Sun-bathing in a gorgeous, palm-fringed, white-sand beach on a bright summer afternoon — this is you on your dream vacation in the Philippines. But what if the rainy season already kicks in? Is the Philippines still worth visiting? Why, yes! Flights and accommodations are cheaper during these wet months and with exciting things to do beyond frolicking under the sun, the fun definitely never stops here! Here are things you could do and places to visit in the Philippines during the rainy months of June to November:
Catch the best and biggest waves during the rainy monsoon or “habagat” season as it is called in surfing hotspots like Siargao Island, Baler, Dahican Beach in Davao, and Ilocos Norte. With extreme caution and care doing the sport, you’ll be guaranteed a great time surfing in the Philippines during these months.
Water Sports and Activities
The rush of water during the rainy season definitely brings more excitement to sea and river activities in the Philippines. Head to Cagayan De Oro City for a thrilling white-water rafting and river trekking adventure! Hop on a bus to the next town of Iligan City, dubbed as the “City of Majestic Waterfalls”, and enjoy a leisurely hike up to hidden waterfalls and cold spring resorts.
There is a certain charm to beaches when it is raining. While Boracay is the ultimate summer destination, it is also beautiful and much dramatic during the habagat season. The water activities are transferred to the “back beach” of Bulabog so there are fewer people basking on the main beach. The hotels and inns are also certainly cheaper. You can surely save money (and yourself from those painful sunburns, too)!
Avoid the cold raindrops and just shop ‘til you drop! The Philippines has some of the biggest malls in Asia and the world! You just don’t get to shop from day until night from wide variety specialty shops but even watch movies in iMax theaters, play bowling, go ice-skating, and dine out! Choose from among the huge supermalls like SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, and SM Seaside Cebu or search for local and cheap finds in Greenhills Shopping Center and Divisoria.
Churches and Museums
Rain-soaked while in the Philippines? How about soaking in Filipino culture and history! The abundance of century-old churches in almost every corner of the Philippines is something you should take advantage while being here, especially during the rainy season. The National Museum has just also announced that entrance is now free for locals and foreigners alike!
Rainy season = bed weather. What better way to cap all these activities than to cuddle up and warm yourself in a nice and comfortable hotel room! Catch your much-needed zzz’s in Z Hostel with their big customized beds, hotel quality linens, and ultra-soft pillows. Head to the roofdeck for some quiet time while gazing at the misty Makati skyline.
As much as the Philippines is a tropical, sunny paradise, it can also be a top destination pick during the rainy season. In case you get wet, might as well dance and have fun under the rain!