You have decided to travel to the Philippines, but now you are wondering, what’s the best time to visit. Weather may be an issue, and if you have been reading about rainy and dry seasons from other travellers, you are probably worried that you can only travel during the rainy season months, or you are trying to decide when to book your tickets so that you can enjoy the sun at the beach.
The Philippines is a rather large archipelago with 5 different climate zones. Generally speaking, there is rainy season in the (northern hemisphere) summer months (May/June to September/October) and a dry season the remaining months.
It is important, however, to note that, being a tropical country, weather is quite unpredictable and neither the rainy season brings constant rainfall or dry season is completely dry. It would be safe to say that dry season brings less rain rather than no rain at all.
Also, don’t let the weather be a deterrent to your holiday plans, and know, that while it may be raining in Palawan, and western and central Visayas, it may very well be dry and sunny on the east coast of the country. Teak season in many of the destinations in the country may vary. If for example you are planning to visit during the summer months, and weather is an issue, you may want to avoid the very popular El Nido, Port Barton and Coron altogether, and head over to Southern Leyte and Siargao (unless you are looking for the best waves).
Places like Sagada, Banaue, Manila, Bicol, Mindoro, Panay, Cebu and Bohol are also some of the places that are affected by the rainy season, but this could be a great opportunity to discover some of the less travelled destinations. You may have seen a lot less from these places on Instagram, but know that this is only because a lot less people go there and not because they are less beautiful.
Typhoons are one more reason for which you may be having doubts regarding dates and itinerary. The months where most will agree to be the typhoon season months are July to October, but again, tropical weather and climate change make this more of a guide and it is not strange to have storms hit the islands all the way to January.
There are a number of degrees to these storms, and as much as some have been deadly, your best weapon to stay safe is awareness and good reliable information.
If you were to be in an area affected by a typhoon, a good concrete structure, avoiding taking ferries and watching out for potential growing rivers and tides, should be more than enough.
PAGASA is the official agency that monitors weather in the Philippines, so if you are travelling to the Philippines, do keep an eye on their reports which can be found on their website or on their Facebook page.