Philippines weather & when to go: May

May overview

May is one of the hottest months of the year in the Philippines, with temperatures often reaching 34°C and high humidity levels, particularly around Manila. 

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May's weather in detail

Locations at higher altitudes - such as the Cordillera region, and coastal areas such as the resorts of Palawan and Siargao experience slightly more bearable temperatures but essentially it's hot, hot, hot throughout the country. 

Towards the end of May, with wet season just around the corner, rainfall is not uncommon, but the rains help break the humidity making life a little more comfortable.

In a party mood? Then don’t miss the vibrant Flores de Mayo festivals that take place across the Philippines during May. Every region organises its own celebrations which involves thousands of colourful flowers and a variety of musical and cultural events.

 Where's the sun and sand?

Manila, Bohol, Boracay, Cebu, Palawan, Vigan & Northern Luzon, Siargao

Our recommended journeys

Philippines With Ease balances a handful of must-see highlights with plenty of blissful R&R downtime. Explore Manila’s eclectic metropolis, feasting on its vibrant cuisine; unwind amid the natural wonders of Palawan, cruising along the Puerto Princesa underground river; and relax on El Nido’s sundrenched island beaches.

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Key Festivals & Religious Ceremonies

 Flores de Mayo

A month long, vibrant countrywide celebration of the coming of the rains.

 Pahiyas

On 15th May several towns celebrate this harvest festival.

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