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Palawan, Philippines - best time to travel?

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1. Posted by ChinoZ32 (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

I'm currently planning to travel and spend all of May in Philippines, mainly to spend some previous chilaxation time in Palawan. I've given it some thought and a little research and I would like to know whether May is a good time to head up there.

I've found this along with other websites:

If that is anything to go by, would it be better to re-schedule my Palawan trip to January/Feb period?

Thank you in advanced.

2. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 7y

I haven't been to Palawan but I do spend a lot of my time in the Western Visayas and i really wouldn't worry too much about the weather. The Philippines has a tropical climate so it is around 30 degrees all year round and it can rain any day in the year. Last March and April (summer season) I was there and it rained almost every day, but I was also there in September/October (rainy season) and the weather was gorgeous. I certainly would not rearrange my trip by 8 months because of a slight chance there may be a little less rain. In fact May is still the dry season (although at the very end of it) and January is the still the rainy season.

3. Posted by ChinoZ32 (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

Cheers bwiiian, the sooner the better then.

4. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 7y

By the way, don't bother looking at weather forecasts for anywhere in the Philippines as it will ALWAYS say "scattered thunderstorms". If you always look at the forecast (like I used to do all the time) you will just get depressed and never want to go. These forecasts are very misguiding as the Philippines has a tropical climate so there IS always a chance of a thunderstorm, but this just means perhaps, for a bit, maybe it may thunder late in the afternoon. It wont thunder all day. It always says also that there is a good chance of rain, this again is true because you are in the tropics. But there is also a much bigger chance of it being very hot and sunny!!! But the forecasts never mention this.

5. Posted by pau_p1 (Respected Member 214 posts) 7y

I believe Palawan like a big part of Mindanao enjoy better weather than the rest of the country where it is not frequented by rains or storms..

May time is still part of summer in the country with the typhoons starting to come in the latter part of May.. so I think there shouldn't be much worry about any typhoons in Palawan... I remember in 2003 when I went to palawan in August time which is in the midst of the monsoon season, I left Manila when a strong weather disturbance is going in but in Palawan it's sunny..

6. Posted by lithium (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

expect weather patterns in the philippines to be varied coz obviously the country is archipelagic, meaning it is prone to weather disturbances every now and then although it has a distinct dry and wet season.

7. Posted by bob-bxu (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

Palawan is not geographically associated to Mindanao...though its southern part is most nearest to Mindanao..its culture is definitely distinct.

speaking of Mindanao, the sensationalized media has driven away tourists to this beautiful island there rae many beautiful and very peaceful spots here especially at the northeastern migt want to check this informative site ([snip]) about Mindanao's northeastern part ( a part free from trouble, as compared to the southern part)

its summer already too in the Philippines, but unlike before, climate change has taken its effect on the islands. even on summers, expect rainy days and even unexpected thunderstorms.

But to some it all, just as the unpredicatble weather...the islands still has a lot of surprise adventures to offer :)

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