When is the best time to visit Bali?
Some say that when you follow your heart, you end up in Bali - and who wouldn’t want to test that theory? Sure, we may not all be soul searching like Julia Roberts in ‘Eat, Pray, Love’, but that doesn’t mean that Bali isn’t a top holiday destination for many.
The mix of colourful culture, breathtaking beauty and incense infused air of Bali is sure to be a welcome feast for anyone’s senses. From crystal clear ocean waters and white sandy beaches to rolling rice terraces and spiritually-soaked scenery, it’s really no surprise that Bali is known as the Land of the Gods. Whether you’re yearning for a solo detox to deepen your downward dog, looking for a romantic couple break for you and your beau, or planning a fascinating family trip, you will find all manner of bliss in Bali.
Though Bali does make for a great experience all year round, it is important to understand its climate, along with the pros and cons of visiting during different seasons, before booking your Balinese break - and that’s where we come in.
Want to know the best time of year to visit Bali? Our team of experts here at goodtrip have pulled together some useful pointers to help guide you…
When is the best time to visit Bali based on the climate?
Bali, one of the most visited islands in Indonesia, is situated just below the equator in the southern hemisphere. Unlike other areas in the northern hemisphere, Bali has a deliciously warm and tropical climate all year round - one that doesn’t fluctuate dramatically with the seasons. Bali is relatively small (3,500 square miles) so - naturally - the weather doesn’t tend to vary much from coast to coast.
The only areas that do have cooler pockets tend to be near the volcanic peaks in the centre of Bali, where rainfall is more common than that of the coast. Humidity and precipitation levels are the only patterns that are impacted by the time of year, resulting in two distinct seasons in Bali: the rainy season and the dry season. It’s as simple as that.
Though it’s a busier time for tourists, the peak dry season (between June and August) is the best time to visit Bali if you’re not a fan of impromptu downpours and crave comfortable, non-problematic weather. However, if you want to avoid the crowds, high season prices and peak humidity, we recommend opting for May, June or September - being neither ‘dry’ nor ‘rainy’, these months are known as the ‘shoulder season’. Not only are room prices usually 30-50% lower (depending on location), but the sea conditions are also perfect for diving and surfing.
Dry season: April - October
Usually the time when Bali is most teeming with tourists, the dry season is lower in humidity and rarely hosts heavy rainfall. With this dip in humidity comes a decrease in mosquitos - which is also a factor to consider. The charm and beauty of Bali usually draw the most tourists during the winter months of June, July and August - meaning that securing accommodation can be difficult during this time of year.
Preparation is key, right? If you’re on a tight budget and want to avoid rocket high prices, we recommend planning and booking your trip as early as possible so as to dodge dipping too deeply into your pocket.
Best things to do during the dry season
Keen to plan a sunny holiday in Bali during the dry season? If you’re into the outdoors and fancy filling your Balinese break with an ample amount of adventurous activities, the dry season is the best time for you. Here are some of the best activities to do in Bali at this time of year:
- Down for a dive? Explore a new water sport and try surfing the salty waves at the pristine Padang Padang Beach
- Keen to take a tour of the countryside? Bag yourself a bicycle, ride through the breathtaking rice terraces and drink in the scenes of untold natural beauty
- Fancy a festival? Explore the unique culture of Bali by attending the Bali Kites Festival in Padang Galak. Fly a kite with friendly locals and get a taste of authentic Balinese culture
- Here for a hike? Marvel at unbeatable views by hiking up to the top of the active volcano, Mount Batur
Rainy season: November to March
The clue’s in the name. If you’re like Tina Turner and ‘can’t stand the rain’, then the rainy season may not be the best time to visit Bali. However, if you don’t mind getting wet, you’ll still be likely to soak up some sunshine during the rainy season - in between the showers, that is.
Unlike the dry season, the weather during the rainy season isn’t very predictable. In fact, it’s pretty inconsistent - with some downpours lasting for days on end and others coming and going within the hour. In terms of temperature, the rainy season is the hottest time of the year in Bali and with that comes high levels of humidity, making it a peak time for mosquitos. Be sure to beat the bites and pack insect repellent and a mosquito next if you plan on visiting during the rainy season!
Best things to do during the rainy season
Leaning towards sight-seeing over sandy beaches? The rainy season is great for those of you who want to explore the historical sights of Bali and avoid the more crowded months. Here are some sensational spots to visit during this time of year:
- Tempted by a trip to a temple? Most popular tourist attractions are less crowded during the rainy season, so be sure to tick some of Bali’s most iconic temples off your list. We recommend the Tanah Lot Temple, where you can explore the entrance at low tide and tap into your spiritual side by blessing yourself with the ‘holy water’ that flows there
- Ever wanted to visit a waterfall? They say not to go chasing waterfalls, but Sekumpul Waterfall is the exception to the rule. Known as one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Bali, this spot is a treat for the eyes
- Keen to marvel at some monkey? Experience the wildlife of Bali and visit the Monkey Forest in Ubud. This popular tourist spot is best to visit during this low tourist season