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The Philippines are most popular during the dry season, between November and April. At this time the country is fully accessible, including its many beautiful islands and more remote areas. Temperatures are high during March and April, so it’s best to travel during the cooler months of December to February. The wet season falls between May and October, but the rain isn’t constant and rarely impacts on travel plans. You’ll still enjoy hot, sunny days at this time, fewer crowds and lush, green scenery. The shoulder months of May and November can represent good value for money – you’ll miss the crowds, the weather’s still pleasant and flights will be cheaper than during the high season. The weather can be unpredictable in the Philippines, and typhoons can sometimes occur as early as August or as late as January.

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Philippines Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Banaue & Northern Luzon 24°C 45mm 25°C 27mm 26°C 78mm 27°C 129mm 27°C 231mm 26°C 249mm 25°C 326mm 25°C 376mm 25°C 315mm 25°C 255mm 25°C 266mm 24°C 114mm
Bohol & Panglao Island 30°C 133mm 30°C 99mm 31°C 92mm 32°C 70mm 33°C 99mm 32°C 159mm 32°C 142mm 32°C 128mm 32°C 139mm 32°C 197mm 31°C 222mm 31°C 151mm
Boracay 29°C 152mm 30°C 74mm 31°C 51mm 32°C 67mm 33°C 264mm 32°C 334mm 31°C 614mm 31°C 506mm 31°C 440mm 31°C 448mm 30°C 387mm 29°C 253mm
Cebu 30°C 104mm 30°C 80mm 31°C 59mm 33°C 65mm 33°C 115mm 32°C 175mm 32°C 191mm 32°C 162mm 32°C 174mm 32°C 193mm 31°C 166mm 31°C 122mm
Manila 30°C 16mm 31°C 7mm 32°C 11mm 34°C 23mm 34°C 124mm 32°C 268mm 31°C 387mm 31°C 431mm 31°C 335mm 31°C 192mm 31°C 133mm 30°C 64mm
Palawan 31°C 41mm 31°C 21mm 32°C 35mm 33°C 46mm 32°C 153mm 31°C 175mm 31°C 192mm 31°C 197mm 30°C 203mm 31°C 227mm 31°C 234mm 31°C 165mm
Southern Luzon 27°C 46mm 28°C 24mm 29°C 30mm 31°C 50mm 30°C 199mm 29°C 293mm 28°C 446mm 27°C 451mm 28°C 356mm 28°C 240mm 28°C 203mm 27°C 128mm

Month-by-month guide to travelling in the Philippines

Enroute from Manila to Banaue

Visiting the Philippines in October

By the end of the month, most of the rains should have dispersed; however, there is still a chance of typhoons, and for this reason it may be best to travel at the end of the month or in early November.

Events & Festivals

  • Ibalong (third week of October): Throughout Bicol and Legaspi, epic dances and street presentations portray Bicol’s mythical superheroes and gods.
  • Kansilay (19th October, or closest weekend): A modern festival in Silay, Negros Occidental commemorating Silay’s charter day. Eating and drinking contests, beauty pageants and an elaborate street parade all take place.
  • Lanzones Festival (third week of October): A vibrant and good-natured outdoor party in Lambajao, Camiguin, giving thanks for the island’s crop of lanzones (a tropical fruit).
  • MassKara (third week of October): A festival in Bacolod featuring food fairs, mask-making contests and brass-band competitions, followed by a mardi-gras parade where revellers don elaborate masks and dance to Latin rhythms Rio de Janeiro-style.

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