The tropical paradise of Bali in Indonesia is known for its idyllic beaches, exceptional surfing, and rich culture. This small island is blessed with incredible landscapes, from the peaceful terraced rice paddies to volcanic peaks and incredible beaches—it’s no surprise that thousands of tourists flock here every year.
For such a small island, Bali packs a serious punch when it comes to things to see and do. Whether you’re into surfing and snorkelling, yoga, temples, or simply relaxing on the beach, Bali has it all.
Depending on what you’re heading to Bali to experience, certain times of year are undoubtedly better than others. However, choosing the best time to visit Bali can sometimes be a balancing act of cost, climate, and crowds.
To help you get the most out of your trip to Bali, we’ve put together this handy guide of what each time of year can offer.
Best Time To Visit Bali – February to June, September to November
Best Time To Go To Canggu – May to June, September to October
Best Time To Go To Ubud – June to October
Best Time To Go To Uluwatu – June to August
Best Time For Sightseeing – February, September to November
Cheapest Time To Visit Bali – March to April
When is the Best Time to Go to Bali?
Bali’s tropical location means that the weather is lovely and warm for most of the year. There are two distinct seasons – the rainy season and the dry season, but even the ‘dry’ season can feature occasional rain. Most backpackers visit Bali during the dry season.
April to October is considered the dry season, and offers sunny skies ideal for a beach holiday. Rainfall is at its highest between November and March, and mostly falls in the form of short showers which clear up nicely. Occasionally you may experience rain that lingers for a few days at a time, but on the whole it’s not as wet as the name suggests.
The best time to visit Bali will depend on the type of holiday you are planning. Diving is at its best between April and October, while surfing is most popular between April and September. The underwater visibility and tides heavily impact these 2 activities.
Wellness travel is good all year round. April is when you can enjoy the Bali Spirit Festival in Ubud – the largest yoga, music and arts festival in Asia.
Peak season in Bali is crowded and expensive, with places to stay in Bali bumping up their prices by up to 50%. If you wish to avoid this very touristy season, plan to travel outside of July and August, and December and January. For those who want to visit during high season, book well in advance for everything!
February to April is considered low season, and offers the most relaxed experience with fewer crowds. This is also the cheapest time to visit Bali in terms of villa and hostel rates. Check out our guide to Bali hostels and try to find a bargain.
The shoulder seasons offer a great balance between good weather, lower tourist numbers and cheaper rates. February to June, and September to November can offer this balance, but it’s recommended to book well in advance to be safe.
You’ll find some good deals for low season travel, but don’t expect the island to be tourist-free. The crowds are certainly much smaller, but there’s still enough of a vibe to make nightlife worthwhile.
Best Time to Go to Canggu
Located about 20 minutes north of Seminyak, the hipster hub Canggu has seen a growth in popularity in recent years. This small seaside town is popular with expats who have relocated, but still features a strong traditional way of life, from the fisherman selling their catch on the beach to the quiet hillsides and rice paddies.
The beaches in Canggu have volcanic sand of dark grey or black, which often puts tourists off, but the surfing is great!
For great weather, visit Canggu between June and August, when humidity and rainfall are at their lowest. That said, this is the peak season, so you’ll be paying higher rates for everything.
Low season, between January and April, and October and November, is a good time to visit if you’re traveling on a budget. You’ll be able to pick up some great deals on flights and Canggu places to stay at this time. Bali weather won’t get in your way of Canggu activities.
The sweet spot for a visit to Canggu is during the shoulder seasons – May to June, September to October – when humidity and rainfall are lower and crowds are fewer. There are some good deals, and great value last-minute options for those able to travel on a whim.
Best Time to Go to Ubud
Ubud is located in the highlands of Bali, among terraced rice paddies and lush rainforests. This is the ideal place to explore many ancient temples, museums, and galleries, and other cultural landmarks.
The best time to visit Ubud is between June and October when the temperatures are mild and the humidity at its lowest. Because of the higher elevation, mornings and evenings can be cool, so it’s best to pack something warm to stave off the chill. Our Bali packing list has all the insider must-haves.
From November, temperatures increase, as does the humidity and rainfall. March is the hottest month of the year here, and is only compounded by the intense humidity. January is the wettest month, and heavy downpours and thunderstorms are common.
Temperatures in Ubud are fairly stable all year round, with average maximums in the high 20s (Celsius). During high season, I would book your Ubud accommodation in advance to avoid disappointment.
Best Time to Go to Uluwatu
The popular surf spot of Uluwatu is a small clifftop town in the south-west of Bali. Offering exceptional beaches, dramatic views, and a relatively untouched feel, this idyllic corner of the island is a great year-round destination.
Between March and May, Uluwatu experiences its best weather. You can expect sunny skies, minimal rainfall, and loads of activities to enjoy. Consequently, this time of year is busiest, and prices of hotels can skyrocket. If you’re planning to visit at this time, it’s best to book well in advance.
