Boracay is located in the tropical zone, north of the equator. The dry season here is from mid-November to mid-June. The rest of the year is the rainy season. It is the monsoon wind that affects the weather conditions. From November to June the wind comes from the Pacific Ocean (east), while during the monsoon season the wind also called Habagat, comes from the South China Sea (west).
There are some occasional short-term rainfalls during the dry period but this rarely happen. These occasional rainfalls give the Philippines and Boracay lush vegetation. The temperature is lowest at the end of the rainy season (November). We have daytime temperatures down to 26 degrees Celsius in the shade. The temperature is highest at the end of the dry period and at the beginning of the rainy season, during which we have experienced up to 41 degrees Celsius in the shade. Humidity is reasonably high: 65-95%.
Boracay has a geographical location which provides special weather conditions. When it rains in the dry period, it does so usually at the evening and rarely during the day. The effect of Boracay’s geographical location with its weather conditions is more apparent during the rainy season. We are experiencing days where the sun is shining with cloudless sky over the island, while thick rain clouds drive toward the mountains in the mainland at the south.
Guests who come from Manila at the west and from Iloilo in the south, experience continuous rain, and local news report flooding conditions around the various islands in the Philippines. At the same time, we are enjoying the sun here at Boracay. As long as there are no storms or typhoon, Boracay is spared by the monsoon rains brought about by the rainy season.
In the rainy season, we are also experiencing lightning and thunder. We see numerous photographers who set themselves up to take some photos.
We have not been given any good scientific explanation of this meteorological phenomenon. But both the eastern and western side of Boracay is an "open sea", while in the south-east is the island of Panay with the high mountains. For an amateur in meteorology, it looks as if the wind coming in from the north-west presses the clouds coming in from the Pacific Ocean up in the mountains in the south and the humidity can be freed in the form of rain there. On the opposite side, Boracay is hidden by Luzon which is the largest island the Philippines, where among other places, Manila is located, and because of that rainclouds coming down from the South China Sea have already been freed over there and other islands, such as Palawan.
However, this special weather condition at Boracay gives us no guarantee of sun during the monsoon period. It may rain, and when it does, then it really rains. But oftentimes it rains in the evening or night.
We experience Philippines tropical storms (typhoon), coming in from the Pacific Ocean. The Typhoon belt goes north of Boracay, but we have seen in December 2006 the true power of nature when one typhoon came over the island. There were major damages on vegetation and a variety of buildings. Seventy five persons died in this typhoon in Boracay and in nearby areas. All of them were "boatmen" who attempted to rescue their banca boats, their livelihood and family. No tourists suffered major injury or died. After this typhoon, Boracay was without electricity and telephone in 4 days. Tropical storms can occur here especially in the rainy season.
Also this June, 2008 we had a tropical storm, pass near by Boracay - Fengshen, the photos below is shooten the during the storm and the day after, at White Beach and at Bulabog Beach. As we see, the storm was powerful. However, no major damage was done or no injury or dead.