Geographically, the province of Palawan is part of the Philippine archipelago. It’s composed of the long and narrow Palawan Island, plus a number of other smaller islands surrounding it, totaling roughly 1,780 islands and islets.
There is never a bad time to travel to Palawan for a holiday, with warm temperatures year-round, friendly local people, aquamarine sea, white sands.
What is the weather like?
Palawan which is located between the Equator and the Tropic of Cancer has only two seasons: the wet and the dry season.
Each season lasts for about 6 months.
The Dry Season starts in late November and ends in May. The Rainy Seasons starts in June and lasts till October.
The dry season is the favorite season for most Filipinos because it’s the only time of the year that summer is formally alive!
The temperature in Palawan averages between 75°F and 84°F (24°C-29°C) in both dry and wet season, although it can get chilly in the early morning and at night.
The prevailing wind systems in the Philippines are as Northeast Monsoon (Amihan ) from November to February and Southwest Monsoon (Habagat) from July to September.
Amihan is characterized by moderate temperatures, little or no rainfall, and a prevailing wind from the east. Habagat is characterized by hot and humid weather, frequent heavy rainfall, and a prevailing wind from the west.
Unlike the other regions of the Philippines, Palawan is rarely hit by typhoons and it’s also safe from other natural catastrophes such as forest fires, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
Typhoons can hit the Philippines any time of year, with the months of June to September being most active, and May the least active. Typhoons most frequently make landfalls on the islands of Eastern Visayas, Bicol region, and northern Luzon whereas the regions of Mindanao and Palawan are largely free of typhoons.
High Season and Low Season
In Palawan, some hotels charge their highest prices during the peak period from mid-December to mid-April. If you plan to visit Palawan during this period, try to make your reservation at least 3 months in advance.
For Christmas, New Year and Easter most of the hotels are fully booked well in advance.
Palawan is a year-round destination. The low-season for tourists runs from June until October which coincides with the wet season. In most cases, hotel rates are slashed from 20% to 50%. This is the best time to visit Palawan whether you’re traveling on a shoestring budget or you wish to avoid crowds.
Low Season advantages:
- Beaches and island are less crowded
- Accommodation and flights can be booked at the last minute
- Short waiting time for Underground River
- The atmosphere is more relaxed
- Summer is an excellent time for family travel, which is not always possible during the winter season.