Cebu, Philippines: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Cebu, Philippines? If you're planning to go to Cebu, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Cebu, Philippines

Based on the climate and weather in Cebu, the best time to go is April. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Cebu, Philippines by month

January

January in Cebu is pretty consistently hot. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Dresses
  • Shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals
  • Skirts
  • Rain coat

February

If you vacation in Cebu during February, you are likely to find that it is extremely hot. Temperatures tend to hover around the 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 70s F (mid 20s C).

Humidity is generally between 70 and 80% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunglasses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Shorts
  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Dresses
  • Skirts

March

If you vacation in Cebu during March, you are likely to find that it is extremely hot. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 70s F (mid 20s C).

Humidity is generally between 70 and 80% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Skirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella
  • Shorts
  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Dresses

April

April in Cebu is extremely hot. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters.

During this time, temperatures average in the 80s F (high 20s C) to low 90s F (low 30s C), although night temperatures can dip into the 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals
  • Skirts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Dresses
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain coat
  • Shorts
  • Short sleeve shirts

May

If you vacation in Cebu during May, you are likely to find that it is constantly hot. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 90s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Shorts
  • Skirts
  • Rain coat
  • Dresses
  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Short sleeve shirts

June

June in Cebu is really hot. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 80s F (low 30s C), although night temperatures can dip into the 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat
  • Shorts

July

If you are traveling to Cebu in July, you will notice that it can be sweltering and somewhat stormy. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the high 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Dresses
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • Shorts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof footwear

August

If you are traveling to Cebu in August, you will notice that it is extremely hot. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the high 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Dresses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Shorts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sandals

September

If you go to Cebu in September, you will notice that it is consistently hot and somewhat stormy. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the high 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts
  • Umbrella
  • Sunglasses
  • Skirts
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Short sleeve shirts

October

If you go to Cebu in October, you will notice that it is really hot and somewhat stormy. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the high 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Shorts
  • Umbrella
  • Dresses
  • Rain coat
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sandals
  • Sunglasses

November

November in Cebu is consistently hot. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters.

During this time, temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C) to high 80s F (low 30s C), although night temperatures can dip into the 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Skirts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Rain coat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Shorts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Umbrella

December

December for Cebu is extremely hot. Temperatures average in the 80s F (low 30s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Umbrella
  • Sandals
  • Shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • Skirts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Cebu, Philippines

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Cebu, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types A, B and C
  • A SIM card that works in Cebu
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • If you are visiting a temple, pack respectful clothing
  • Theft can be a problem, so pack theft protection, including locks for luggage and a money belt or pouch
  • Appropriate museum wear

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