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.

16 THINGS TO DO IN PHILIPPINES (JANUARY 16 - JANUARY 25)

Ati-Atihan Festival

January 14–20, 2019 • event

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

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

December–July • nature

One of the most prominent geological landmarks of the Philippines

Banaue and Batad Rice Terraces

September–June • nature

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

Beach Season

November–May • nature

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

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

Ifugao Mumbaki

all year round • activity

Check out mysterious rites performed by indigenous Ifugao Shamans

Cycling

November–May • activity

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

Taal Volcano

October–June • nature

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

El Nido Caves

December–May • nature

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

Kinilaw (Kilawin)

all year round • food

Discover the taste of the Philippines

Climbing Mount Apo

March–May (all year round) • activity

Conquer the highest mountain of the Philippines

Whitewater Rafting

July–January • activity

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

Snorkelling and Scuba Diving

November–April (all year) • activity

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

Kitesurfing on Boracay

November–April • activity

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

Suman

all year round • food

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

20 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Paraw Regatta Festival

February (TBA) 2019 • event

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

Kadayawan Festival

August 13–19, 2018 • event

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

Oblation Run

December 16 • event

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

Kadaugan sa Mactan

April 27 • event

Filipinos commemorate their heroes and history

Feast of the Black Nazarene

January 09 • event

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

Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

February 08–11, 2018 • event

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

Guling-Guling Festival

March 05, 2019 • event

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

Torotot Festival

December 31–January 01 • event

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

Ginanggang

May 12, 2019 • food

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

Tinikling

June 12 • activity

Watch the dance of the birds in the Philippines

Higalaay Festival

August 28 • event

Celebrating true relationships in the City of Golden Friendship

Boracay Open

May 11–13, 2018 • event

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

Boracay International Dragon Boat Festival

April 19–21, 2018 • event

The island of Boracay annually hosts this traditional and spectacular competition

Cloud 9 Surfing

late August–late November • activity

Catch the best waves in the Philippines

Kesong Puti Festival

April 01–09, 2017 • event

A true paradise for white cheese fans

Pasko Fiesta sa Davao

December • event

Join one of the longest Christmas holiday seasons in the world

Kabkaban Festival

November 24–November 25 • event

Drive away the bad spirits while enjoying the Kabkaban 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

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

Giant Lantern Festival

December 15 2018–January 01 2019 • event

Welcome to the world of lights