As one of the biggest provincial islands in the Philippines, weather in Palawan could differ from coastline to coastline. Basically, Palawan has two regional climate types:
- extreme provinces in southern and entire western coast has distinct wet and dry seasons which last approximately for six months each;
- eastern coasts of the province has a short dry season that usually last not longer than six months and no pronounced rainy season for the year’s remaining months.
Southern coastlines experience less stormy weather while northern coastlines have more occurrence of heavy rainfall from July to August. Rainy months start from June to October and dry months from November to May. Beware of September as it brings the most rain over the region. As much as possible, get the regular weather updates days before your tour when visiting Palawan especially during the typhoon season in the Philippines as seas go rough with big waves – making it difficult for travelers to move from ports to ports.
In higher altitudes, expect seasonal lower and cooler temperatures at 25°C while lowlands and coastal areas usually have 35°C high. During the day, the average temperature across the province will be 30°C during daytime and the average of 20°C at nighttime. January brings the coolest temperature and the hottest in May.
Best Travel Time
Summer is the best time of the year to go to Palawan. Sea trips are most comfortable and safest on months of late February to early June. Expect calmer seas and bluer skies in this season on all sides of the main island and surrounding islets. The soft northeast monsoon from October to April blows trade winds making windsurfing more enjoyable on these months. The mildest wind blows visits the island from April to May.
Palawan offers the best water visibility from February to May – making snorkeling and diving a blast experience during this time of the year. Keep in mind that only in these months, you can have a dive in the famous Sulu’s Tubbataha Reef though sea vessels from Puerto Princesa. The visibility ranges from three to ten meters in months of December to February; ten to fifteen meters from June to November and ten to thirty meters from March to May.
Palawan is rarely visited by typhoons and earthquakes. Annual rainfall is 1, 475mm on average. Wet season begins in June and most wise vacationers avoid heading to Palawan in this month and the four months thereafter unless you want to be stuck under the bad weather conditions. However, in rainy days with no pending storms news, beach resorts would still offer activities such as diving and snorkeling. Again, note Palawan as the safest haven for typhoons in the Philippines.
Travelers should know that longer rains take place in the eastern side of the main island. In that case, go somewhere northern or western to shun away from the rain. Tropical depressions dwindle sometime in November but mizzles will continue until March on the eastern side. Though it might rain but expect to have clear skies so you can start packing your luggage on this period.