It can be hard to find a clear answer about the best time to visit Bali, given the wide range of factors that can influence a visit.
But here, we give you a straightforward rundown that will answer all your questions about visiting Bali according to both the time of year and your personal interests. Read on for some great advice!
When is the Best Time to Visit Bali?
As an equatorial destination, Bali enjoys warm, tropical temperatures year-round, with the yearly average hovering around 27°C to 29.5°C (80°F to 85°F). You’ll never run into cold weather here, although you may encounter quite a lot of rain.
Because of this, the driest months of June, July and August are generally considered the best time to visit Bali.
Seasons in Bali
There are two distinct “seasons” in Bali: dry and rainy.
While Bali sees the heaviest humidity and rain from October to March, the dry season generally lasts from April to September. However, the driest months also bring peak tourist numbers and high-season prices.
So, if you don’t mind a few days of rain, you might opt for some well-planned travel in October, before the monsoon really sets in and the price of accommodations, flights and activities could be 30% to 50% lower.
Visiting Bali During the Dry Season
BALI WEATHER INFORMATION
Period: April to September
Temperatures: A fairly consistent 27°C or 29°C (80°F to 85°F ), with peak temperatures of 33°C or 34°C (91°F to 93°F) in April or May
Rainfall: An average of 17 days of rain in April, gradually decreasing to about 10 days of rain in July and August. Rainfall begins to rise slightly again in September, with about 13 days of rain. In millimeters, you’ll see about 70 mm of rain in April and May, decreasing to just 40 mm in July and August, and rising to 50 mm in September.
What to pack
This is prime time to enjoy the beach, water activities, tanning and sunset cocktails!
Bring your swimming gear, water shoes and snorkeling equipment if you’ve got it. Don’t forget your sunblock, as this high-demand commodity tends to be overpriced in Bali.
As for wardrobe, you’ll want to bring light, breathable clothing, with one extra layer for overly air-conditioned settings that can be quite chilly and for nights that can be cool, especially if you plan to head to higher altitudes.
Where to go
Dry season makes for lovely travel and great access throughout Bali. This is prime time for jungle treks, bicycle journeys and photo pops of perfectly sun-drenched beaches.
If you want to learn to surf, the famed beaches of Kuta, Uluwatu and Padang Padang on the west coast offer great waves for all skill levels—although they also come with great crowds.
If budget is a concern, you may want to avoid the large resorts in major tourist areas during dry season, as they’ll be charging their highest rates of the year in July and August.
The Bali Arts Festival in June and July offer a vibrant and colorful opportunity to see many of Bali’s captivating performance arts, such as Balinese dance, gamelan concerts and shadow puppetry.
Stick around for the Bali Kites Festival in July and August, when thousands of colorful and elaborate kites take to the blue skies from Bali’s many beaches!
And on August 17, the whole nation comes out to celebrate Indonesian Independence Day with parades, fireworks and general merry-making.
Our recommended tours to visit Bali during the Dry Season
Traveling to Bali during the Rainy Season
BALI WEATHER INFORMATION
Period: October to March
Temperatures: A fairly consistent 26 to 27 degrees C (78 to 80 degrees F), with highs in the low 30s C (low 80s F)
Rainfall: You’ll see a lot of rain during this half of the year. You’ll get an average of 15 days of rain in October, gradually rising to 23 days of rain a month from December to March. In millimeters, you’ll see roughly 60 mm of rain in October, 70 in November, then 90 from December to March.
What to pack
With high temperatures, peak humidity and frequent rain, you’ll want to bring light, fast-drying clothing and a lightweight, waterproof layer.
Water-resistant sandals and shoes, such as flip-flops, Crocs and athletic sandals can be very handy for walking in the rain as well as on the beach.
And, if you don’t want to cram an umbrella into your luggage, you can easily purchase one at any 7-Eleven or convenience store in Bali.
Where to go
The wet season turns the Balinese countryside into a lush landscape of greenery.
This makes October to March the best time of year to visit the famous rice paddies of Bali, which will be at their emerald-hued prime.
