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Best Time To Visit Balabac

When is the best time to visit Balabac? This is another tricky question we get asked a lot next to “Is Balabac safe?”. Straight out, the answer is during the Summer months of March, April, and May. During this time, expect tp see more people in the islands, although it will not compare to the number of people you will see in other islands during Summer. So, sorry because there is a low chance to be the only people on the island you will visit!

Not all people can travel during these months so this post will also discuss what to expect during other months of the year, especially considering the monsoons. However, these are the months when you have a higher possibility to enjoy the islands on your own!

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Summer is the best time to visit Balabac.

Weather Patterns in Balabac

Balabac is in the southwestern-most tip of the Philippines, and it is actually closer to Sabah Malaysia than to any other parts of the Philippines! This being said, you cannot generally apply to Balabac the weather that is happening to the rest of the country, which means that even if there’s Low Pressure area in north/central Philippines, Balabac will probably have better weather.

There are countless times that I have visited Balabac when the Philippines (specifically the northern/central part) is in rainy turmoil while Balabac is enjoying a good dose of sunshine. So how do you know what to expect when you are visiting Balabac outside the summer months? The key is to check the prevailing wind pattern! There are is another factor that will affect your visit in Balabac which is the tide level but that would be for another blog post.

Monsoons in the Philippines

There are two wind patterns that blow through the Philippines: Habagat and Amihan. Traveling to Balabac is okay even with these monsoons, but both these are strengthened whenever a typhoon hits the country, and this is what affects Balabac Palawan.
Monsoon (wind) only = okay to travel
Typhoon/Tropical Depression (rain) + Monsoon (wind) = expect a rainy and windy trip in Balabac

Habagat

Habagat is the wind pattern originating from Southwest of the Philippines which is characterized by warm and humid air. This blows from mid-June to mid-Sept. June is also the start of the wet/rainy season in the whole country, ie, forecast for tropical depression, low-pressure area, and typhoons are expected in different parts of the country. However, you can still visit Balabac at this time and get sunny days like it’s summer! Just pray that a typhoon or tropical depression will not visit the country with you.

Around October, a weakening Habagat and a starting Amihan play around the country.

Amihan

Amihan is the cold dry air that blows through the Philippines from the northeast which is dominant from November to February. December to February is the coolest time of the year in our country because of this wind. It strikes the eastern side of the Philippines and affects Balabac as well when it is strengthened by a typhoon/tropical depression. Like during the Habagat season, you can still visit Balabac in general but cancellation is a risk when there’s a typhoon during your visit.

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February 2019 Group from Philippines, France, Greece
people jumping on the sea
May 9-12 Group from PH, UK, Spain, Canada and USA

Best Time To Visit Balabac

To answer from a different perspective, any time of the year CAN be a good time to visit Balabac given that there is no typhoon or tropical depression which strengthens the winds in Balabac. So if you can, arrange your trip for Summer! But if not, you can still visit Balabac, just don’t bring some badluck. 🙂

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Mau
Mau
August 28, 2023
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The best island life experience All the team behind our Balabac trip was amazing and incredible! They were all friendly and helpful in our 4 days in Balabac. We went to the best and most pristine beaches in Balabac - and I must say, as a Filipino, this is probably the best beach I have seen in the Philippines! All the food they cooked and prepared were all delicious and the crabs were the bomb! We did karaoke two nights in a row and played volleyball with the local people in the village. The best way to enjoy Balabac!
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August 28, 2023
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Highly recommended! We had a great time! Really appreciated how love and dedication was put onto everything All of the personnel was very kind, food was great, tours very well planned .. So far, the highlight of our trip so we will recommend the tour to friends and family! ????
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Xandra
August 22, 2023
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Best place ???? We really enjoyed our stay in your little community.. we really feel the warmth and care as we enter your place..you guys are really so welcoming..and we also enjoy the food, it was all delicious..???? looking forward to visit again soon with my family and friends.. thank you so much and best regards! ????????????
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Mimi T
August 15, 2023
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This is vacation! I love the whole experience. This is what a vacation should be. Relaxed. Connecting with nature. No wifi! This is recharging your well-being. Kudos to your team for taking good care of us! Keeping us safe! They were diligent in following all protocols. Food servings were generous. Healthy eating.
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Emma Silvia Mancinella
July 30, 2023
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Best travel adventure This was the best thing we did in our backpacking trip to Southeast Asia. The islands are the most beautiful I’ve ever seen, the vegetarian food was really good and the best part of the trip was our guide Jeremy and the rest of the group! They were amazing! I would do this tour again any day! Thank you for having us ????
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Isabela
July 8, 2023
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Most authentic experience Thi experience was one of the best I have ever made. You will going to stay in an authentic Philippino village on the beach, eat simple but delicious food, enjoy amazing staff and people. This is not for everyone but only for who wants truly to leave an authentic experience, leaving at home expectation and comfort and just enjoy adventure. Balabac I think will be soon well known so I feel lucky that I can visit now. Highly suggested and I will be back as soon as possible. Thank you!
Nickola O
Nickola O
June 14, 2023
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We want to go back already! We went on the 4D3N tour and we absolutely loved it. The staff were lovely and food really good considering the location. The camp site is very basic as they mention but has everything you need and only adds to the experience. The islands you visit are so beautiful and quiet with the clearest water we have ever seen. This was definitely our highlight in the Philippines.
Isabel G
Isabel G
June 14, 2023
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Amazing tour and authentic island life Through this tour, we were able to authentically experience island life in the Philippines. The campsite was situated on a beautiful island with great spots for swimming, and sunset and sunrise watching. Accommodations are comfortable and basic, perfect for those looking for adventure and to experience something new. Food was very good, a lot better than I expected (3 meals a day with an afternoon snack). Island hopping days went seamlessly and were filled with beautiful sights and the most pristine beaches. The staff who helped with the tour were the best, very helpful, and fun, and with their expertise we were able to visit all the islands during the best times. I 100% recommend booking this tour.
Kendz
Kendz
June 14, 2023
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Genuine Island Life Experience in Balabac Thank you for making our stay the most comfortable and fun we can possibly hope for. We love all the food prepared for us, all islands that we visited and the lovely people we met. It was a good decision to choose you for this indelible unique experience, and truly, one of the most memorable trips my friend and I ever had. 'Til next time! Continue the good work you are doing there guys! P.S. I also hope there will be an effort to clean up the coastline, especially the walk on Punta Sebaring sandbar that has one of the best sunsets and powdery sand that Boracay will surely envy. Maybe, we can add some initiatives like asking tourists or even locals if they will want to join a clean up activity (no pressure of course!) in the morning to pick up bottles/ trash - sort of early sunrise bonding then coffee at the end..
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diggz j
June 6, 2023
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Superb The staff were very nice especially Jeremy who really took care of us from the start til the end of our tour, kudos to Jeremy!