There are two main seasons in the Philippines – wet and dry. The wet months and the dry months around the Philippines vary according to area. Generally speaking, areas facing the west are affected by the southwest monsoon and are hit by rains and winds from July to October. Areas like Donsol and Manila face the west. Areas facing the east are affected by the northeast monsoon and are hit by rains and winds from November to January. Areas like Ticao Island and Malapascua face the east.
If you are looking for the best weather, calm seas, and the best diving conditions, we would recommend visiting from March to October. Visiting from November to January/February will mean that you don’t get the best weather or the calmest seas but these months are part of the whale shark season. Below is a chart on the weather patterns and the presence of the large marine life around Ticao Island. In addition to the Manta Bowl diving area where the large marine creatures are present, the dive areas of the Udoc and San Miguel islets have beautiful coral gardens and a rich collection of macro critters. So when visiting Ticao, make sure you dive our collection of big and small.