I hear a lot of people planning to come to Boracay, and just waiting for the right time. Wait no more! One of the key things to being a good traveler is to know what to expect, weather-wise. So here I have mapped out some of the things you need to know to help you decide when you want to make a Boracay trip. Before all that, here’s a short summary of what the weather is like in Boracay.
Boracay is considered to have tropical weather all year round, with two main seasons. A year is divided into these two seasons, we call it Amihan and Habagat. To give you a better picture of what the weather is like, I have also included graphs for you to look over below.
October to May
Hot and Humid
Amihan is also known as the northeast monsoon wind, and this period is considered the high and peak season in Boracay. The winds come in from the northeast side of the island, from the direction of Bulabog Beach.
June to September
Cool, moderate to heavy rainfall
Habagat is also known as the southwest monsoon wind, this period is considered the low season in Boracay. The winds come in from the southwest side of the island, from the direction of White Beach.
Peak Season in Boracay
This is the peak time for visitors to the island. The sun is always shining and the water is calm, cool, and clear. Beautiful people from all over the world are soaking up the sun on the beach, swimming, and enjoying all of the island’s activities in the perfect weather. It’s an ideal time to visit Boracay!
Boracay Weather – October to March
From October to March, Bulabog Beach is the go-to destination for water sports enthusiasts. It’s known as “the number one kiteboarding beach in Asia” and offers the perfect setting to learn kiteboarding and windsurfing. The wind speed ranges from 15 to 25 knots on average, with some days reaching 30 knots or more. So, if you’re interested in kiteboarding or windsurfing, you should plan your trip to Boracay during these months. You don’t want to miss this amazing experience! Plus, watching the kiteboarders in action is a treat in itself. Additionally, competitions are scheduled during these months, and once the schedules are finalized, I will keep you updated.
Boracay Weather – December – January
The holiday season falls between the months of December and January, and one of the most exciting celebrations during this time is New Year’s Eve. Spending New Year’s Eve in Boracay is a truly memorable experience. People gather on White Beach to watch the fireworks, which are launched from boats out on the water. There are usually three sets of fireworks displays from Stations 1, 2, and 3, which can be viewed from any spot on White Beach. After the fireworks, you can join the party and celebrate all night with the rest of the crowd. My friends and I usually stay up until sunrise to welcome the first day of the new year.
Shortly after the holiday season, another exciting event takes place – the Ati-atihan festival. This is one of the biggest events in Malay Aklan, which celebrates the culture and heritage of the Aklan and the Atis. The festival takes place on the third week of January, and the locals dress up in colorful costumes and dance on the streets. You can watch the festival unfold from either White Beach or Kalibo!
Boracay Weather – March to April
This is the hottest time of the year as it’s summer in the Philippines. White Beach becomes busy with rowers from all over the world who come to compete in the International Dragon Boat Festival held in Boracay. As the competition date nears, practices become more intense. I tried to join once, but I couldn’t handle the cross-fit training. Now I simply cheer for my favorite team, Bugsay Boracay! You can see the rowing teams from Boracay practicing their drills on the beach for their competition at the end of April. The festival kicks off with a parade of all the teams on White Beach. If you’re a Dragon Boat fan or enthusiast, this is a perfect time to visit the island!
The Island in May
“I cannot talk about summer without mentioning Laboracay. In 2014, Labor Day weekend was named Laboracay and it has become one of the most significant events during the summer season. Many young adults visit Boracay for a 3 to 5-day party weekend. Big companies like Nestea, Smart, Hennessy, and Marlboro sponsor events and games, throw parties on White Beach and give out exciting prizes and free samples. This year, Hennessy distributed samples of their new cocktails. I also received a towel and a tumbler from Sprite for participating in a challenge similar to the ice bucket challenge. It was scorching hot, so it was all good! I will keep you updated once the event schedules and participating sponsors are finalized for 2016!”
LOW SEASON WEATHER MEANS LOW PRICES!
This is the time of the year when there are considerably fewer visitors on the island due to the rainy season, but those who picture an all-stormy Boracay during this period have unfortunately been misleading. This is in fact, my favorite time of the year. I love Habagat! The breeze comes in from White Beach, which means it’s a lot cooler, making it such a great place to hang out and just chill out. Like literally, it’s cold. We do get frequent rains, but this happens only half the day. We still get sun and when we do, we all head out to White Beach to enjoy it, minus the usual crowd you get during peak season!
Low Season from June to September
The low season is a great time to visit Boracay as airfare and hotel accommodation prices are lower. Even backpackers and avid travelers prefer to visit during this time. You can experience all the fun of the high season, but at a cheaper cost. Cebu Pacific Air is known for offering plane fares ranging from 1 peso to 500 pesos, especially during these months. During this time, I usually have friends visiting me and we get to do fun activities together. I recently tried flyboarding and it was super cool! I even fell in love with the hoverboard and had a chance to try it out at Xtreme Fun.
Despite the occasional rain and strong winds, kiteboarders and windsurfers continue to do their fearless tricks out on White Beach. Even though the wind is strong there, the water activities have not stopped. Instead, they have moved to Bulabog Beach where the water is calmer, but all activities are still available.
“Boracay is a beautiful destination that can be enjoyed at any time of the year. I am writing this message in the middle of July, and though it was raining earlier today, the trees now look greener, and the sun is shining brightly against a cloudless blue sky. I hope this information helps you decide on the best time to visit the island. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me through the numbers provided below.”
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My next topic covers all the beaches of Boracay. Did you know there were 18?