These are the best months to visit Palawan for a perfect trip
- Seasons work differently in the Philippines
- When to visit Palawan?
Known as “the last frontier” of the Philippines, the island of Palawan truly deserves the word paradise. Bathed by the South China Sea and the Sulu Sea, travelers can expect white sand beaches, clear waters, stunning lagoons, caves and ancient forests. However, it is considerably more difficult to enjoy all the natural wonders and fun programs Palawan has to offer from inside a hotel room, in the middle of a tropical rainstorm… For this reason, it It’s always best to be prepared and know which are the best months to visit Palawan, (and the Philippines, in general), so that every stay is as wonderful as Palawan can accommodate.
Seasons work differently in the Philippines
As a collection of over 7,000 islands fairly close to the equator, the climate of the Philippines is divided into two seasons: dry and rainy. The climate is always hot in the Philippines, with an average of 26°C all year round, and the monsoons define the average weather of the seasons, bringing either heavy rains or drought to the islands.
The rainy season falls from June to November and the dry season from December to early May, with a cooler climate in December and January. April and May, and sometimes March, are the driest and hottest months of the year, and are Philippine summer, as opposed to most of the world’s springs or autumns.
When to visit Palawan?
The best time to visit Palawan is during the dry season, from December to May. As most (and the best) activities in Palawan take place outdoors, getting caught in the rain can very well ruin most plans, and rainfall is intense during the months of June through November. Rain in the Philippines is also partly due to tropical cyclones and typhoons, as it is within the typhoon belt, making July, September and October a risk for travel.
The cool, dry period in Palawan, from November to January, coincides with the end of the year holidays for many people and is an ideal way for some northern birds to escape the winter; although the months are cooler, the average temperature is still 25°C to 77°F. March to May is the hottest and driest time, with average temperatures of 28°C to 82°F, and since it’s a little off season for many people, a little less crowded.
To travel to Palawan in May, it is always a good idea to pay attention to the weather forecast, as the start of each season (and therefore the rain) can vary slightly from year to year.
- The worst months to visit Palawan: the rainy season, from June to October.
- The best months to visit Palawan: the dry season, from November to May.
Things To Do In Palawan
To be “the last frontier of the Philippines” and even earn the moniker of the best island in the Philippines, Palawan has to offer incredible sights and experiences – which it does and more. Palawan, a large island surrounded by smaller islands, is a paradise nature reserve. Natural sanctuaries like the El Nido Marine Reserve, which has incredible biodiversity that visitors can discover from hiking in the mountains and forests to diving near the reefs, and the Malampaya Strait, with its native dolphins, attract nature lovers around the world.
Palawan is home to the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Tubbataha Reef Marine Park, an area with amazing marine biodiversity and coral reefs, including coral islands and lagoons, and Puerto Princesa Underground River National Park in the town of Puerto Princesa, which takes travelers down the 8-kilometer river – one of the longest underground rivers in the world – to see the island’s incredible rock formations and wildlife. The Puerto Princesa Underground River has also been named one of the “7 new wonders of nature”.
Scuba divers and snorkelers looking for amazing underwater sites will be fascinated by the variety of dive sites and diversity of marine life in Palawan, with particular attention to Japanese WWII shipwrecks on the island. Busuanga Island, where the famous Coron Reefs and the beautiful crystal clear Kayangan Lake are also located.
Beautiful lakes and lagoons are dotted throughout the islands, where swimming, diving, snorkeling, kayaking and boating are popular and sought after activities. Beaches of all kinds, popular and secluded, long stretches of sand as far as the eye can see, framed by mossy hills and interesting rocks attract visitors looking to relax and enjoy the tropical climate. Animal lovers can visit protected areas and observe animals at sea, on land or in the air – Palawan has many endemic species, whether it is for bird watching, visiting a safari, hiking in through forests or snorkeling near corals and fish, visitors can respectfully connect with wildlife.
All of these things are extremely weather dependent and as mentioned the season in Palawan differs significantly at different times of the year. Be sure to pay attention to the best times when booking your holiday to ensure maximum enjoyment!