The Philippines has only two seasons: Dry and wet. The dry season is from December to June. Surface temperatures average 25 degrees Celsius from December to February, and can go as high as 38 degrees from March until June. This is also the peak tourist season, as most sunworshippers take advantage of the pleasant weather.
The wet season is from July until November, with temperatures on the surface ranging from 28 to 30 degrees Celsius.
An average of 20 typhoons or tropical storms sweep through the Philippines each year, usually in the wet season from July to November. Boracay very rarely experiences a direct hit, however. Most typhoons graze the eastern part of the Philippines and go north towards Taiwan.
The Philippines has very high humidity. This means that brief rainshowers can occur anytime, but since the weather doesn’t matter underwater, scuba diving is a popular year-round activity.
A special note about monsoons: From November to March, the northeast monsoon, or amihan, blows across Boracay, creating optimum conditions for windsurfing and kiteboarding along the eastern shore. Winds are usually strongest from late December to early February. During these months, diving is limited to the western side of Boracay.
The habagat, or southwest monsoon, affects Boracay from July to October, sometimes creating 2-meter waves on the western side of the island. Scuba diving is restricted to Boracay’s eastern part during this period.
The electricity on Boracay Island is 220v AC, 60 cycles.
While the power company, AKELCO, is currently upgrading its services, power failures, locally called “brownouts”, are still common, so in choosing a place to stay, be sure to ask if they can ensure 24-hour power.
Bottled drinking water is available at all resorts, restaurants and grocery stores on Boracay Island. In some establishments, tap water is not potable. Be sure to ask before you drink. Drink lots of water to avoid dehydration.
Mosquitoes are not really a problem, but they do become aggressive around sunset time. We recommend that you use insect repellent when you go outdoors.
Metropolitan Doctors Medical Clinic and Island Clinic have doctors on call 24 hours a day. House calls can be arranged on request. Farmacia Gomez and Harlem Drugstore are two of the largest pharmacies on Boracay.
For scuba divers, hyperbaric physician Dr. Maria Cristina Teotico can be contacted at the Metropolitan Doctors Medical Clinic. The nearest recompression chamber is one hour away at Saint Patrick’s Hospital in Batangas City.
The Philippine peso is divided into 100 centavos. Banknotes are available in denominations of 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000. The most common coins are 25 centavos, one peso, five pesos and ten pesos.
The larger business establishments accept all major credit cards and traveler’s cheques, although some places may add a surcharge for credit card payments. Cash payments in Philippine peso, US dollars or Euro are commonly accepted.
Three banks– Allied Bank, located on the main road between Boat Stations 2 and 3, and Bank of the Philippine Islands and Metro Bank, also on the main road near D’Mall– offer full banking services including foreign currency exchange of bank notes and traveler’s cheques. All have ATMs on-site.
Cirrus, Maestro, American Express and Mastercard cardholders can also withdraw cash at these ATMs, but due to high demand, funds may not be readily available.
Post and Communications
There is a small post office at Balabag Plaza, open on weekdays only. The Boracay Tourist Center also has a faster but costlier postal service. Parcels may be sent via LBC or JRS Express.
There are many internet cafes on Boracay. Most offer broadband connections. Inso Internet Café and Tourist Center Intenet are just two of the larger ones. New Wave Divers provides free Wi-fi access to our customers. There are also many Wi-fi hotspots around Boracay.