When to visit Bali
If you’re dreaming of Bali with its soaring volcanic mountains, lush rainforest, dreamy beaches, and magnificent temples, one of the first questions you’ll probably ask is when to visit. It’s easy to avoid the crowds by heading to more remote regions of the island, so the weather and special events should be your primary consideration. There are just two seasons, the dry season and the rainy season. July and August are the peak months of the high, dry season, with little rain and calm seas. Visiting just after the monsoon season, about mid-April through June, means fewer visitors, the potential for discounts, and decent weather.
Best time to go to Bali
Weather patterns do vary, this is just a guide based on historical patterns and data.
April - October
The high season coincides with the driest weather of the year with rainfall averaging anywhere from 1.2 to under 4 inches. It won’t be as humid as the rainy season, but it will still be warm, perfect weather for enjoying outdoor activities like hiking. It’s also the best time for snorkeling, diving, swimming, and all types of other watersports, as well as soaking up the sun on one of the beautiful beaches. If you come in July or August, the peak of the busy season, you’ll want to book your trip well in advance and plan for thicker crowds, especially in popular tourist resort areas.
November - March
While visitors come to Bali year-round, the rainy season is the low season, the quietest period on the island, when slightly discounted rates on accommodation, and often on airfare may be enjoyed, with the exception of the holidays around Christmas and New Year’s Eve. The temperature doesn’t change much, ranging from about 80 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, but it will be quite wet and humid. Rainfall averages between about 6 and 12 inches and with so much water, some of the interior roads may be inaccessible. The better news is that in between the rain, there will still be plenty of sunshine.
Best Time To
Avoid the Crowds
Although November and December are part of the “low” rainy season, these are the biggest holiday months, so they aren’t necessarily the best for avoiding crowds. The months of October, January, and February are truly the off season, all falling in the wet period with January getting the most rainfall. This is when you can enjoy the sun between the rain on the beaches practically all to yourself, capture amazing photos of the temples and stroll through the Monkey Forest in Ubud without battling throngs of tourists, and take advantage of the best deals on accommodation and airfare.
Best Time To
See the Festivals
When it comes to Balinese festivals and celebrations, no two years are alike as they depend on the lunar calendar. Many are held during the dry season, with one of the most iconic being the Bali Arts Festival in June and July. Indonesian Independence Day is celebrated on August 17 and includes parades, although one of the most important events occurs in the rainy season. March is the month of Nyepi, which includes a day of fasting, marking the beginning of the New Lunar Calendar, a day of reflection and quiet contemplation. Everyone must stay in, locals and visitors alike – even the airport is closed.
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