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Best Time and Season to Visit Philippines: Complete Guide

Team AckoApr 30, 2024

Mabuhay and welcome to the Philippines! Home of fast-food franchise Jollibee, the delicious adobo chicken, some of the world's most beautiful beaches, and friendliest people, the Philippines should be on your travel bucket list. This country is made up of over 7,000 islands, and has a population of about 109 million people. 

The Philippines is a tropical country, with distinct wet and dry seasons. The mercury rises in the hot season, as people flock to the beaches to cool off. In the wet season, you'll experience plenty of rain as the monsoon season shows up, putting a damper on most activities, although it doesn't stop Filipino hospitality from shining through! Find out more about this island nation, and the best time to visit the Philippines.




Best Time to Visit the Philippines

The Philippines is a tropical country, so expect warm and balmy weather year round. There is high humidity during the rainy season, which brings the wet season with the monsoon. The weather in the Philippines can vary depending on the city and season. 

Best Season to Visit Philippines

The Philippines' dry and warm season is from November to April. Tourists prefer to travel to the Philippines in this season because the weather is pleasant and it isn't cloudy with a chance of rain. This is also peak season, where crowds are a given and you may need to wait for longer when you book flights, accommodations, and activities, or shell out more to experience them. Learn about the 3 travel "seasons'' to find an ideal time for you to travel to the Philippines in this section. 

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Peak Season

December to April

The peak season is from November to April, which is also the dry warm season. Travel and accommodation rates will be the highest this season. You can expect bigger crowds at popular tourist destinations, including at beaches. Book flights and hotels well ahead of time for availability and better prices. 

Shoulder Season

May and November

If you are someone with a higher preference for less crowds and cooler temperatures, then the shoulder season is when the time is perfect to travel to the Philippines. This season boasts less crowds, and runs from May November. The weather is still pleasant, the country has fewer crowds and offers good deals on accommodations and flights. Travel and accommodation prices and availability are better and easier to get than in the peak season. If you like travelling off the beaten path, travel to the Philippines in this period. 

Low or Off Season

June to October

A tropical country, the Philippines experiences tropical storms and cyclones from June to October, which can rain on your travel plans. However, if you're travelling on a budget, a holiday in the off season is more affordable. Provided you travel with umbrellas, and rain gear, and plan your itinerary carefully, you can have as much fun in the Philippines as you can in the peak season. After all, there isn't much that's better than flying to, and staying at, an island destination on a budget. 

Best Month to Visit Philippines   

Find out more about the best time to go to the Philippines throughout the year, with our month by month guide. Learn more about where to go, what to experience, and about weather conditions in this section! The most popular time to visit the Philippines from India is from December to April, when it is warm and sunny. You'll be able to enjoy the variety of events and festivals that happen in the peak season. Any month is a good month to travel to the Philippines! 

Philippines in January 

January in the Philippines is peak travel season, since the weather is warm, and pleasant, averaging 30°C. This month marks the beginning of the dry season in the Philippines, and offers travellers a host of fun activities and cultural events. From taking it slow on one of thousands of Filipino beaches, to exploring the jewelled natural beauty of the Philippines, this country offers you a variety of quiet and exciting experiences. 

  • Average Temperature 

    • 27°C (80°F)

  • Events 

    • Ati-Atihan Festival

    • Dinagyang Festival and Parade 

    • Sinulog Festival 

  • Explore 

    • El Nido island hopping of lagoons and beaches 

    • Cebu City whale shark swimming 

    • Underground river trip

  • Reason to visit in January 

    • The water is warm and clear

    • Perfect for swimming, snorkelling, and diving

    • Plenty of events

    • Peak season, lots to see and do! 

  • Know before you go

    • Pack light, comfortable clothing

    • Bring sunscreen, as the sun can be quite strong

    • Take light rain jacket or umbrella

Philippines in February

February is a warmer month in the Philippines. The weather in the Philippines in February is still warm and sunny, making it an ideal time to visit for a fun in the sun holiday. If you enjoy the beach, and outdoor activities, February is a great month to travel to the Philippines, for lazing in the sun, sipping on a cold drink, with delicious Filipino dishes awaiting your arrival! The water is warm and clear in February, making it ideal for swimming, snorkelling, and diving. What's more, even though February in the Philippines is in peak season, it isn't as crowded as it is in January, so if you want a leisurely vacation, now's the time. 

