The best time to visit Bali is between April and October, the island's dry season. Although the weather is ideal for travellers, the island is also subject to soupy, humid days throughout the year. Many shops offer sales and promotions; restaurants are less crowded in those mid-season months. You’ll be treated to lush showers of rain, overcast skies and thick clouds, ready to relinquish the rain. From June and August, the island is treated to sweeping gusts of winds. What’s especially beautiful about this season is the sight of hundreds of Balinese kites dancing in the wind – and why not? This is “kite season” as the Balinese locals call it. This is the time Bali is the busiest.
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If mixing with the festive crowds of people or spending your time on a bustling beach sounds right to you, then July-August and Christmas-New Year are two of the busiest slots in Bali’s calendar. July-August gives you a pleasant mix of rain and dry weather, with occasional showers and long sunny days. The weather of Bali in winter provides lush showers, and an increase of around 90mm of rainfall for the island.
Shoulder season invites you to enjoy great weather, at cheaper prices. The streets hum with energy but are not so busy to be called overcrowded. Very often, you’ll find that you can visit iconic temples, landmarks and other tourist spots without worrying about jam-packed crowds.
After the song and dance of New Years and Christmas, Bali settles down to a quiet simmer in the first 3 months of the year. Bali during low season is unapologetically rainy, and you’ll often need a raincoat or umbrella in hand if you choose to step out. Lower hotel prices and lesser crowds, though, are a great reason to start the year in Bali.
May to June
Dry and windy
Temperature: Avg. of 31 degrees Celsius high to 27 Celsius degrees low
Weather: Bali’s dry season is a big favourite amongst travellers across the globe. The weather in dry season of Bali draws in large crowds of foreigners during this season. Southeast winds carry warm, dry air on their wings from Australia to Bali’s sunny shores. The skies are bluer than you’ve ever seen, and the air is crisp. The sunny weather of the day tapers down to cooler temperatures in the evenings, the humidity is low, and the sea is primed for all kinds of adventure water sports. Catch the perfect curl of the wave when you surf or dive into the waters to explore a coral kingdom – this is after all the best climate to visit Bali.
Significant events: With the arrival of the powerful southeast winds, Bali prepares, kite in hand, for the annual Kite Festival during the July-August period. If you’re in Bali during the start of the season (April) don’t miss out on the Ubud Food Festival. In June (you’ll hear it before you see it) attend the Nusa Dali Blues festival – a big musical event in Bali, where many local and international bands play. In July, take a break from flying kites to visit the Bali Art Festival and in August, celebrate Bali’s Independence Day with the locals.
Why you should visit now: Combine spectacular weather, festival after festival and the perfect beach wave and you’ve got the recipe for a great vacation.
Know before you visit: Although this is the dry season, expect some rainfall or showers, so, carry sunblock and an umbrella!
Tips: Book your tickets and hotels in advance during this season. Owing to the dry season’s popularity amongst tourists, you may find things more expensive.
Temperature: Avg. of 27 degrees Celsius high to 25 degrees Celsius low
Weather: Steamy and just a little sticky – this is Bali’s wet season. Weather in the wet season of Bali means skies are grey, gloomy and overcast, the waves are a little rougher and the entire island goes from festive and celebratory (during the Christmas-New Year period) to quiet and contemplative (January and February). Many tourists do prefer this season as rates are cheaper and the crowds are manageable. Downpours of rain can soak this island from December to February. Although the beaches aren’t in the best condition, there are other sports like canyoning and white water rafting that are options for thrill seeking tourists.
Significant events: Bali may be shorter of tourists this season, but the island is just as busy with festival and experiences for locals and holidaymakers. November brings the Makepung Buffalo Races in Jembrana, West Bali. December is a month of great celebration – add the Denpasar festival to your Christmas and New Year agenda. January, February and March are quieter, but in March you’ll experience a whole new level of silence with the occurrence of Nyepi day – a day when all locals stay silent and are discouraged from using any light.
Why you should visit now: Rainy showers make for a beautiful island, and you’ll also have tourist spots largely to yourself as Bali is less crowded during this season.
Know before you visit: Try not to make this a beach trip! The weather in the wet season of Bali makes the sea too rough and the debris from Christmas and New Year celebrations usually leave the beaches dirty.
Tips: Swap the beach for a relaxing spa day!