Geographically, Palawan is part of the Philippine archipelago. The province is composed of the long and narrow Palawan Island, plus a number of other smaller islands surrounding it, totaling roughly 1,780 islands and islets. The province is named after its largest island, Palawan measuring 450 kilometers (280 mi) long, 50 kilometers (31 mi) wide and 8.5 kilometers (5 mi) at its narrowest point between Ulugan Bay and Honda Bay in Puerto Princesa City. Palawan’s almost 2,000 kilometers (1,200 mi) of irregular coastline is lined with rocky coves and sugar-white sandy beaches.
The mainland is divided into the west and east coasts by a long mountain ridge that spans from El Nido to Bataraza, with the highest peaks rising to 2,086 meters (6,843 feet) at Mount Mantalingahan.
Naturally made up of diverse rainforests, Palawan has only two seasons throughout the year and these are the rainy season and the sunny period where the sun expresses his gratitude and gallantry of a warm welcome from the time it rises up and it sets down continuously doing the same routine the next day.
The vegetation is massively rich which is may be explained in the saying that when God made everything and showered prosperity, Palawan was the one of the many that first captured the immaculate grant. Rest assured as guaranteed, I can prove it for being a certified inhabitant of Palawan since birth.
Of all the Philippine provinces, Palawan is the most known for its clean and green environment. If we are going to compare to other areas in the Philippines, my province is free from pollution and we are not overpopulated by locals – we are basically getting more because of the massive coming of friendly tourists from different parts of the world.
I would have to admit that it summarizes this place as a home to people who promote blissful hospitality, preserves healthy sanitation and conserves the natural world.
From the past things I wrote, I stated there that we give pleasurable adventures and excitement that everybody is hypnotized to go back again preferably from Eden-like islands, to the beautiful forest gardens, to the white sand beaches, to a variety of foods other places don’t offer, and many, many more! Now, let me tell you something more about the weather of Palawan.
What is the weather like?
Palawan’s location is between the Equator and the Tropic of Cancer. This province has two kinds of climate, the rainy season and the dry season which people loves the most because it is the only time of the year that summer is formally alive! Six months each of dry and wet seasons for extreme north and south, and three to four months wet season for the rest of Palawan.
We don’t have tidal waves or tsunamis either. We also don’t have catastrophic earthquakes, blazing forest fires, mad thunderstorms, and even colossal tornadoes or hurricanes. Typhoons rarely visit Palawan, irregularly once every 20 years, and much of the early wet season rainfall occurs over the sea.
This place enjoys a tropical to subtropical climate, to be factual. Rainy season starts from the month of June up to October while the dry season starts in the month of November to May – but they vary. There are times of the year that summer is felt not exactly on the said months. Sometimes the summer moves and kicks in before November! As I have been experiencing, summer can start in the month of May onwards.
Palawan has two main climates; the one that occurs in the southern and northern extremities and also the west coast has two seasons – the wet and dry, each for about six months long. The one on the eastern coast has a short dry spell of about one to three months and no definite rainy period. While the southern region is practically free from TD’s or tropical depressions, the northern side experiences torrential rains in the months of July and August and still not dangerous, in case I wrote a scary line. This I would honestly suggest that tourists would have to pack things up for a visit in Palawan that begins in the months starting March to June because they are literally called the summer months and I would suggest that this is the best time of the year to experience the sun, the sea and the sand.
Palawan temperatures range between 25 degrees Celsius or about 78 degrees Fahrenheit in January and have a 29 degrees Celsius or 84 degrees Fahrenheit in the month of May. While the strongest rainfall occurs during the months of September, there are times of the year that are completely dry and I can see January and February in that, yet it gets quite chilly at night. It’s nice and hot at daytime; it’s a bit cold at night. Two prevalent winds are the stronger northwest monsoon which blows from June to September, and the softer northeast monsoon which blows from October to April. Trade winds during the winter in the other parts of the world make windsurfing quite an attraction from December to April.
For your sea travel and voyages, it has to be a good pick in April and early June. The months of July to September are the months of cheap prices, these months have the southwest monsoon at times that bring rains. On December to February, these months are the cooler and drier, but high winds can foul up your boat schedules. In case there is an upcoming weather inconvenience, forecasts are advised very early before any of them enter the areas. I have to tell you that safety first is always followed here. Everyone’s safety is well-observed so please expect that you may travel to Palawan at some time that you may experience cancellation and postponements of your travel timetables. All concerned authorities and individuals will have to deal with your safe come-and-go activities in my hometown.
For your choices, during the off-season or the lean season where most of the time it’s the days of the rain, getting a room in a hotel or any accommodation you prefer will be easier, booking a flight is easier, grabbing a tour slot is way easier, even restaurant reservations, hassle-free trip is made easier during this period. Also, you can have great off-peak rates, discounts, and other good deals on your trip to Palawan. There are less overcrowding people and I call this a total advantage. During rainy days, tourists can pick a taste of swimming in hot springs, water rafting, kayaking, food-tripping, in-door sports engagement, hiking, and surfing when the presence of rainy monsoon or the Habagat season is there. On the other hand, during summer days where there’s almost no sleeping, and where all activities are tried and maxed out, it’s nearly the reverse equivalent of the peak season but, the experiences here are just met at only this period and not in lean season days. This is the other side of the climate that is more costly but here, however, summer is very lively and the climate is in its positive color I should say.
What are you guys waiting for? You’ve got two options, and no one tells you to just get one and leave the other behind! How about trying both? And oh, please don’t forget to bring friends or they’ll miss everything that is about to be experienced only here in Palawan, my place where every destination is uniquely superb!