Bali Weather

When is the Best Time to Go to Bali

    Bali weather has 2 seasons – dry and wet – though you can expect mostly warm and humid days throughout the year. The dry season is from May to September. This offers sunny days and an average temperature of 31°C.

    Most consider the mid-year period to be the best time to go to Bali. You can expect a good balance between sun, sand and surf during the time. The wet season is October to April, with occasional downpours and overcast skies. The windy months are between June and August, which Bali locals often refer to as the ‘kite season’, when the skies are dotted with colourful traditional Balinese kites.

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    Best time to go to Bali: May to August!

    Preferences may vary regarding Bali weather. Even so, for generally cooler times in Bali, the best time to visit is from May to August. This is when humidity levels on the island are at their lowest.

    During this period, the air is drier and pleasant for outdoor activities and overland sightseeing tours. The skies in Bali are also clear and blue during this time, which makes it great for outdoor and landscape photography, as well as working on your suntan.

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    Hottest time in Bali

    The hottest months in Bali are April and October, when daytime temperatures can rise up to 32°C. Humidity levels in the coastal areas can reach up to 75%. The island receives an ample 12 hours of sunlight with average daytime temperatures ranging from 27 to 32°C during these times.

    Average daytime temperatures in the cooler highlands average from 21 to 27°C. This can drop sharply at night. Sunrise is between 5.50am and 6.23am, and sunset is between 6.15pm and 6.47pm.

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    Low season in Bali

    The low season in Bali, in terms of hotel bookings, is roughly the first and last quarters. In other words, it’s from January to March and from October to November. December usually has a fair amount of 'holiday season' bookings).

    The wet Bali weather around these months also sees residents having their umbrellas and ponchos at hand. You can expect lower hotel rates around this time, together with all sorts of benefits on offer. You can also anticipate smaller crowds during these months.

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    Quieter months in Bali

    Quieter roads allow for faster access times from your hotel to locations of interest. This is true during certain national holidays. One such time of the year is the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, with its main celebration on the day of Eid-ul-Fitr, or 'Idul Fitri'. Much of the non-Balinese populace departs from the island and heads home for this holiday.

    Similarly, before the Nyepi silent day or Saka New Year celebrations, residents return to their respective rural homes to be with their families. Expect the peak season in Bali around Christmas and New Year, from 24 December to 5 January. A dry season and school holiday equivalent is between 1 July and 30 September.

    Ari Gunadi | Compulsive Traveller

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