  • Temperature 

    • 30°C (86°F) 

  • Events 

    • Kaamulan Festival (late February to early March)

    • Pamulinawen (first two weeks of February)

    • Panagbenga or Baguio Flower festival

    • Philippine Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

    • Suman Festival, like Mardi Gras

  • Explore 

    • Boracay Island hopping 

    • Manila food tour 

    • Wander through the lovely Rizal Park

  • Reasons to visit in February 

    • Warm pleasant weather 

    • Plenty of water sports and outdoor activities

    • Less crowded than January

    • Idyllic time to visit 

  • What to know before you travel

    • It’s ideal to buy travel insurance

    • Pack clothes that are not heavy, light and breezy outfits are recommended

    • Carry thick hats and sunscreen lotion with SPF 50++

Philippines in March

March is a great month to visit the Philippines. With Easter around the corner, ensure you plan ahead to grab the best deals and availability on flight tickets and hotels! As peak season draws to a close next month, March in the Philippines is ideal for enjoying outdoor activities, events, and snorkelling or scuba diving. The weather starts warming up considerably, so try to explore early in the morning or after the noon heat. You can beat the heat by taking a dip in the ocean and cooling off with sweet treats like Buko Pandan! 

  • Temperature  

    • 31°C (87°F)

  • Events 

    • Kaamulan Festival, Malaybalay City, Mindanao

    • Arya Abra, Bangued

    • Easter, nationwide

  • Explore 

    • Manila guided sunset bamboo bicycle tour, Intramuros

    • Tagaytay Ridge Tour 

    • Kawasan Falls and Cliff Jumping

    • Basilica Minore del Santo Niño

    • Fort San Pedro

  • What to know before you travel

    • Good idea to take summer and warm weather clothes

    • Stay safe during the day by wearing large hats and apply sunblock

    • Don’t pack close-toed shoes

    • Avoid midday tours and staying out in this time 

    • Opt to explore early in the morning or late in the afternoon 

Philippines in April

You know what they say, April showers bring May flowers… in the Philippines! April marks the end of the peak tourist season when the weather is warm and dry. Expect the rainy season to start at the end of this month as the humidity begins to peak. Temperatures average 30°C, so when you're exploring and enjoying the great outdoors, aim for going out early in the morning or later in the day to avoid getting scorched in the noon sun! With Easter holidays, book your travel plans around it to avoid disappointment and higher rates. 

  • Temperature & Rainfall

    • 31°C (87°F)

  • Explore 

    • Fort Santiago and San Augustine Church

    • Manila Ocean Park

    • Siquijor Island

  • Events 

    • Allaw Ta Apo Sandawa, Kidapawan City, Mindanao

    • Boracay International Dragon Boat Festival

    • Turumba Festival, Pakil, Laguna

  • Why should you visit this month

    • The weather is nice and pleasant

    • Start of official dry season

    • Light rain showers can be expected

    • Water visibility will be great for diving and snorkelling 

  • What to know before you travel 

    • Take light clothing such as loose pants, airy shirts, and a hat

    • Apply sunblock 

    • Expect fleeting rains, so be sure to pack an umbrella and rainboots 

    • Pack footwear for the beach such as flip flops

Philippines in May

As a tropical country, the Philippines has a dry summer season, and a wet monsoon season. May is the start of the rainy monsoon season in the Philippines. You can expect frequent rains, so be sure to plan your day around the weather forecasts which are accurate. This month is part of the shoulder season, when the crowds have reduced, and the weather is hot, dotted by frequent rains to cool off the day from the heat. 

