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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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February is a wonderful time to visit the Philippines as the rainy season has long since passed and the slightly cooler temperatures make it easier to fully explore.

Alex, Southeast Asia Specialist

Philippines Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Banaue 75°F 2" 77°F 1" 79°F 3" 81°F 5" 81°F 9" 79°F 10" 77°F 13" 77°F 15" 77°F 12" 77°F 10" 77°F 10" 75°F 4"
Bohol & Panglao Island 86°F 5" 86°F 4" 88°F 4" 90°F 3" 91°F 4" 90°F 6" 90°F 6" 90°F 5" 90°F 5" 90°F 8" 88°F 9" 88°F 6"
Boracay 84°F 6" 86°F 3" 88°F 2" 90°F 3" 91°F 10" 90°F 13" 88°F 24" 88°F 20" 88°F 17" 88°F 18" 86°F 15" 84°F 10"
Cebu 86°F 4" 86°F 3" 88°F 2" 91°F 3" 91°F 5" 90°F 7" 90°F 8" 90°F 6" 90°F 7" 90°F 8" 88°F 7" 88°F 5"
Manila 86°F 1" 88°F 0" 90°F 0" 93°F 1" 93°F 5" 90°F 11" 88°F 15" 88°F 17" 88°F 13" 88°F 8" 88°F 5" 86°F 3"
Palawan 88°F 2" 88°F 1" 90°F 1" 91°F 2" 90°F 6" 88°F 7" 88°F 8" 88°F 8" 86°F 8" 88°F 9" 88°F 9" 88°F 6"
Southern Luzon 81°F 2" 82°F 1" 84°F 1" 88°F 2" 86°F 8" 84°F 12" 82°F 18" 81°F 18" 82°F 14" 82°F 9" 82°F 8" 81°F 5"

Month-by-month guide to traveling in the Philippines

A jeepney, public transport used widely throughout the Philippines

Visiting the Philippines in September

You should expect heavy rainfall throughout September, as well as the possibility of typhoons. We would therefore advise against traveling at this time. 

Events & Festivals

  • Peñafrancia Fluvial Festival (third Saturday of September): A sacred statue of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, the patron saint of Bicol, is paraded through the streets of Naga, then sailed down the Bicol River back to its shrine.

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