When to travel in the Philippines?

Heyo! This is Léah with an H and I am so happy that you are reading this article because it means that you are considering to visit soon my motherland.. the Philippines!

But you are lost between the opposing opinions: one advises you to travel this month but the other one doesn’t for meteorological reasons – So here you are, confused and perplexed, very hesitant to buy your tickets on those dates because above all it is a long journey (+10 000km from Paris), a budget and of course you want to enjoy your first trip to the Philippines in the best possible conditions!

No worries you are at the right place because not only I am half Filipino/Algerian born in Paris, France but I’ve travelled in the Philippines every single year since I am 5 years old and I lived there for almost a year, so let’s say that I really know the Philippines and that you can trust me, my friend!

Now, in order to help you prepare your next vacation, I am going to share with you all my travel tips and all the basic information about the best time to visit the Philippines!

I will talk about the weather, the hotel rates depending on the seasons and when to book cheap flights with our travel agency Visit-Philippines. So basically everything you need to know to make your first travel in the Philippines worth it and memorable!

Okay now let’s go!

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Perfect weather in Dumaguete – Manjuyod Sand Bar on March 2019!

How’s the weather in the Philippines?

 

First of all, weather in the Philippines is not that simple!

4 climate zones & 2 seasons: The Philippines has four distinct climate zone. Globally, it is a tropical climate that is for the most part hot and humid year-round, but can be roughly divided into a dry season and rainy season.

And, depending on which area you are, the climate will be drastically different! For instance, in Baguio City in North Luzon, the coldest city of the Philippines (10° to 20°)  –  you need to wear a jacket or even gloves whereas in Siargao, few kilometres away, it is warm and hot (25° to +30°)!

So in overall, the weather in the Philippines is not the same everywhere and throughout the year! 

Now, because I care about you and your next vacation, I made a personalised calendar for each destination I visited throughout the year. You are welcome! You can check them out when you click on the destinations 🙂 For example: For Cebu City, on the weather section, you’ll the weather forecast below

Cebu Weather Estimation

Best times to travel in the Philippines?

 

From my experience, here are the best seasons to visit the Philippines from the best to less good:

December 🎄💝: It is the month of celebrations with Christmas & New Year! Not only, the weather is great – not too hot or too cold and unlikely to rain – but you will experience & feel the Christmas spirit of the Philippines! As soon as you’ll step out of the airplane, you will be greeted by smiles, welcoming Filipinos, festive songs, and Christmas lights – the parols – and decorations! However, it is a high peak season. Many OFWs (= Overseas Filipino Workers) from the world come back home to visit their families they haven’t visited for years. So be prepared to see traffic, crowded malls (need to buy Christmas gifts) and higher hotel & local plane rates.

 

MANILA, PHILIPPINES: A vendor sits beside for sale colorful Christmas lanterns as church goers pass by to attend a traditional dawn mass in Manila 22 December 2003. AFP PHOTO ROMEO GACAD (Photo credit should read ROMEO GACAD/AFP/Getty Images)

 

January,February & March ❤️❤️❤️: In 2019, I travelled for the first time in the Philippines during those 3 months and… I LOVED IT! The weather was PER-FECT for travelling! Plus, there are less local & international tourists than usual so it is easier to take #instagram photos & videos! On February, I highly advice you to visit the rice terraces and mountains of North Luzon. You will be able to see high green rice fields! Plus, the weather was sunny & chill.
February is the “coldest” season of the year with temperatures around 20° to max 30°. Plus, the best thing is that in general people are either working or in school, thus touristic places are not THAT crowded comparing to the rest of the year.  And hello… February is Valentine’s Day, so best time to spend some quality time with your love one!

 

Green rice terraces in Banaue, Ifugao

April☀️☀️☀️: It is SUMMER VACATION in the Philippines & IT IS VERY (TOO?) HOT & DRY ! I think I’ve never felt this hot in my life… and I can tell because 1)  I couldn’t walk around without sweating 2) I kept staying inside malls to be in the AC and as an half-European I usually can’t bear AC! To give you an idea, temperates reach +35° in the city of Manila! Imagine that temperature + the pollution: hella hot. So my advice, take the plane, go to the beach and put sunscreen! PS: It is Holy Week from April 5 to 11, so many Filipinos either go back to their province (hello traffic) or travel around the country! So be ready for higher hotel & place fares and crowded beaches. Actually, I think Manila is the best place to be during Holy Week! There is less people and no traffic. On May and June, the temperatures stay high and it is mostly dry season.

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July/August/September ☀️🌧️🌈: It is officially the rainy season of the year! And at the same time, not really? I think the weather during those months are the less predictable ones of the year. I know that most of you may only have July & August to go on a summer vacation and you should definitely go! As I said in the intro, the weather in the Philippines can be different everywhere at the same time! It can rain in Manila but sunny in Palawan. True story: we were lucky to have sunny or worst case scenario – cloudy – weather during all our group excursions on August! (El Nido, Cebu, Bohol). It is so unpredictable! To be honest, despite the rainy season in the Philippines, I still advice to give it a shot! I mean, if you want  Plus, a rainbow may appear in the horizon 🙂

On November, the rainy season gets less intense and the temperatures are pretty good too.

 

Why not travel during summer (Europe)?

 

1.it’s the most touristic season of the year! As July and August are the summer vacation, French people will be travelling there but also everyone else!

2. usually airplane tickets are more expensive.

3. rates of hotels and resorts are more expensive during this time.

 

Travel Tip: Always keep a raincoat or sweater in case of some rain!  Keep an eye on typhoon, weather forecasts websites!

When to book & get the cheapest airplane tickets with VISIT-PHILIPPINES?

 

Now that you know when to travel to the Philippines, the question that follows is when to book and buy your airplane tickets to get cheap rates?

NOW! 

But more seriously, we highly advice to book your tickets one year earlier! But I know it can be hard to commit in advance because you don’t know when you’ll be on vacation and also how’s your budget going..

No worries! The travel agency Visit-Philippines has negotiated exclusive and preferential prices with their Airline partners throuhgout all the year! And even if it is a last minute purchase, they offer an instalment payment solution, you can pay in multiple time don’t waste your time!

Book your tickets today! FLY NOW. PAY LATER

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