Best time to visit Philippines

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Best time of year to visit Philippines

Although wet season doesn't mean everyday downpours, dry season from November to April is the best time to visit the Philippines. March and April are slightly hotter and Easter holidays usually are booked out, so December–February are the most pleasant months. Winter is also full of special bright events like Ati-Atihan Festival or Feast of the Black Nazarene. It's also the best time to enjoy beach season and activities like snorkelling, hiking, and rafting. You can easily mess with typhoons in the wettest months of July, August, and September which can cause the cancellation of flights. Anyway, whenever you decide to visit the Philippines, there is always a chance to face typhoons as the weather is quite unpredictable. May and November are known for price cuts and moderate crowds and are considered to be perfect months for enjoying the archipelago's lush sceneries.

19 THINGS TO DO IN PHILIPPINES (DECEMBER 14 - DECEMBER 23)

Oblation Run

Oblation Run

December 16 • event

The statue of the naked man called Oblation gave the event its name and symbolic meaning

Banaue and Batad Rice Terraces

Banaue and Batad Rice Terraces

September–June • nature

Do not miss a chance to visit the potential “Eighth Wonder of the World”

Philippine Eagle

Philippine Eagle

all year round • nature

The national bird of the Philippines is renowned as the world's largest eagle species and is found nowhere else across the globe

Chocolate Hills

Chocolate Hills

December–July • nature

One of the most prominent geological landmarks of the Philippines

Hinatuan Enchanted River

Hinatuan Enchanted River

December–April • nature

A fantastic river in this Philippine jungle seems to pop from the ground with its beautiful turquoise waters

Beach Season

Beach Season

November–May • nature

Beach season is the best part of the year in any country, and the Philippines is no exception

Ifugao Mumbaki

Ifugao Mumbaki

all year round • activity

Check out mysterious rites performed by indigenous Ifugao Shamans

El Nido Caves

El Nido Caves

December–May • nature

Come closer to the history of the Philippines and discover its oldest caves

Cycling

Cycling

November–May • activity

Cycling is always a good idea when you have such rich nature around

Climbing Mount Apo

Climbing Mount Apo

March–May (all year round) • activity

Conquer the highest mountain of the Philippines

Taal Volcano

Taal Volcano

October–June • nature

The smallest active volcano in the world is considered to be one of the most dangerous

Kitesurfing on Boracay

Kitesurfing on Boracay

November–April • activity

Time for water sports at the Philippine's natural jewel!

Kinilaw (Kilawin)

Kinilaw (Kilawin)

all year round • food

Discover the taste of the Philippines

Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater Rafting

July–January • activity

If you prefer extreme sports, you will enjoy the whitewater rafting at various mountain rivers

Pasko Fiesta sa Davao

Pasko Fiesta sa Davao

December • event

Join one of the longest Christmas holiday seasons in the world

Snorkelling and Scuba Diving

Snorkelling and Scuba Diving

November–April (all year) • activity

Do not miss a chance to get acquainted with the undersea inhabitants of the Philippines

Suman

Suman

all year round • food

Check out Filipino desserts, starting with a special rice cake called suman

Aguinid Falls

Aguinid Falls

December–June | July–October • nature

A system of waterfalls with green rocks and turquoise water is a popular spot for photos

Simbáng Gabi (Misa de Gallo)

Simbáng Gabi (Misa de Gallo)

December 16–December 24 • event

A Filipino Christmas tradition honouring Virgin Mary

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Feast of the Black Nazarene

Feast of the Black Nazarene

January 09 | April 10, 2020 • event

The multi-religious background Filipino society is well-supported by the fact that they have their own unique Black Jesus

Paraw Regatta Festival

Paraw Regatta Festival

February 16–17, 2019 • event

Take part in Asia’s oldest traditional craft event and the Philippines' largest sailing festival

Kadayawan Festival

Kadayawan Festival

August 13–19, 2019 • event

A celebration of life and gratefulness—that's what this festival is about

Ati-Atihan Festival

Ati-Atihan Festival

January 14–20, 2019 • event

If you are looking for a party, try the most popular one among the Filipinos themselves

Kadaugan sa Mactan

Kadaugan sa Mactan

April 27 • event

Filipinos commemorate their heroes and history

Giant Lantern Festival

Giant Lantern Festival

December 01 2018–January 02 2019 • event

Welcome to the world of lights

Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

2019 cancelled • event

The best time to visit Clark, Pampanga is during "a weekend of everything that flies"

Guling-Guling Festival

Guling-Guling Festival

March 05, 2019 • event

Join this tradition which has been celebrated for more than 400 years

MassKara Festival

MassKara Festival

October 27, 2019 • event

A vibrant masquerade, street and dance parties

Torotot Festival

Torotot Festival

December 31–January 01 • event

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with party horns in the city of Davao

Panagbenga Festival

Panagbenga Festival

February 01–March 10, 2019 • event

A month-long celebration of the blooming season

Dinagyang Festival

Dinagyang Festival

January 24–26, 2020 • event

The most award-winning festival of the Philippines

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

January 25, 2020 • event

Loud firecrackers and dancing dragons highlight massive street parties and celebrations

Vigan City Fiesta and Longganisa Festival

Vigan City Fiesta and Longganisa Festival

late January • event

Being famous for its architecture aquired during the Spanish era of colonization, Vigan, the capital of Ilocos Sur, is also renowed for its spicy meat dishes

Cloud 9 Surfing

Cloud 9 Surfing

late August–late November • activity

Catch the best waves in the Philippines

Ginanggang

Ginanggang

May 10, 2020 • food

Want to try Filipino Barbequed Bananas? Then you should go to the island of Mindanao

Higalaay Festival

Higalaay Festival

August 28 • event

Celebrating true relationships in the City of Golden Friendship

Dagupan City Bangus Festival

Dagupan City Bangus Festival

April 03–14, 2019 • event

A vibrant celebration of the national fish of Philippines

Tinikling

Tinikling

June 12 • activity

Watch the dance of the birds in the Philippines

Boracay Open

Boracay Open

March 01–03, 2019 • event

Frisbee fans appreciate this annual Ultimate Tournament held on Boracay's beach

Boracay International Dragon Boat Festival

Boracay International Dragon Boat Festival

cancelled (since 2019) • event

The island of Boracay annually hosts this traditional and spectacular competition

Waling-Waling Orchid

Waling-Waling Orchid

February–March | August–September • nature

The Philippines are called the kingdom of orchids for a reason, and Waling-waling is its queen

Ibon-Ebon Festival

Ibon-Ebon Festival

February 01–02, 2018 • event

This is a great time to see migratory birds and learn the dances of our feathered friends

Kabkaban Festival

Kabkaban Festival

November 24–November 25 • event

Drive away the bad spirits while enjoying the Kabkaban Festival

Kesong Puti Festival

Kesong Puti Festival

April 01–09, 2017 • event

A true paradise for white cheese fans

Santo Niño de Cebú

Santo Niño de Cebú

mid-January • event

See for yourself a miraculous statue of baby Jesus brought by Magellan

Holy Week & Easter

Holy Week & Easter

April 05–12, 2020 • event

Numerous processions, Passion plays, the Way of the Cross—religious traditions make it the most spectacular week

Higantes Festival

Higantes Festival

November 22–November 23 • event

Giant puppets parade the streets of Angono

Pahiyas Festival

Pahiyas Festival

May 15 • event

A vibrant harvest celebration in Lucban in the province of Quezon