The Philippines

 

       Boracay Island               Luzon Island               Cebu Island

 

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Map of the Philippines

Cebu Island

Cebu is located to the east of Negros, to the west of Leyte and Bohol Islands. Cebu is a long narrow island stretching 225 kilometers from north to south, surrounded by 167 neighboring, smaller islands. Cebu has narrow coastlines, limestone plateaus and coastal plains. It also has rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges traversing the northern and southern lengths of the island. Source

Map of Cebu

Weather and Climate of Cebu

Cebu’s weather is relatively moderate, having no distinct wet and dry season, the perfect vacation spot for all seasons. One can bask under the sunshine the whole year through since Cebuis blessed with tropical climate. Humidity is 78 percent and the warmest months are between December and February, while the wettest time of the year occurs during November. Source

Average Annual Rainfall – 1,638.20 mm
Minimum Monthly Rainfall – 50.4 mm
Maximum Monthly Rainfall – 206.50 mm
Mean Temperature Range- 26.49 C – 28.79 C
Minimum Temperature Range- 22.69 C
Maximum Temperature Range- 33.19 C    Source

Cebu Island Temperature

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Luzon Island

Luzon is the largest island in the Philippines. It is located in the norther nmost region of the archipelago. To the west of Luzon island is the South China Sea, to the east is the Philippine Sea, and to the north is Luzon Strait. Luzon is the economic and political center of the Philippines, being home to the country’s capital city, Manila. Source

Map of Luzon

 

 

Weather and Climate of Luzon Island

The climate of the Philippines is tropical and strongly monsoonal (i.e., wet-dry). In general, rain-bearing winds blow from the southwest from approximately May to October, and drier winds come from the northeast from November to February. Thus, temperatures remain relatively constant from north to south during the year, and seasons consist of periods of wet and dry.

Throughout the country, however, there are considerable variations in the frequency and amount of precipitation. The western shores facing the South China Sea have the most marked dry and wet seasons. The dry season generally begins in December and ends in May, the first three months being cool and the second three hot; the rest of the year constitutes the wet season. The dry season shortens progressively to the east until it ceases to occur.

During the wet season, rainfall is heavy in all parts of the archipelago except for an area extending southward through the center of the Visayan group to central Mindanao and then southwestward through the Sulu Archipelago; rain is heaviest along the eastern shores facing the Pacific Ocean.

From June to December tropical cyclones often strike the Philippines. Most of these storms come from the southeast, their frequency generally increasing from south to north; in some years the number of cyclones reaches 25 or more. Typhoons are heaviest in Samar, Leyte, south-central Luzon, and the Batan Islands, and, when accompanied by floods or high winds, they may cause great loss of life and property. Mindanao is generally free from such storms.

November through February constitutes the most agreeable season; the air is cool and invigorating at night, and the days are pleasant and sunny. During the hot part of the dry season in most places— especially in the cities of Cebu, Davao, and Manila—the temperature sometimes rises as high as 100 °F (38 °C). Overall temperatures decline with elevation, however, and cities and towns located at higher elevations—such as Baguio in northern Luzon, Majayjay and Lucban south of Manila, and Malaybalay in central Mindanao—experience a pleasant climate throughout the year; at times the temperature in those places dips close to 40 °F (4 °C). Source

Luzon Island Temperature

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Boracay Island

Boracay is an island of the Philippines located approximately 315 kilometers(196 miles) south of Manila and 2 kilometer off the northwest tip of Panay Island in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines.

Boracay’s two primary tourism beaches, White Beach and Bulabog Beach, are located on opposite sides of the island’s narrow central area. White Beach faces westward and Bulabog Beach faces eastward. The island also has several other beaches.

Weather in Boracay is generally divided into two seasonal weather patterns known locally as the Amihan and Habagat seasons. The Amihan season is characterized by moderate temperatures, little or no rainfall, and a prevailing wind from the east. The Habagat season is characterized by hot and humid weather, frequent heavy rainfall, and a prevailing wind from the west.

To enter Philippines Korean visitors must have:

A passport with at least 6 months validity from the date of entry
A return or onward ticket if flying by commercial carrier

Nationals from most countries can enter the Philippines for 21 days on arrival, which can be extended up to 60 days.

Visas are required prior to arrival for nationals of the following countries:

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belize, Bosnia-Herzegovina, China, Peoples Republic of (PROC), Croatia, Cuba, East Timor, Egypt, Estonia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Georgia, India, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Moldova, Nauru, Nigeria, North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea), Pakistan, Palestine, Russian Federation, Sierra Leone, Slovenia – Regular passport holders only; diplomatic and official passport holders do not need entry visas, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tonga, Turkmenistan,  Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Yemen, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Holders of Taiwanese passports.

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