If you’re into surfing, you’ll certainly want to check out the bigger waves whipped up by monsoon winds on the eastern side of the island, including Sanur, Keramas, Nusa Dua, Turtle Island and Sri Lanka (not the country!).
Otherwise, you can enjoy a lovely holiday throughout the island at competitive rates.
The first Galungan of the year occurs in February. A deeply historical and cultural holiday that commemorates the spread of Hinduism in Bali, Galungan is observed by erecting decorated bamboo poles along every road in Bali, along with great communal feasting.
The second Galungan of the year falls in September. March is also a great month for festivals, with Nyepi, or Hindu New Year, falling around this time of year, along with more local or regional celebrations, such as the piodalan anniversary of Uluwatu Temple.
On this day, the legendary temple is painstakingly decorated and welcomes droves of pilgrims dressed in their best temple clothes.
Our favorite tours to recommend during Bali’s Rainy Season
When is the Rainy Season in Bali: Our Tips
A word to the wise: rainy season can be a wonderful and cost-effective time to visit Bali, but it comes with a few precautions.
Monsoons can cause some minor flooding, roads can become congested, and rural roads can be washed out or become prone to mudslides. If you’re planning a motorcycle or bicycle trip through Bali, avoid going this time of year.
Jungle treks and hiking expeditions are also best avoided during the wet season, due to slippery terrain. Some areas might even be impossible to access.
If you’re hoping to get some great shots of your beach vacation, don’t count on it on Kuta Beach or the more heavily-trafficked beaches of the south, where the rains can stir up a lot of debris and pollution.
Climate in Bali
Climate by month
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Usually Bali’s wettest month, January brings high humidity and most days of the month are rainy. Prepare for some minor flooding around Denpasar and Kuta.
Expect frequent rain and high humidity, though a little better than January.
The transition to dry season begins in March, with fewer days of rain.
Humidity drops way down in April. You’ll see much less rain, and perhaps even slightly lower temperatures as the climate transitions to the more temperate dry season.
Dry season has officially arrived, with fewer than 10 days of rain during the month and lower humidity.
Daily highs and humidity continue to dip down in June, bringing with it some of the best weather in Bali.
Ideal weather continues throughout July, with lower daily highs and lower humidity. You’re likely to only see a few scattered days of showers.
Perfect. That’s how we’d describe the weather in August, which is the month during which Bali enjoys its lowest humidity, lowest daily highs and lowest rainfall.
You’re likely to see an increase in rainfall and daily highs as the weather begins to transition to the wet season.
Rainfall becomes more frequent at roughly 10 to 12 days out of the month, and both humidity and daily temps increase.
Welcome to the wet season. About half the days of the month will see rainfall, although this varies from year to year.
Rainfall will spike in December, bringing with it much higher humidity. However, this doesn’t stop many tourists from descending on Bali for their Christmas holidays.
Best time to visit Bali – by Region
Along the Coast
The famed beaches of Bali will seem like heaven on earth during the dry season, but if you’re heading to South Bali, be prepared to experience heaven crowded with tourists and surfers.
But don’t fret, the beaches surrounding Denpasar can still experience bright, sunny days during the less-crowded wet season, as the rain usually falls in the late afternoon and evening.
The west and northern coasts of Bali can get battered by rain during monsoon season, but this could be the best time to visit the east coast, where the waves will be in prime condition for surfers, photographers and beach bums.
In the Mountains
As with anywhere else in the world, higher altitude brings lower temperatures.
If you’re planning to head into mountainous Central Bali, which is home to the cultural hotspot Ubud, or if you’re dreaming of trekking to the summit of an active volcano such as Mount Batur or Mount Agung, you’ll want to heed slightly different climate advice: it’s much cooler in the central and northern highlands of Bali than on the low-lying beaches of South Bali.
At nightfall, temperatures can take a precipitous dip and you’ll definitely want to bring a set of warm weather clothes: a sweater or jacket, long pants, and socks.
