Travel Tip: Best Times to Travel Around the Philippines

Visit your favorite places at the right time for maximum enjoyment.

By Mathew S. Chan
October 01, 2015


A key element in traveling is knowing the right time to visit a particular place. Timing is everything, and if you choose the wrong dates to book your trip, a seemingly fun journey can be ruined by too many tourists or skyrocketing rates. Here are some of the best times to visit popular places in the Philippines.

1. Baguio
Baguio is known as the summer capital of the Philippines, and although it’s nice to visit it during the summer to get away from the heat, one of the best times to visit is during the holiday season. The place will probably be crowded and you’ll need to book months in advance, but the incredibly cooler than usual weather, dozens of outlet store sales, and great sites will make it all worth it. If you stay around the Camp John Hay area during New Year, you can bear witness to some of the best fireworks displays in the country. Another great time to go is during the Panagbenga Festival (a flower festival) held every February to March.

2. Boracay
Boracay is the best place to go during the summer if you like to party and live like there’s no tomorrow. But if you prefer to visit the island when it’s not as full of tourists, head to the island in June, August, or October. Although these months may fall under the rainy season, it doesn’t always rain hard in the region. Plan your trip carefully and you can find yourself on the island with minimal people, a relaxing ambiance, and the right warm to cold ratio for the weather.

3. Tagaytay
Much like Baguio, Tagaytay is a haven for anyone who wants to escape from the hot weather of the metro. Tagaytay sees a lot of people no matter what time of the year, but fever pitch usually occurs during the holiday season. The best time to head to Tagaytay would be around September to October when it’s getting a bit colder and the rates are still relatively affordable. You can enjoy a steaming hot bowl of bulalo and have no worries in the world.

4. Palawan
Palawan is a nice alternative to Boracay because it’s less crowded although some areas are still a bit underdeveloped. If you want great deals, you should visit the area from June to September when hotels and resorts offer big rainy day discounts that can save you a lot of money. October is another great time to go because the chances of rain are lower, which is a plus factor if you want to go on one of the tours properly.

5. Davao
There are about three best times to visit Davao. The first is during summer when the island paradise of Samal is a must-visit. The second is during the Kadayawan Festival in August, which gives you the opportunity to experience one of the most colorful festivals in the Philippines. The third is during Araw ng Davao in March because this is when they hold a lot of sales.