Wind and rainfall pick up slightly between the September and February wet season, making this period less popular with tourists. However, it also means there are more travel deals to take advantage of.
It’s still lovely and hot for the most part, but the rain can be torrential at times. Uluwatu is relatively steep so driving a motorbike is more risky, and you can’t hang out on the stunning beaches. It may impact travel plans and can lead to water sports being cancelled. If you’re keen on a relaxing, laid-back stay in a villa, this is a great time to visit.
Between June and August, temperatures are mild and rainfall is infrequent. This is a great time to visit Uluwatu to avoid the large crowds and high prices of peak season while still enjoying good weather.
Best Time for Sightseeing in Bali
Visiting Bali means EPIC sightseeing. Really, it can be enjoyed at any time of year, although it’s far more pleasant during the dry season. Between April and October, you’ll experience less rainfall and less humidity—this is a great time to visit Bali for a sightseeing holiday as it has the best weather.
Unfortunately, this great weather also attracts loads of tourists. Expect larger crowds and longer waiting times at Bali’s major sights and attractions. Not only is this the busiest time to visit Bali, but it’s also the most expensive!
Sightseeing over the shoulder seasons will reward you with fewer crowds and a much more relaxed experience. Plan your stay for February, or between September and November, to benefit from these great conditions.
Of course, if you want to feel like you have the island all to yourself, you’ll need to plan your trip for the low season between March and May. This is the quietest time of the year in terms of tourists, and also the cheapest time to go to Bali.
Sightseeing, while possible for the most part, will be heavily impacted by the sudden showers and thunderstorms. While the rain does clear up fairly quickly, it’s very humid and uncomfortably hot.
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Cheapest Time to Go to Bali
|Expense||Oct – Feb||Mar – Jun||Jul – Sep|
|One way flight to Bali from Sydney||$209||$783||$485|
|Private hotel room||$336||$219||$392|
|Pura Tanah Lot Temple entrance fee||$4||$4||$4|
Bali is not exactly cheap by SE Asia standards, but is still cheaper than most of “the west”. Between February and April, the low season sets in which is the cheapest time to visit Bali. March and April are humid and rainy, making this time of year less attractive to tourists.
To entice visitors, hotels often drop their prices and offer great value deals and packages. If you’re prepared to hold out for some last-minute deals, you can sometimes save significantly on accommodation at this time.
While Bali can be expensive depending on your style of traveling, there’s always ways to cut costs.
Busiest Time to Visit Bali
Bali is a popular destination with tourists all year round. By far the busiest time to visit Bali is over the western summer holidays – July and August. It is also when the weather is at its finest.
Hot days, low humidity, and minimal rainfall make a beach holiday in Bali ideal at this time. Outdoor activities are plentiful and pleasant, from hiking and cycling to water sports of all kinds.
With tourists flocking here during this time, hotel prices can soar, making this not only the busiest time to visit Bali, but also the most expensive too. Bali’s best beaches get insanely busy at this time.
While December is technically low season, the Christmas and New Year period sees a temporary peak season conditions. Many more tourists arriving on the island to escape the northern hemisphere winter.
Where to Stay in Bali
You want to be sure you get the accommodation of your dreams! Book early to avoid disappoint, and to get the best prices.
|Destination||Why Visit!||Best Hostel||Top Airbnb|
|Canggu||The heart of action in Bali has beaches to surf, cafés for days, and all types of events from comedy to music and workshops.||Tribal Bali||Entire bungalow|
|Ubud||Green, peaceful and beautiful… No wonder backpackers come here to find themselves!||Ubud Tropical||Villa Luna|
|Kuta||Like to surf in the morning, then party at night? Kuta may be your place!||da’HOuSeTEL||Kuta EcoStay Guest House|
|Seminyak||Like an upscale version of Kuta; Seminyak has chill beaches and great shopping.||Stellar Capsules||Romantic Villa|
|Uluwatu||Epic cliffsides, hidden beaches and teh best sunset views in Bali – need I say more?||Sultans Of Swell||Kubu Bingin|
|Sanur||If you’re craving a quiet beach side for water activities, this is your spot.||Made House||Villa Sarn No.1. Sanur|
|Amed||The diver and snorklers’ mecca is the best place to get underwater in Bali.||Pacha Hostel||Kirana Homestay|
|Lovina||Swim with dolphins at daybreak, chase down epic waterfalls in the afternoon.||Summer Guesthouse Lovina||NYUH Lovina Private Villa|
|Denpasar||The capital of Bali is full of cultural treasures and museums.||Suwardika Homestay and Dormitory||Bale Dangin Bungalow|
|Nusa Penida||Almost-off-the-beaten-path, all three Nusa islands are super chill and beautiful.||Nuansa Penida Hostel||Kubu Indah Guest House|
Weather in Bali
Bali is located just south of the equator and experiences a warm tropical climate with high levels of humidity. Temperatures are fairly consistent all year round, averaging a high of around 26-27°C.