  • Temperature 

    • 20°C (68°F) 

  • Explore 

    • Bacolod City 

      • San Sebastian Cathedral

      • Capital Park and Lagoon

      • Negros Museum

  • Events 

    • Mayon Festival, Legazpi

    • Flores de Mayo, nationwide

    • Turumba Festival, Pakil, Laguna 

  • Why should you visit this month

    • Shoulder season 

    • Less tourist crowds

    • Rainy season, plan around the weather

    • Better deals on airfare and accommodation

    • Cooler weather

  • What to know before you travel

    • Take warm weather clothing to stay cool 

    • Pack rain-friendly clothes and shoes

Philippines in June

With the rainy monsoon season in full swing, June is one of the wettest seasons in the Philippines. Since June is in the low or off travel season, you'll easily find affordable flight and accommodation rates this month. If you can brave the rain and plan ahead, you can enjoy many outdoor activities and events that the Philippines offers you!

  • Temperature 

    • 28°C (82°F)

  • Explore 

    • Jollibee restaurant across the country 

    • Fort Santiago and San Augustine Church

    • Manila Ocean Park

  • Events 

    • Baragatan Festival, Puerto Princesa

    • Pintados-Kasadyaan, Tacloban 

  • Why should you visit this month

    • Low, or off season

    • Low to no crowds

    • Best hotel rates and flight tickets

    • Warm weather with rain

  • What to know before you travel

    • Pleasant weather and sunshine when it isn't raining

    • Clothes and accessories to take - hats, loose pants, anti-fit dresses sunscreen, open-toed shoes

    • Take your umbrellas and rain gear with you

    • Plan around the weather 

Philippines in July

Right in the middle of the rainy season, July is the wettest month in the Philippines.

Although this is the rainy season, the weather is warm when it isn't raining, so pack for both summer and rain! July is in the low season, so you can find affordable hotel and accommodation rates, as well as deals on flight tickets to and around the country. 

  • Temperature

    • 28°C (82°F)

  • Explore 

    • Rafting in Cagayan de Oro River 

    • Camiguin Island beach 

  • Events 

    • Sandugo Festival, all month 

    • Banana Festival, July 1st - 10th

    • Araw ng Lanao del Norte, July 4th

  • Why should you visit this month

    • Low, off season   

    • Pleasant weather when it isn't raining

    • Plenty of cultural festivals and events

  • What to know before you travel

    • Expect plenty of rain 

    • Pack summer clothes and accessories that can protect you from the sun 

    • Pack your rainy day gear including umbrellas, raincoats and rain boots in case it rains 

    • Stay indoors if you receive a weather alert 

Philippines in August

Visiting the Philippines in August? Plan ahead, because August is right in the middle of the rainy season in the Philippines. August is the wettest month of the year! You can expect typhoons this month, so you'll need to have a contingency plan when it rains. This month is the low travel season, so you'll be able to find good deals on flight tickets and hotels. If you brave the rain, you'll be rewarded with delicious and warming Filipino street foods and treats! 

  • Temperature & Rainfall

    • 26°C (78°F) 

  • Events 

    • Davao City Kadayawan Festival 

    • Coron Festival, August 5 - 13

    • Mercedes Kadagatan Festival, August 1 - 8

    • Higalaay Festival, Whole month of August 

  • Explore 

    • Siargao Island surfing 

    • Cagayan de Oro River white-water rafting 

  • Why should you visit this month

    • Warm and great weather

    • Peak travel season 

    • Water condition is great to snorkel and swim in

  • What to know before you travel

    • Take clothes appropriate for summer

    • Don't forget your umbrella and raincoat! 

    • Carry mosquito repellents in any form of your choice

Philippines in September

The cheapest month to travel to the Philippines is in September! When September rolls around, the rainy season is about to end. If you can brave the rains and plan your itinerary in this country of jewelled landscapes in advance, you'll have the time of your life! Enjoy breezy days and cool nights, perfect for hitting the nightlife scene across the Philippines, and even the glistening beaches. 

