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When is the best time to visit Bali?

05 July, 2018
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Rice paddie

A holiday in Bali offers enchanting beaches, fascinating temples and scenic rice terraces.

But when is the best time to visit Bali?

Below, you can read more about Bali’s weather and climate, and find an answer to when it is the best time for you to visit the popular holiday island.

NB: The guide below is a guideline only.

Bali’s climate

Temple

Bali is a year-round destination and can be visited in all 12 months of the year.

Bali is close to the equator and lies in the tropical climate belt.

The island does not have seasons as we know them in the UK, but two primary seasons: a rainy season and a dry season.

  • The dry season is from April to September.
  • The rainy season is from October to March.

The average temperatures range from 26–30 degrees all year. The temperature gets cooler the higher up you come, so the average temperature in mountainous areas is 18–24 degrees.

Generally speaking, the mountain regions (e.g. around Ubud) are cooler than the coastal areas (e.g. Seminyak, Sanur and Denpasar), and they also get more rain than the low-lying areas.

Not only is it cooler and rainier, but a large area of central Bali is covered with a number of active volcanoes. Bali is in an active belt where there are volcanoes and where earthquakes may occur. The belt is called the Pacific ring of fire. In autumn 2017, for example, Mount Agung erupted. Standing 3,142 m, it is the highest volcano in Bali.

Bali’s dry season

Bali’s dry season is from April to September.

The dry period is typically characterised by long sunny periods and occasional rain, but not a lot of it.

The temperatures are generally cooler than in the rainy season, and the humidity is lower, making it a pleasant time to visit the island.

The dry season is the most popular with visitors to Bali, but the Christmas holidays also make December and early January a popular time to visit the island.

Outdoor activities are amazing in parts of this season because the weather and water are clear. If you want to climb a volcano, these are also the best months to do so.

Bali’s rainy season

Bali’s rainy season is from October to March.

Despite the fact that the rainy season offers more changeable weather than in the dry season, it is important to point out that Bali is a holiday destination with nice weather all year round.

The rainy season is characterised by rainy periods, but also a lot of hours of sunshine. It often rains at night and is sunny during the day. If it rains during the day, the sun generally comes out after a couple of hours.

The period also offers hot weather and high humidity, as well as more wind at the coast than in the dry season. However, the wind means that surfing conditions on the east coast are ideal around December due to the westerly winds.

Even though it’s rainy season, many activities are still possible. However, as a rule, you cannot trek in the highlands or climb volcanoes during the rainy season.

Bali’s weather month-by-month

Beach Bali

January

The first month of the year is wet, humid and hot. Bali has an average of 300 mm rain in January, making it the wettest month of the year. However, the rain is much-needed due to the high humidity.

The coasts receive less rain than the central part of the country and the mountainous areas, and the weather is therefore very regional. So remember to check the weather, as some parts may be sunny while others have rain.

NB: Although there is a lot of rain during the rainy season from October to March, the rain generally falls at night. When the rain falls during the day, it is often in the form of showers that last for a couple of hours or that come in bursts.

February

February is in many ways a continuation of January, but usually with less rain.

Temperatures reach up to 32 degrees, and humidity is high. Even though the month is drier than January, around 280 mm of rain falls in February. But bear in mind that there is still plenty of sunshine.

March

In the first month of spring in the UK, the rain begins to drop off in Bali. It is still cloudy, but the sun breaks through the clouds more and more.

The temperature is between 23 and 27 degrees, but humidity is still high. In the mountains, the temperature is somewhat lower, sometimes falling to 15 degrees. March is the last month of the rainy season and is therefore known as the month of change.

April

The first month of the dry season is a quiet time in Bali, with fewer visitors.

Humidity is around 65%, the days are becoming clearer, the temperature is high, sometimes reaching 33 degrees. On average, only around 70 mm of rain falls, and due to the weather and fewer visitors, April is a lovely month to visit the island.

May

May offers cooler weather, and perhaps even “cold” weather if you ask someone from Bali. But for a tourist from the UK, it’s wonderful.

Humidity is at the lower end of the scale, the thermometer shows around 28 degrees on average and the weather is comfortable.

June

June is one of the months when temperatures are lowest in Bali. But it is still hot compared to the British weather.

Humidity is also at its lowest from June to October. It feels as if the sun shines all day long in a cloudless sky. June is a pleasant month to visit Bali.

July

July is the month of blue sky. The weather is clear, and the month is perfect for a wealth of outdoor pursuits. Dive into the beautiful water, climb the volcanoes or enjoy a cocktail on the beach in the evening.

July is a popular month with many visitors. The sun shines from a cloudless sky, so go for a walk on the beach – but don’t forget the sun cream!

August

August is the driest month of the year, with an average of 40 mm rain.

This month is also perfect for outdoor activities, so there’s really nothing to stop you! There is only very little – or no – rain. The hot days are replaced by a much-needed breeze in the evening. Like July, August is also popular.

September

September offers sunshine average temperatures of up to 30–32 degrees and around 90 mm rain, which falls in the afternoon or evening.

The month is perfect for long days on the beach. Again, there are slightly fewer visitors and the sun shines for around nine hours. The month is therefore also perfect for having fun in or on the water.

October

When we get to October, the rainy season is upon us.

During the month, humidity rises and the risk of rain increases. However, there is often only slight rain and the temperature is 25–33 degrees, making October one of the hottest months of the year.

We might be in the rainy season, but it has not yet fully made its presence felt, and the days are still characterised by a beautiful blue sky.

November

The weather in November is a little fickle, and it is important to have both sunscreen and rain wear with you.

It is now quite obviously the rainy season. Showers come and go, but fortunately they are relatively short. Humidity hits 80% this month and the temperature is at the high end.

Although there is a fair bit of rain, there is still plenty of opportunity to sunbathe.

December

December is characterised brief yet intense showers.

It is extremely muggy with 85% humidity, hot weather and clouds in the sky. Due to the torrential rainfall, small floods may occur. Although it is one of the wet months, December and the beginning of January are popular months due to the holiday season.

Fancy a trip to Bali?

Taman Ayun

There are many reasons why Bali was voted the world’s best tourist destination in 2017 by users of the travel site TripAdvisor, and one of them is all the magnificent experiences the island has to offer.

Would you like to visit Bali?

See our tours to Bali

Then have a chat with our travel consultants about what time is best for you.

Please note that the guide to the best time to visit Bali is a guideline only. So, we always recommend that you contact our travel consultants for the latest information about the weather situation on the island if you are in doubt about when you want to travel.

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