With stunning volcanic landscapes, palm-fringed beaches and a rich and vibrant culture, it’s no wonder Bali is the most popular travel destination in Indonesia. But when exactly is the best time of year to plan your trip? Whether you want to visit when the weather is consistently dry and sunny, explore the island at a slower pace in the low season or experience one of the island’s many festivals, here’s our guide to the best time to visit Bali.

What is the weather like in Bali?

Due to its proximity to the equator, Bali has a tropical climate and is hot all year round. There are only two seasons – rainy and dry – and while average temperatures don’t change much throughout the year, the humidity in the wet season often makes it feel much hotter (and sweatier!). Mountainous regions and places at higher elevations like Ubud are generally a bit cooler than the coast, and the sea is warm all year with average water temperatures lingering between a toasty 27 to 30°C (81 to 86°F).

Average temperatures in Bali

Month

Average high (°C)  

Average low (°C)  

January 

29

23

February

30

22

March

30

23

April

32

22

May 33 23
June  31 22
July 31 22
August  31 22
September 31 22
October  31 23
November  31 23
December  30 23

When is the best time to visit Bali?

Bali is a magical place all year round, but you might want to plan your trip at a certain time of the year depending on what you want to get out of it. 

  • If you're going for the beaches – May to September
  • If you're going for snorkelling and diving – May to September
  • If you're going for smaller crowds (and more tranquil vibes) – November, and January to March
  • If you're going for the hiking trails – May to September
  • If you're going for cultural festivals – Bali Arts Festival (June/July), Nyepi/Day of Silence (March), Ubud Food Festival (April), Sidemen Festival (November), 

Visiting Bali in the dry season (April to October)

  • Best for: consistently good weather, hiking, beaches, snorkelling and diving

Overall, you can expect reliably dry and sunny weather between April and October with average daytime highs hovering in the low 30s. There might still be the occasional shower, but they’re few and far between. The dry season coincides with the high season, with the peak in June and July (likely due to travellers from the southern hemisphere seeking some winter warmth), so it's worth noting that it'll likely be more expensive to travel and book accommodation and activities. 

Despite the influx of tourists, dry season is prime time for hiking, particularly long or multi-day hikes which aren’t safe when the ground is wet and muddy. May to September is the best time to enjoy Bali’s beautiful beaches, and the same goes for diving and snorkelling as visibility is excellent due to low rainfall and plenty of sunshine. The beaches are at their most gorgeous in August as there's very little rain. If great weather, hiking and beaches are what you’re looking for, this is when to do it.

Visiting Bali in the rainy season (November to March)

  • Best for: fewer tourists, thriving jungles and rainforests, temples

The rainy season is hot and humid with heavy rain that usually falls in the morning and afternoon, however the skies often clear for a few hours after a big downpour. There might be a few days here and there where it rains non-stop, but it’s not very common. Bali can experience heavier rains and strong winds between January and mid-April due to tropical cyclones, so this is something to be aware of when planning your trip. Aside from a brief spike in tourists in December during the festive period, Bali is much quieter during the rainy season so it’s a good chance to explore without throngs of tourists. You can also expect cheaper hotel rates and discounted holiday activities.

In terms of what to do in Bali during the rainy season, it’s not a great time to do water activities like diving, snorkelling and surfing as the visibility and conditions tend to be poor with all the rain. However, it’s perfect weather for visiting temples without long queues, cooking classes and chilling out in Ubud’s trendy cafes and yoga studios. The rain also does wonders for the vegetation in the jungles and rice paddies, and while big hikes might be off the cards, short walks during a dry spell are totally fine. One thing to note is the wet weather attracts lots of moisture-loving mosquitos so make sure you’re armed with repellent and long layers to prevent pesky bites.

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