  • Temperature 

    • 26°C (78°F) 

  • Explore 

    • Palawan Beach 

    • El Nido cliffs and lagoons 

    • Bohol island dolphin watching 

    • Eastern Visaya

  • Events 

    • Lapay Bantigue Dance Festival, September 28

    • Traslacion, Penafrancia Festival, September 13

    • Busig-On Festival, September 7 - 9

    • Diyandi Festival sa Iligan, September 27

  • Why you should travel this month

    • Cheapest time to visit the Philippines 

    • Warm weather 

    • Shoulder season without the tourist crowds in peak season

    • Best airfare rates

    • Best hotel rates

  • What to know before you travel

    • Wet and warm month, pack light clothing, but also raincoats and umbrellas

    • Make sure to carry mosquito repellent sprays or lotions

    • Pack light coats for the chillier nights

Philippines in October

The high humidity in the Philippines in October brings warm pleasant weather, but also rain. Tourists prefer to travel in September and October, because it isn't smack in the middle of peak tourist season, yet are the cheapest months to travel to the Philippines in. When you travel to the Philippines in October, be sure to check out the vibrant capital city of Manila. Explore the beautiful beaches in Boracay and Palawan, and soak in the deliciousness of the rice terraces of Banaue. , and the underwater reefs of the Visayas.

  • Temperature 

    • 26°C (78°F) 

  • Explore 

    • Explore Manila

    • Enjoy beaches in Boracay and Palawan

    • Go to rice terraces in Banaue

    • Check out reefs of the Visayas 

  • Events 

    • Calbayog Grand Karakol

    • Catandungan Festival 

    • Feast of La Naval, Manila - 11th October 

  • Why should you visit this month

    • Less tourists and crowds 

    • Cheaper rates on tickets and accommodation 

    • Delicious foods to try 

    • Hiking and exploring Philippines nature

    • Cheapest month to travel

  • What to know before you travel

    • Pack umbrellas and rain gear 

    • Take summer clothes to cool you off yet keep you covered from the sun

    • Apply mosquito repellent and sunscreen

Philippines in November 

Planning to holiday in the Philippines in November? November is a great month for a holiday in the Philippines, with warm weather after the rainy season. You'll still get occasional rain this month, so be sure to pack an umbrella and light rain gear. Whether you're taking it easy at a beach, hiking in the trails, or wining and dining at a beautiful restaurant, November in the Philippines is the perfect travel month. 

  • Temperature 

    • 30°C (82°F) 

  • Events 

    • All Saints Day, November 1st

    • Bonifacio Day, November 14th

    • Banaag Festival, November 1st

    • Pinta Flores Festival

  • Explore 

    • Boracay beaches

    • Rice terraces of Banaue

    • History in city of Vigan

  • Why should you visit this month

    • Dry month

    • Warm weather, ideal for biking, and hiking 

    • Peak season, plenty of activities

    • Plenty of activities

  • What to know before you travel

    • Carry anti-fit clothing 

    • Pack a tube of sunscreen or carry a sunscreen stick

    • Pack insect repellent to protect against mosquitoes and other pests

    • May be a good idea to take umbrellas and rain gear for occasional rain

Philippines in December

December is the best month to travel to the Philippines! You can enjoy Filipino cultural events and the warm pleasant weather in December, when it's cold around most of the world. This month marks the start of the dry season in the Philippines. Your day outings won't be spoiled by monsoons and rainy weather! Visit the Philippines in December to enjoy the pleasant warm weather and feel the warmth of a Filipino Christmas and merriment! 

  • Temperature  

    • 30°C (82°F) 

  • Events 

    • Paskuhan Festival, Christmas in the Philippines

    • Sinulog Festival, Cebu City

    • Ati-Atihan Festival, island of Panay

    • Dinagyang Festival, Iloilo City

  • Why should you visit this month

    •  Weather is still warm

    • Festivities across the Philippines

    • Ideal for snorkelling and scuba diving

    • Peak season with activities 

  • What to know before you travel

    • Even though it's December, take your summery clothes 

    • Peak season, make all bookings way ahead of your trip 

    • Flights prices may skyrocket 

    • Hotel rooms might be unavailable and will also cost you a lot more than usual

Cheapest Time to Visit Philippines   

Travelling to the Philippines is usually an affordable affair, no matter which month you travel. However, leading travel publications agree that travelling to the Philippines in September is the cheapest time to visit the Philippines! Expect temperatures averaging 30°C, which is excellent for a dip in the ocean, or if you're feeling more adventurous - to go scuba diving and explore the Philippines' marine life. You can enjoy the lowest flight and accommodation rates during September which falls under shoulder season. Enjoy the beauty of the Philippines, sans the crazy and stifling crowds.

