Philippines in May

May to October is the monsoon season in the Philippines when it is hot and wet, though the rain is by no means constant, certainly not enough to affect travel plans. Northern areas are usually worse affected, and it gets progressively drier as you head further south. In the capital Manila, the most rain falls in September (about 330 mm), but it varies as the Philippines is spread over a large geographical area of 7,000 islands and islets. Temperatures at this time regularly top over 32 °C (89.5 °F). Cebu is the driest and coolest area at this time, and many travel here to take advantage of the more temperate weather. Typhoon season is at its height between August and October, and those that make landfall can be severe, so it is worth checking ahead to see where is worst affected.

Suggested Itineraries

Classic Philippines

Beginning in the bustling capital of Manila and finishing in the relaxing paradise of El Nido, this 11-day itinerary takes you through the Philippines' most popular destinations. Taste Manila's Chinese-Filipino heritage, witness centuries-old rice terraces, explore caves and see the hanging coffins, and lounge on white sand beach on this balanced getaway.

Interest Diving
Duration
11 days / 10 nights
Price Per Person
From $7,400

Adventure and Relaxation in Batanes and El Nido

Begin your Philippines adventure by trekking to a volcano within a volcano and a lake within a lake. While the trip starts off active, finish your 13-day holiday by lounging on El Nido’s lush white-sand beaches. This is a luxurious adventure balanced with culture, history and of course, fun in the sun. 

Interests Beaches, Open Spaces, Post-covid Wellness
Duration
13 days / 12 nights
Price Per Person
From $9,100

Caramoan Peninsula Explorer: From Manila and Luzon to Donsol and Siargao

ATV rides, swimming alongside the world’s largest fish, and relaxing on lush gold-sand beaches are all in store on this 15-day luxurious adventure through the Caramoan Peninsula in the tropical Philippines chain. Enjoy helicopter rides and a full day’s pampering at an exclusive spa on this one-of-a-kind holiday.

Interest Romance
Duration
15 days / 14 nights
Price Per Person
From $43,200

Colors & Cultures of Negros, Philippines

An incredible fusion of Latin and Asian culture, the Negros is home to a fascinating atmosphere in the Philippines. This 13-day itinerary takes you to an authentic Filipino festival, inside old-world churches, into the vibrant barrier reefs and inside a culture unique the world over found only in the Negros-chain.

Interests Romance, Heritage
Duration
12 days / 11 nights
Price Per Person
From $4,700

Culture and Diving in the Philippine Islands

Divers and snorkelers alike will delight in this 17-day two-part luxurious holiday in the Philippines. The first half is spent exploring the Filipino culture, natural features and history. The second half is spent exploring the active corals, several dive sites and lush white-sand beaches from a lush cruise charter.

Interests Diving, Luxury Cruises
Duration
17 days / 16 nights
Price Per Person
From $17,200

From the Relaxing Philippines to Fast-Paced Hong Kong

Embark on an exciting 12-day adventure through the Philippines, starting in Manila, where you’ll visit Intramuros city, and continue on to the cobblestone streets of historic Vigan and Bohol’s chocolate hills. Round off the trip with a luxurious stay in Hong Kong, capturing the iconic skyline from Victoria Peak.

Interest Romance
Duration
12 days / 11 nights
Price Per Person
From $8,300

Heritage and Islands of the Philippines

Island hop through the idyllic Philippines on this 16-day luxury tour. Visit several of the country’s historical heritage sites, relax on serene beaches and experience Latin-Asian fusion cultures. Gorge on fresh local food in the popular markets. Search for lively fish as you snorkel Palawan's active coral reefs.

Interests Diving, Wildlife
Duration
16 days / 15 nights
Price Per Person
From $11,400

Island-Hopping in the Central Philippines

There’s no need to narrow down which heavenly island you will visit in on this 12-day trip through the Central Philippines island chain. Revel in luxury as you stay in the best hotels throughout your journey. Stroll along white-sand islets and snorkel alongside beautiful sea turtles on this exciting adventure.

Interests Romance, Beaches, Island Retreats
Duration
12 days / 11 nights
Price Per Person
From $4,400

Pristine Palawan

Explore natural limestone caves and cliffs in Puerto Princesa, take a river cruise inside a subterranean cave and snorkel lively coral reefs. Stay in the finest hotels in the Philippines for complete relaxation as you enter the perfect gateway for discovering the country’s historical past on your 12-day luxury trip.

Interests Beaches, Romance, Post-covid Wellness
Duration
12 days / 11 nights
Price Per Person
From $8,000

Trekking the Terraces and Beyond

This National Geographic Traveler award-winning trip provides an insightful glimpse of the capital, Manila, as well as rice terrace treks in Banuae and excursions to the cliffs of Sagada and tropical forests of Baguio, across 7 adventurous days.

Interests Trekking, Unesco
Duration
7 days / 6 nights
Price Per Person
From $4,000

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