As part of the islands that make up the Philippines, Boracay is quickly becoming one of the top destinations on the planet. With white beaches, crystal clear waters, warm year-round temperatures and plenty to do, it is easy to see why more and more vacationers flock to the island each year. Boracay is truly one place where visitors can do everything from snorkeling to scuba diving, windsurfing, kayaking and more to nothing at all.
Filipino boat in the sea, Boracay
One of the best times to visit the island is during the winter. From December to February, temperatures remain very pleasant despite what month the calendar may say. Additionally, thanks to the island’s geographical location and warm currents, the sea temperatures also stay warm throughout the year allowing for visitors to take advantage of all the water sports the island has to offer. Average water temperatures for this time of the year are right at 27°C (81°F). Average afternoon highs during this time of the year will range from 28°C (82°F) in both December and January to a mild 29°C (84°F) in February. While much of the earth is shivering during this time of the year, vacationers in Boracay can leave the jackets and sweaters at home. Average overnight lows are not much cooler and will hover around an average of 24°C (75°F) for the same three months.
Rainfall amounts will be higher in the months of December and January with an average of 110mm and 102mm of precipitation, respectively. However, the weather really begins to dry in February with only 27mm of rain expected throughout the entire month. To find out how these averages are calculated, take a look here.
Beautiful park on Crystal cave island
The months of March, April and May make up spring for Boracay and are also very popular times of the year to visit with ample sunshine, dry conditions and warm temperatures both on land and in the sea. Average afternoon highs for the three months stay between 27°C (81°F) in April and 32°C (90°F) in May. March splits the difference with average afternoon highs of 29°C (84°F). Thanks to the moderating affect of the nearby ocean, overnight lows do not cool off much and there are no wild swings in temperatures from the daylight to the evening hours. As a result, visitors can continue to wear shorts well into the night. Average overnight lows for the three months will range from 24°C (75°F) to 25°C (77°F).
Rainfall amounts will be very low for both March and April. Only 30mm of precipitation is expected in March with 60mm falling on average in April. The month of May will be a little wetter with 120mm of precipitation over an average of 20 days in the month. Water temperatures are also very pleasant with averages rises slightly from 27°C (81°F) in March to 29°C (84°F) by May.
Sun umbrellas and beach chairs on a beautiful island, Philippines, Boracay
Summer begins to usher in not only the rainy season, but also the start of typhoon season. As a result, the summer and early fall months are not the best time to visit the island due to the threat of major storms, strong winds, heavy rains and high surf. If visitors do decide to go at this time, it is important to look at an extended forecast and be prepared for cancelled plans in the event of a storm. June is the wettest month for the summer with an average of 237mm of rain over an average of 20 days. July and August are not much drier with an average rainfall amount of 189mm in July and 186mm in August.
Despite the additional cloud cover, temperatures remain very warm with highs between 29°C (84°F) in July to 31°C (88°F) in June. August splits the two with highs of 30°C (86°F). Sea water temperatures during the time are more like bath water with temperatures remaining at 29°C (84°F) throughout the three months. Even with the rain, visitors who manage to dodge the storms will appreciate the warm waters surrounding Boracay in order to take advantage of the island’s numerous water sports.
Willy's rock on island Boracay, Phillippines
September, October and November make up fall and also make up some of the least popular times to visit the island. During this off-season, typhoons are a major threat and rainfall amounts remain high, especially in the month of October. October is actually one of the wettest months of the year with an average amount of 231mm falling over a period of 21 days. In September, 126mm of precipitation is expected over 19 days and November will record an average of 162mm of rain over a 17-day stretch. September and October also bring the chance of typhoons, although this threat will diminish by the time the calendar switches to November. September will be the warmest month of the three with average afternoon highs of 31°C (88°F). Average afternoon highs will drop slightly to 29°C (84°F) by November, but still be plenty warm enough for visitors to enjoy all of the outdoor activities. Average overnight lows will remain warm and hover between 24°C (75°F) and 25°C (77°F). Sea surface temperatures will also stay around 29°C (84°F).
Outside of June to October, Boracay is a fabulous place to visit. Visitors who do choose to vacation during the off-season will run the risk of running into some bad weather and the occasional typhoon. The good news is that the island of Boracay is somewhat sheltered and will generally not take a direct hit from an approaching storm. However, typhoons are just like hurricanes that affect the United States and the Caribbean and can bring lashing rains, gusty winds, high surf and storm surge. These storms can mean the cancellation of vacations, so it might be a good idea to purchase vacation insurance. The rest of the year offers nearly ideal weather for a vacation. With warm temperatures both on land and on the ocean, there is not much to keep visitors away. Combine the weather with great views, wonderful hospitality and plenty to do and the end result is a heavenly spot on earth that is just waiting to be visited.