Best Time of Year to Avoid the Crowds in Bali
Peak season in Bali tends to correlate with holidays on the Western calendar, particularly Christmas and “summer vacation” in June and July. This is when you’ll see the most tourists, as well as the highest rates on airfare, accommodation, etc.
If you’re not one for crowds or budget is a consideration, we recommend visiting Bali on the “off season,” during the months of March or April, when the weather is still transitioning from wet to dry, or beating the Christmas crowds with a trip in November.
Best time to visit Bali, by activity
Best time to go to Bali for diving and snorkeling
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More than avoiding rain, avoiding wind is the best way to time your diving trip.
Because winds tend to be strongest in the middle of both dry and wet season, the best time to dive in Bali during the transitional periods, when waters are calm and visibility is high.
We recommend heading to Bali between September and November or April and June.
Best Time to go to Bali for Surfing
This is a tricky question, as it depends on your skill level and the experience you’re looking for.
For beginners, your best bet is to visit Bali during the dry season. During the dry season, you’ll have consistent breaks and bright, sunny days, making your surf lessons an overall pleasant experience.
We don’t recommend learning how to surf during the rainy season, which can whip up strong winds, making for weaker or more unpredictable waves.
However, if you’re an experienced surfer looking for some excitement, we recommend going to the east coast of Bali during the rainy season of October to March.
This is when the winds switch, blowing in from the northwest instead of the east, and die-hard surfers head to the east coast for great right-hander breaks.
Best time to see Green Rice Terraces in Bali
Although seeing rice cultivation at any stage is fascinating, from planting to harvesting and processing, you’ll likely want to see vast hillsides of rice terraces at their greenest.
For this, head to Bali at the tailend of the wet season, from February to April. In the middle of the dry season, from June to July, rice will be ready for harvesting.
Unmissable Events in Bali
Galungan celebrates the triumph of good over evil, or in less symbolic terms, the spread of Hinduism throughout Bali. You’ll see remarkable bamboo poles elaborately decorated and lining every street in Bali, along with great feasting and praying.
March or April (based on the Saka calendar)
The most sacred of all holidays in Bali, Nyepi, or Hindu New Year, involves an island-wide observation of silence. This is a cultural phenomenon unique to Bali, where residents abide by local rules, such as completely shutting down traffic and not venturing out of one’s house. The belief is that total silence will trick evil spirits into thinking there is no one on Bali, making them pass on to other regions for the rest of the year. The day before and after the day of silence, however, are full of parades and preparations for the new year, with large papier-mache effigies and other displays of Balinese Hindu culture. The famed Kissing Festival also happens on the day following the day of silence, which involves young people splashing water on each other and, you guessed it, kissing.
As if you needed another reason to visit Ubud, the three-day Ubud Food Festival is a true feast for the senses, offering a chance to sample delicious Indonesian cuisine and showcasing the work of local and international chefs.
Arts, culture and performance lovers will not want to miss the Bali Arts Festival, the biggest annual celebration of traditional and contemporary arts in Bali. You’ll see parades, Balinese dance performances, gamelan concerts, shadow puppets and much, much more!
If you’re interested in a unique cultural experience, the Makepung Buffalo Races will be in full swing in West Bali. A jockey races a team of two buffalo in weekend heats that lead up to a grand final. You might also get a kick out of the “Best Dressed Buffalo” competitions!
The Bali Kites Festival is truly a spectacle. Thousands of colorful and elaborate kites take to the clear, blue skies from Bali’s many beaches!
On Indonesian Independence Day, the whole nation comes out to celebrate with parades, traditional games, ceremonies, dancing and general revelry.
If you’re a music and culture hound, you’ll love the very funky and always entertaining Ubud Jazz Festival.
Like the festival that occurs in February, the Galungan observance that falls in September features great bamboo pole decorations, praying and feasting.
Indulge in a week of unbeatable cultural performances, sports events and riotous colors at the Nusa Dua Festival. Taking place along the luxury beach resorts of Nusa Dua, this normally exclusive location opens to the public for great merry-making.
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