It isn’t exactly convenient that just when it’s stifling hot in the western side of the world, it’s raining in the Philippines making travel to the islands not such an exciting idea. But before you remove the Philippines from your summer bucket list, you might want to consider traveling to some destinations that are, in fact, best explored during the rainy season.
So here are five of the best Philippine destinations for the rainy season. Explore them, enjoy them, rave about them. Don’t forget to bring your umbrella!
1. Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte
Surfing in the Philippines is best experienced during the Habagat Season (October until early January). Siargao is quickly becoming an extremely popular destination for surfers from all over the world. Whether you are a seasoned surfer or just beginning to learn the sport, heading out to Siargao will be a great experience. And while you’re in Siargao, it would be an opportune time to explore the other wonders Surigao like Bucas Grande, Enchanted River, Britannia Isles and Tinuy-an Falls.
2. Cagayan de Oro City
The City of Golden Friendship is definitely a must-visit this rainy season. It’s the best place to experience white water rafting, an exhilarating water sport that will definitely get you wet even when it’s not raining. Cagayan de Oro is a developed city with plenty of accommodations, shopping, dining and entertainment venues, and exciting attractions. It is also a great springboard to exploring central Mindanao. Camiguin is just a ferry ride away and Bukidnon is also nearby.
3. Davao City
The city of the famous durian is an ideal year-round destination but it becomes even more special in August because of the Kadayawan Festival. The festival is one of the biggest in the Philippines, a gathering of the 10 tribes of the Davao Region to share their culture, products and beauty to thousands of tourists. And there is no need to worry about rain, Davao City experiences evenly distributed rainfall all year so there’s little chance you’ll get soaked while you join in the festivities. The Kadayawan Festival’s highlights, the Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan (street dancing) and Pamulak sa Dalan (floral float parade) are usually held on the second or third weekend of the month.
4. Camiguin Island
While Camiguin is a reputed beach destination in Mindanao, it is also a great destination for fans of hot springs. The Island Borne of Fire has a good number of hot springs that will definitely keep you warm while the air temperature is not so. Camiguin is also a great place for a leisurely dive and maybe you’d be interested in exploring the mysterious sunken cemetery just off the coast. When you get tired of being in the water, there are mountains to climb and trails to follow all over the island. Don’t forget to buy a box of their heavenly pastel, too! That definitely never goes out of season!
5. Camarines Sur
Fond of extreme water sports? Try wakeboarding at the CamSur Watersports Complex. It’s a fun, safe yet challenging sport that will surely keep your adrenaline pumping. The entire property has everything a holiday-maker needs: comfortable accommodations, an eco-park, restaurants, a swimming pool and lots of recreation areas. It also does not hurt that the now-famous Caramoan Islands (Survivor26) is in the same province. And did we mention the spicy food of the Bicol Region? It’s simply perfect to offset the cold!
Do you know of other Philippine destinations for the rainy season that are not in this list? Let us know by commenting below!