As is true all over the Philippines, there are only two seasons in Boracay – the dry and wet seasons. These seasons go by the names Amihan and Habagat. The better weather happens from November to February, which is time for Amihan or the northeast monsoon. In these months, the skies are generally clear, the waves are calm and there are cool breezes all around. This is the time that is ideal for a stroll along Boracay’s world-famous white sand beach or an afternoon dip in its pristine blue ocean. The overall conditions are very good at this time of the year, which is why hotels and resorts are packed to the brim. Make a reservation months earlier to avoid the rush. Some backpackers actually resort to setting up tents on the white sand.
The Amihan season extends as far as March and until June but these months are much warmer and humid. The sun can be too hot for Western tourists who are not used to scorching heat and the humidity, best described as sweltering. Avoiding taking a swim or sunbathing from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. During this period, it is a better idea to find some shade to sit and play poker, or perhaps grab a bite to eat in a restaurant. Whatever you decide to do, you should avoid being in the sun. Doing otherwise can lead to bad skin rashes and, in the worst cases, to skin cancer. If you can’t help it, however, and absolutely must get into the water at such times, the best spot to swim along White Beach is beside Willy’s Rock. The unusual volcanic formation in shallow waters at the center of White Beach provides a much needed shade. [Read more…]