Bali Weather

When best to go - Facts

  • May, June & September
  • Room prices 30-50% off high season rates
  • Dry and less humid
  • Not crowded
  • Sea conditions excellent
  • Airfares still reasonable

Best Time to Travel to Bali

High season is during the months of July and August. However best time to come to Bali is May, June and September, just before and just after high season. It's still dry season, it's less humid, and room prices can be 30-50% cheaper than during high season. Many shops offer sales and promotions, restaurants are less crowded in those mid-season months, and in general Bali is a bit more relaxed.
It's also the best time for water sport activities  such as scuba diving, surfing, snorkeling, etc. Waters are clear, crowd not too bad etc. Also the other attractions such as the family parks and fun things to do (Bali Zoo, Bali Bird Park, Marine & Safari Park, Waterbom, White Water Rafting, Monkey Forest, etc) have less visitors which can make the experience far more enjoyable.  And not to forget, in general the traffic and hustle  bustle on the roads is more bearable. Especially in Kuta, Legian and sometimes even Seminyak the narrow streets are packed during certain times in the day with cars and motorcycles. Some tourists love it that way and could not imagine a holiday otherwise, but if you like it more quiet, then Kuta and Legian during high season might not the your best choice.

average temperatures bali

Seasons and Temperaturs on Bali

Dry Season is High Season

Dry season is between the months of April and September. Bali receives the most visitors during July and August. Temperatures are pretty steady all your round though. During Bali's dry season beaches are generally clean and Bali shows its pretty side. One can still expect occasional rainfall though and sometimes even the locals are surprised how dry a week during rainy season can be and the other way around. Have a llok at the chart below and check out temperature, no. of days with rain etc in Denpasar, which is located in the south.

Wet Season

During rainy season which is typically from October to March Bali becomes more quiet. The sea is rougher, the beaches in the south can be quite dirty due to debris washed onto the shore. Winds are stronger at the coastlines, the water currents pick up and it can rain in buckets. Although usually the rain stops after a few hours and the sun shines again. A lot of the times it rains during the night and days are o.k. Very rarely you have a few days when it rains continuously.

Central Bali and the Mountains

Bali's central mountain area is typically cooler and also more rainy than the lower coastal areas. Especially at night temperatures can drop significantly in the highlands near the volcanoes. Gunung Agung is for example 3031m high! Also the region around Ubud is a slightly cooler and has a bit more rain than the south of Bali (Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Denpasar, Sanur, Bukit Pennsula, Pecatu), which makes it rather pleasant.

General


Bali's is located very near to the equator, therefore its warm, tropical climate makes it a huge draw for tourists. Average year-round temperature stands at around 26-27°C with a humidity level of about 85%. Water temperatures are always pleasant. The two seasons are not clear cut and fully predictable. Christmas and New Year is clearly high or peak season on Bali and tourists come from all over the world to enjoy the beaches, the surfing, diving, the restaurants, the club, the spas and everything else Bali has to offer - although it is technically "rainy season". One can do everything during wet season but maybe climb he volcanoes and trekking in the highlands.

climate table bali

 

Have a look at the climate table above, which should give you a good idea about temperatures during the day and the expected rainfall during dry season and rainy season.

Weather Forecast & Today's Weather, Bali