shoulder season months like October and May. The temperatures never really fall below the 80 F (~27 C) so you can expect sunshine and white sand beach days a majority of the year here, primarily November through April. I traveled to the Philippines in the latter half of March and the weather was super hot and humid, but nothing intolerable, especially if you plan on participating in the popular water activities here like diving, snorkeling, and surfing. This guide is to give you a little insight on how the weather is for each month and it is primarily focused around the Visaya regions, however, I do talk about the Northern regions and which months you should avoid them. 

 

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The Philippine’s Weather Overview

– the weather does vary from year to year and region to region, so use this as a rough estimate and always check weather predictions before finalizing your plans –

Wet Season: June – October

Dry Season: November – April

High Season: January – April

Low Season: June – September

Driest Month(s): January/February

Wettest Month(s): July/August

Typhoon Season: July – October


 

The Best Month(s) To Travel The Philippines

Late November – April

 


 

January To December Monthly Overview + Weather Forecasts


January

excellent time to visit

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January is right in the heart of dry season with cooler temperatures and minimal rainfall. If you’re traveling in the Northern regions near Manilla, temperates might drop significantly lower than they would in the Visayas, so pack a lightweight jacket if you plan on trekking around this region. Meanwhile, in the Visayas region, lingering effects of the monsoon could be underway, so it’s worth packing a lightweight rain jacket or compact umbrella. Lingering monsoon effects are not guaranteed as it varies year to year, but January still makes one of the best months to visit.

 


 

February

excellent time to visit

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Sunshine and sea temperatures begin their rise again as we make our way into the Summer months of the Philippines. February is an optimal month for snorkeling, diving, and swimming as the waters begin to warm back up. These conditions are optimal for trekking around Northern Luzon, but it does continue to stay cooler in that region so pack accordingly. Crowds are few in February making it one of the quieter ‘good weather’ months to visit, so take advantage of those extra hours of sunshine.


March

excellent time to visit

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March rings the welcoming bell for the official Summer months of the Philippines, and, as you can probably guess, this month is a scorcher. Temperatures tend to stay in the lower thirties (aka really hot (~90’s) for all my readers in the United States), so lightweight clothing is going to be an absolute must during these months, and a quality sunscreen that protects the reefs and has broad-spectrum protection. The crowds here will multiply as they celebrate Holy Week, so make sure you book your accommodations in advance since they tend to sell out quickly in the summertime.


April

good time to visit

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April brings peak dive season, record high temperatures, and poppin’ humidity. April is a popular time to visit El Nido, Cebu, Siargao, and Bohol, and Holy Week may sometimes fall during a week this month, so prices may be inflated accordingly. This is the final month of the dry season, but that doesn’t mean that islands will be immune to occasional rainfall. However, like all islands do, most rainfall in this month will last a few hours and end to reveal another sunny day. Temperatures will continue to stay in the lower thirties and be paired with 80-90% humidity.


May

good time to visit

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If you dare thought May would bring cooler temperatures, think again because the stats are going to continue to rise into May, but there will be in a heavy increase in rainfall as the wet season begins. May is a shoulder season, so you’ll see cheaper prices and somewhat fewer crowds with the temperature gauge rising to almost mid-thirties. There is a chance that the monsoon can come early and you’ll experience heavier rainfall, but the weather is so unpredictable that there is no way to know 100%.  


 

June

okay time to visit

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Half of June will be in direct path of over 300mm of rainfall as the wet season commences. For all my fellow beach bums, you can still manage to lay out and get a tan in the Southern Visayas like Cebu since they will stay drier during this month but still expect some light rainfall here and there.  Rainfall will be its heaviest in the Northern regions of Luzon. The temperature is going to fall and stay around the upper 80’s, but the cooler rainfall will help bring some relief to the hotter weather.  


 

July

okay/poor time to visit

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While Luzon and other regions in the north experience heavy, heavy rainfall from the Southwest Monsoon, Cebu, Siargao, and Bohol remain relatively untouched, but this doesn’t make them immune to some spurts of rain, however, they rarely experience rain in these months. The number of rainfall days increases to around three weeks out of this month with temperatures staying consistently near the upper 80’s. Trekking around the North will be difficult, but there are endless adventures in the Southern Visayas, like surfing around Siargao, that you can visit and dodge the rainfall.  


 

August

poor time to visit

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Hello, typhoon season! Rough weather predictions soar to three weeks out of this month and over 426 mm of rain. Although it is typhoon season, you can still experience some high UV indexes throughout the month, and really every month in the Philippines, so bring extra sunscreen! Cebu and other islands in the Visayas aren’t safe from a heavy downpour, so it’s best to avoid traveling to those areas in these months, that is, unless you enjoy “pina coladas and getting caught in the rain”.  


 

September

poor time to visit

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The height of typhoon season kicks off in September, so expect rain, rain, and even more rain. There is heavy rain throughout the entire country which makes is not optimal at all for snorkeling, swimming, or diving. If you must travel here during this month, it would be best to dive into some cultural antics rather than a sun-bum vacation and indulge in a ton of incredible local food shops, gain a few pounds in the process, and maybe see some days of sunshine.  


 

October

okay time to visit

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Typhoon season slowly moves its way out of the region making late October a good time to visit after all the rain in August and September. There are still slight chances of rainfall, but they are more dispersed and not as intense as the middle of typhoon season (duh lol). The expected ‘rainy’ days shorten to two weeks out of this month, and the amount of rainfall is slashed in half to around 272mm. Temperatures remain steady in the upper 80’s.


November

good time to visit

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November welcomes the first month of the dry season, but it’s recommended to travel in the latter half of the month for optimal weather. November brings “cooler” weather and a lower percentage of humidity, which makes it a really nice time to visit. Occasional showers are likely, but the majority of days will be sun-filled. The best location to visit during this month would be Palawan and Coron since they have the best weather while other destinations like Cebu and Siargao will have moderately favorable weather but still some rain to look out for.  


 

December

good time to visit

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As we head into the dry season, and the holiday season, temperatures and humidity are going to drop slightly, but they’re still going to leave you jumping in the ocean to cool down. December is another popular time to visit the Philippines, so expect the tourism to pick back up from typhoon season. Water sports, like diving, pick back up as the waters clear and begin getting warmer, and you’re able to bank on their being perfect sunny days and lowered humidity.

 


Have you been to the Philippines in the wet or dry seasons? Share with me your favorite month to go in the comments below!

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Aaren

 

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