The best time to travel to Bali is undoubtedly during the dry season that runs from May to September. And within this time the best time is the months of May, June and September , just before and after the months with the highest influx of tourism.
In these months you are almost guaranteed good weather, without rain and with less humidity , and the prices of the rooms and the rental of the villas can be 30-50% cheaper than during the months of July and August when the island is almost bursting and the accommodation is more expensive.
October is a month that should not be ruled out either. It rains but much less than in November.
Those months are also the best time to do water sports activities such as diving, surfing, snorkeling, etc. The waters are clear, the audience is not too crowded, etc.
They are ideal months to explore the island in good weather and visit the main places of interest and go on excursions. In Bali you will never get rid of tourists en masse , especially in the dry season, but at least there will be fewer visitors than in July and August, which can make the experience much more pleasant.
July and August are the most expensive months to travel to Bali. But not the only ones in which prices suffer significant increases.
There are other times such as the Christmas and New Year holidays (mid-December to the end of the first week of January), the Balinese New Year , mid-March, and at Easter . On these dates the island is crowded.
Although the best time to travel to Bali is the dry season, the rainy months can also be an option to consider if you only have the opportunity to do so during these months.
On the one hand, the monsoon in Bali is not one of the most virulent in Southeast Asia and on the other, you have to have very bad luck for it to rain all or most of the day.
The normal thing is that the rains are intense and short and you have several hours between showers to enjoy the beach. Even if you are lucky it will rain only once during the day and the rest of the rains will fall at dusk or at night.
Actually most of the time during the rainy season you can do almost the same as during the dry season .
Obviously it is not the best time to go diving and neither (for safety reasons) It is the best time to climb volcanoes and trek through mountain areas.
The advantage of traveling in the rainy season is the price. Everything is much cheaper . If you are a long-term traveler and have days to spare, it is undoubtedly the best time to travel to Bali. It will pay you to stay a little while on the island.
Weather in Bali
One of the remarkable things about Bali’s climate is that its seasons race against the clock of the main tourist destinations in Southeast Asia. So when it is the rainy season in places like Thailand, Vietnam or Myanmar, it is the dry season in Bali and vice versa.
The dry season in Bali is from May to September and the rainy season from October to April . The beginnings and ends of both seasons are variable, especially since climate change accentuates its effects. The normal thing is that both April and October are months of transition from one season to another, but it is possible that the rains are longer or delayed.
The average temperature throughout the year is around 26-27 ° C with a humidity level of around 85-90% . The water temperatures are always pleasant.
Notably, Bali has mountainous areas that include several peaks over 3,000 meters high. As you can imagine there, the temperatures are much cooler and the rainfall is higher than in the coastal areas or at a lower altitude.
Also the region around Ubud has a somewhat different microclimate than the coastal areas.
The dry season in Bali
The dry season runs from May to September (April is also often a very dry month with little rain). These are the months when the weather in Bali is at its best.
The same goes for October if the monsoons lag a bit behind. At this time it rains very little, and when it does it is usually at sunset when you have already left the beach.
During these months in such popular destinations as Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Maldives (Don’t miss Best time to visit Maldives) and others in Southeast Asia there is rain and many people to ensure perfect days of sun and beach choose to combine their trip with Bali.
Undoubtedly it is the best time to visit Bali , but as you can imagine the prices of everything go up. Be proactive and reserve your accommodation as far in advance as you can..
The rainy season in Bali
During the rainy season, which normally runs from October to April , Bali becomes quieter. With the rains the levels of tourists drop significantly .
At this time it rains almost daily, the sea is rougher, and the beaches and waters, especially in the south (Kuta, Legian, Seminyak), can be quite dirty due to the filth carried by the currents and winds. Due to the state of the sea, it is not a good time to go diving.
Despite the fact that it rains daily, and that the rains at times can be truly torrential , the normal thing is that you can also enjoy the beach since it rarely rains throughout the day .
They are usually short and intense showers, or in the worst case they last a couple of hours. Then they stop and the sun shines again.
It often rains at dawn, dusk, or at night and practically the rest of the day is good or somewhat cloudy (with the heat that does not prevent you from enjoying the beach and bathing).
Although the risk is always there, it is not usual that there are several days in which it rains continuously for most of the day.