If you're travelling on a budget, you may choose to travel during the wet season, which comes under the shoulder and low season. You can find better rates on flights, more rooms at hotels, and find it easier to enjoy experiences. As long as you can brave the rain and are equipped with rain gear, you can enjoy the Philippines in the wet season too.

Expensive Time to Visit Philippines   

The most expensive time to visit the Philippines is during the peak season which is from December to March! This is peak season, when holiday-makers from around the world flock to the Philippines for its beautiful scenery and delicious food. At the same time, the Philippines are one of the highest-rated countries in lists that feature countries that you can enjoy the most for less! Affordable accommodation, cheap and delicious food, and easy accessibility (in a jeepney for example) make travelling to and across the Philippines fun and a perennial tourist favourite. 

Peak season is the most expensive time to travel to the Philippines. The weather is pleasant, and ideal for watersports and activities such as diving and snorkelling. During peak season, hotels and resorts will have limited availability and will be more expensive! Make sure to book well in advance especially if you want to enjoy a romantic honeymoon or special holiday in this spectacular island nation. 

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Best time to visit the Philippines for honeymoon

The Philippines are one of the preferred honeymoon destinations for newly-weds across the world. What's not to love, when you can visit a country that offers spectacular beaches, turquoise waters, and a lush green landscape? The Philippines is a stunning and ethereal island honeymoon destination. Newly-weds should avoid the wet season from November to April, when exciting activities and watersports aren't as accessible. When you're just married, make sure to plan a Philippines honeymoon between December to February! 

Travelling on a budget? You can honeymoon in the Philippines during the shoulder season. For a honeymoon that's high on romance and low on the crowds, the shoulder season offers everything but the crowds, and which new bride and groom doesn't want that? Picture strolling across a beautiful Filipino beach hand-in-hand with your bride or groom, ending the day at one of hundreds of world-renowned restaurants!

If you're travelling during the peak travel season, make sure you book your flights and hotels well in advance. Travelling in peak season is on a lot of other honeymooners' itineraries, so ensure you've booked ahead to beat the rush and grab a spot! 

Best season for diving and snorkelling in the Philippines 

The Philippines offers breathtaking diving and snorkelling throughout the year. However, diving and snorkelling conditions are affected by the rainy season. Diving and snorkelling season is from December and April, during the dry season. Rainy season is from June and October, when water visibility is obscured and water conditions may be dangerous. Shoulder season, November and May offer good snorkelling and diving conditions. Overall, you can enjoy the Philippines' undersea beauty during the dry season.

Frequently asked questions



When is the rainy season in the Philippines?

The rainy season in the Philippines is from May to October, when it is off season. You can explore the country in a leisurely way away from the crowds and for an affordable price compared to peak season and even shoulder travel season. 

How many days in the Philippines is enough?

 3 to 5. You will be able to visit the beautiful beaches, try local and international cuisine, sight exotic flora and fauna, go island hopping, and visit the cities too. 

What month is the Philippines hottest?

The Philippines has amazing tropical weather all year long. March and April are the hottest months with a maximum temperature of 32°C. 

Best time to visit the Philippines with your family? 

The Philippines is perfect for families who love to spend their vacations lazing around on beaches! Most people prefer to travel during the peak season, from November to March, as the weather is perfect in these months. A lot of activities and events are also open during the peak season ensuring families have a great time

Best time to visit the Philippines from India? 

If you're travelling from India to the Philippines it’s best to plan your vacation any time between December and March. It’s the peak season and the country will be buzzing with tourists. If you don’t enjoy crowds, plan your vacation some other time of the year! 

Is it a good time to go to the Philippines in December?

Yes, December is an ideal month to visit the Philippines. The weather is warm and dry, without much rain. The country is located in the tropics, so it experiences warm temperatures year-round. However, December is the start of the rainy season in some parts of the country, particularly in the eastern and southern regions.

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