It’s official. PAG-ASA has announced that the summer season is nearing its end, dear beach lovers. But if the sun is out and the rainy days are here, does this mean it’s time to stop booking beach trips? The answer: Never! Take for example the Philippines' premier tourist destination; did you know that the best time to visit Boracay is actually any time of the year you want?
You heard it —no need to put your swimsuits in your bottom drawer and hide away your snorkeling gear. Even if the Boracay weather is gloomy and the rains are pouring, the island is just as lovely as it during the hot summer season.
If you’re thinking of what you can do in Boracay this typhoon season, here are a few things you should know before booking a trip to Boracay this coming rainy season:
- Fares are marked down at a low price
- Accommodations offer special deals and discounts
- Great weather for water sports
- Experience a thrilling ATV ride
- See a different view with helmet diving
- Go around an almost empty oceanarium
- You can have a more relaxing vacation
- Staying in is not a problem
Read on to learn more about these need-to-know facts about the rainy season in Boracay.
1. Fares are marked down at a low price
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The greatest thing about traveling to Boracay during the rainy off-season is the incredible markdown on prices! Don’t be surprised if you’ve come across plane tickets to Kalibo that are 10 to even 25 percent lower than the usual rate.
Everything on the island remains the same. The only difference is the sun isn’t in full brightness during the day, and there are a few showers of rain here and there. But that’s not much of an issue if you’re already in one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Right?
2. Accommodations offer special deals and discounts
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If you think that fares are the only things that markdown during the rainy season in Boracay, think again! Most, if not all, accommodations offer great deals and discounts come the off-season. Keep your eyes peeled for hotel newsletters, online booking sites, or travel groups for updates on the hottest deals.
But you can always check out your desired hotel’s website to check out their off-season deals and the special discounts they have when you book with them directly. For example, Alta Vista de Boracay is currently offering an end of summer sale where you can book a room for as low as P2,500 a night! Booking period is May 23 until June 30, 2019. While the stay period is from June 1 until June 30, 2019. Book now and enjoy these amazing rates!
3. Great weather for water sports
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If you think that a little rain and strong winds can get in the way of you enjoying your favorite watersports, then you’re mistaken. In fact, it is because of the rain, wind, and waves that make doing water sport activities in Boracay during the rainy season more exciting!
You can jet ski through the rough waves of the sea. If you want something more thrilling, why not ride the big waves with wakeboarding activities. The adrenaline adventures never stop in Boracay, no matter what the weather may be. But remember, always practice the “Safety First” mindset. Be extra cautious when signing up for these water activities, especially during the rainy season. Take extra precaution and know the water sports safety tips beforehand. You can also ask the advice of lifeguards or professionals to make sure these activities are safe to do given the weather in Boracay.
4. Experience a thrilling ATV ride
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If you want to go around the island, then an ATV ride is the way to go! There are ATV and mountain bike tours that are available throughout the year. You can enjoy the picturesque view of the island, go through the rough trails of Boracay, and explore the hidden sports of Boracay island in a buggy or bike.
Don’t get too caught up in the adventure. The roads are rough and may be slippery during this time of the year. When riding an ATV or a motorbike, always keep in mind that safety always comes first! Make sure you’re wearing protective gear like a helmet and elbow or knee pads and that they’re always strapped on safely. If you’re not confident about your maneuvering skills, don’t be shy to ask the help of professionals to guide you.
5. See a different view with helmet diving
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Take in and experience a whole new world without all the complicated snorkeling gear or the heavy scuba diving equipment. Experience this activity for a good price during Boracay’s typhoon season. Get upclose and personal with the island’s variety of marine life. You can take a close look at underwater species in Boracay like the puffer fish, porcupine fish, underwater angels, and even Nemo (clown fish).
There is no rigorous swimming training needed. The whole experience is just like climbing down a ladder. Once you’re shoulder length with water, a clear glass plate or helmet will be put over your head for your oxygen source. Make sure that you’re wearing your helmet securely and that you can breathe properly. If there are any complications, don’t hesitate to tell your guide that you need assistance. When you’re all set, you will climb down even further until you’re 3 meters deep below surface water. Next thing you know, you’re strolling along Boracay’s seabed with an amazing view of the island’s underwater marine life.
6. Go around an almost empty oceanarium
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With the tourists away this off-season, this is the best time to visit Boracay’s popular destination: the Oceanarium at the basement of the Crown Plaza Hotel. Considered the biggest oceanarium in the Visayas region, the place offers more than just walking and looking around.
For the entrance fee of P600, you can take a stroll through Discovery Tunnel wherein the whole place is surrounded by clear glass and various marine life. More than that, if you are willing to pay an extra fee, then why not try their Aquarium Ocean Walk and Aquarium Scuba Diving. The ocean walk and scuba dive will let you be in the same space with sharks, turtles, and various breeds of fishes.
7. You can have a more relaxing vacation
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With the Boracay rainy season, there are generally fewer people on the island compared to the peak season. No long lines to the island’s famous restaurants, no large groups walking and hoarding the island’s white-sand shore, and fewer people are swimming at the beach.
That is why the months of June to November are definitely the best time to visit Boracay. This is especially true if you’re looking for a quiet vacation away from all the dirt and stress of the city. To add to your relaxing vacation, why not book a spa treatment at your hotel accommodation? Take advantage of the quiet ambiance and the ocean waves right by your balcony.
8. Staying in is not a problem
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Even though you can do all sorts of activities in Boracay during the rainy season, there may be days when the rain is too rough and the winds are too strong to go outside. But don’t let the bad weather get to you and your vacation vibes!
If you’re in excellent accommodation like Alta Vista de Boracay, there’s still a full option of facilities you can take advantage of. If traveling with family and the kids are getting antsy inside the hotel room, you can bring them to the hotel’s playroom and have them run around and release some energy. You also have the option to book a karaoke room for you and your friends to sing and dance your hearts out despite the gloomy weather. But if you just want to unwind and have a glass of beer, then the place has a sports bar you can visit as well.
As we said before, the best time to visit Boracay is anytime you want. Whether it’s during the hot summer season or raining off-peak season, Boracay remains to be a popular tourist destination among locals and foreigners. Make the most of your vacation no matter what season and find your worry-free escape at Alta Vista de Boracay. Book a reservation today!