The Weather in Bohol
One of the best places to dive Bohol is Cabilao Island. Situated on the picturesque island of Pangangan, right next to Cabilao Island, Cabilao Diving dive center enjoys an idyllic tropical climate all year-round. While we are surrounded by glimmering turquoise waters, we are mostly shielded from the power of tropical cyclones that often hit other parts of the Philippines, such as those seen in Cebu, Mindanao, Samar and Leyte.
Our climate here in Bohol doesn’t variate much throughout the year, meaning no matter when you stay with us, you’ll relish the welcoming tropical climate on land, with equally warm temperatures below the waves.
For both divers and land-dwellers, we have prepared an explanation of our climate, seasons and diving conditions. We hope that the following information will help you decide when to visit Bohol, depending on what activities you have in mind. Whether you’re a beach bum, a nature lover or an underwater explorer, our detailed explanation below should assist you in deciding your vacation dates.
When is The Best Time to Dive Bohol?
The weather on Bohol is great year-round to dive Bohol, thanks to its warm tropical climate. No matter when you dive, water temperatures are warm, ranging between 26˚C and 31˚C throughout the seasons. Our dive sites typically entail calm surface conditions and minimal currents, but it is possible to enjoy action-packed drift diving if we time it right. If our chosen dive site for the day has current or waves, it’s usually not a problem, as we can visit a number of protected sites that aren’t exposed to wind nor currents.
Dive Bohol from November to May – The Drier, High Tourist Season
While Bohol’s diving season is year-round, there are a few changes that occur throughout the year, even if they’re only minimal. November to May is the high season, and often considered the best time to dive in the Philippines, and thus in Bohol, thanks to the wonderful hot weather seen during this time. Rain is considerably less frequent during these months, and the humidity is not as overpowering. The ocean is a little cooler, but still very comfortable, ranging between 26˚C and 29˚C. Even the most thermally-challenged divers feel content diving in a 3mm or 5mm wetsuit. If you get really chilly, perhaps bring a dive hood with you and an extra underlayer to wear under your wetsuit.
Dive Bohol from May to October – The Wet, Low Tourist Season
From May to October, we experience the low season, when there are fewer tourists on the island. It also coincides with the climate’s wet season. But don’t let that put you off! We say the “wet season” but in reality we might see a few short downpours that typically don’t last very long, and are often followed by clear sunny skies. The climate is notably hotter, stickier and more humid during this season, so leave your winter coats at home.
Despite the higher frequency of rainfall and storms in these months, all our dive sites continue to be great. The waters are warmer, ranging between 30˚C and 31˚C, and divers can appreciate empty dive sites here, (even though our dive sites on Cabilao and Pangangan Island are never busy anyway!)
What’s more, during this time, you’ll likely be able to bag a bargain on flights, travel and accommodation during this time, as it’s the country’s low season. You’ll also enjoy lesser crowds at many of Bohol’s popular tourist spots.
When is The Best Time to Visit Bohol?
The cooler season from November to February is often the most popular time to visit. You can generally expect sunny, clear skies and hot days, with cooler evenings and nighttime that provide a refreshing atmosphere after the daytime heat. While air temperatures are very warm, they aren’t too stifling and humid. The ocean temperature is slightly colder than in the summer during this period, lingering between 26˚C and 29˚C.
Bohol’s summer time lasts from March to May, when the climate is noticeably hotter than normal. However, unlike much of South East Asia, Bohol does not really have a well-defined dry season. Rainfall is possible any day of the year, and usually passes quickly. For travelers adamant on visiting the Chocolate Hills in their famed “chocolate color”, it’s ideal to visit Bohol during this summer season from March to May.
May to October is the low season, and also the wettest season. Downpours are usually short though and expose clear sunny skies after the rain. It’s often much hotter and humid during these months due to the wetter atmosphere. The warmest water temperatures are seen in this season, which range from around 30˚C to 31˚C. From July to September, tropical typhoons are a possibility, however, they are very rare here in Bohol.
July to September
Also, it’s important to note that from May to October, especially between July and September, typhoons are possible, though they are quite rare here in Bohol. The honest truth is that rain can be highly unpredictable in tropical countries like the Philippines. You’d be surprised how clear and sunny it often is during the “rainy season”, and also how wet the “dry season” can sometimes be.
Our Final Word on Dive Bohol
It’s very difficult to ascertain exactly what kind of weather you’ll get during your stay. However, take it from us who live here – our climate is overall hot, humid, sunny and clear all year-round, with a few short showers in between, with the odd exception of a storm every now and again of course, just as with any tropical country! Our diving conditions are generally excellent, with warm, clear tropical waters. If you have any questions about the weather and diving conditions during your planned vacation dates, please don’t hesitate to ask us. We are happy to help!