There are two distinct seasons: the rainy season, and the dry season. A far cry from the western 4 seasons which differ greatly, these 2 times of year are very similar.
The rainy season is from November to March and also includes more wind, which can cause rough conditions at sea. When sea conditions are too rough, most water sports are likely to be called off. Also, the beaches can get littered with debris washed ashore during storms.
Showers during the rainy season are short and clear quite quickly. It’s very rare to have a few days of continuous rainfall.
The dry season lasts from April to October, and is traditionally the peak season for travellers to visit the island. Evenings and early mornings can be quite cool, so it’s a good idea to bring a light jacket.
Rain is not uncommon during the dry season, but generally it’s in the form of sudden showers that pass as quickly as they arrive.
Where is the Best Weather in Bali?
The weather in Bali is typically tropical, featuring hot and humid conditions all over. The seasons aren’t very different or predictable, and only differ in the amount of rain and humidity.
However, slight differences exist between the conditions in the coastal regions of the island, and those in the highland and mountains at the centre of the island.
Temperatures in the mountains tend to be somewhat cooler and wetter than in the lowlands. During the dry season, temperatures are milder and more pleasant than at the coast. However, the rainy seasons can be torrential and extremely humid.
Festivals in Bali
Experience some of the world’s most vibrant local celebrations and festivals. From traditional Balinese observances to celebrations of food, art, and wellness, there’s a festival to suit every traveller.
You can’t call yourself a world traveller without having experienced at least one of Bali’s festivals.
While most nations celebrate their New Year with loud parties and fireworks, it’s a little different in Bali. New Year follows the Balinese calendar, and usually falls in March.
The days preceding Nyepi include street processions and a loud, festive evening the night before. Fire torches and fireworks light up the night to scare off any evil forces before the new year begins. There is a parade of monsters carried by locals that dance through the streets, towering above the buildings.
Nyepi itself is a day of stillness and silence – in the hopes that evil spirits will think the island is uninhabited and not return. Everyone stays home, tourists stay in their hotels, and general inactivity takes over the island for the day. Even the airport is closed!
- Bali Spirit Festival
The Bali Spirit Festival is a seven-day wellness festival that takes place annually between April and March. Yoga lessons, dance, music, and arts are offered alongside holistic healing and spirituality workshops, attracting wellness tourists from around the world.
- Galungan and Kuningan
Galungan is a traditional Balinese festival celebrating the victory of good over evil. The festival follows the 210-day ‘pawukon’ calendar, and can sometimes occur twice a year.
Over the 10 days of Galungan, smaller festivals are held and it is believed that the gods and ancestors descend to earth for the celebrations. On the very last day of the festivities, the Balinese celebrate Kuningan – a day dedicated for prayer to honour the ancestors.
- Ubud Food Festival
For seven days in April, the mountain town of Ubud is fragrant with spices and delicious aromas that celebrate traditional Indonesian cuisine. Local and international chefs host talks and workshops, and attendees can sample authentic Balinese and international dishes.
- Bali Arts Festival
From traditional theatre to painting, and dancing to cuisine, this vibrant event erupts in full sound and colour for a month between June and July each year. Street parades, performances, and exhibitions are held throughout the month. Locals take great pride in exhibiting their talent, and visitors can enjoy a complete immersion into local culture.
- Bali Kite Festival
Every year, between July and August, the skies above Bali’s southeast coast are dotted with colourful kites. These are not your average kites, they are enormous – some larger than 10m – ornate, and fly impressively high.
These brightly-coloured kites come in a variety of creative designs, including boats, dragons, and various animals. Once they’re unleashed on the wind, the sky becomes a magical battlefield where they fight it out for the main cash prize.
When to Visit Bali – A Month by Month Breakdown
There’s never a bad time to visit Bali, but there are times that are better suited to certain experiences.
If you’re still not sure when to head to Bali, check out this month-by-month breakdown for the conditions that each month can offer in terms of climate, crowds, and costs.
January in Bali
January in Bali sees many of the Christmas and New Year tourists departing, ending the high season and leaving the island less crowded. It’s the rainiest month of the year, and if you’re heading inland to the highlands and mountains, things can get torrential.
The rain showers are usually short, and fall overnight or in the late afternoon, clearing quickly. Average maximum temperatures hover around 30°C, but with the very high humidity, it feels much hotter and stickier.
After around the first week, shoulder season conditions return, meaning fewer tourists and cheaper hotel prices.
February in Bali
It’s still pretty wet in Bali over February with high temperatures and humidity – much like January. Rain showers followed by the sun are common, and the temperatures are much as they were in January.
As things head towards the low season, tourist numbers dwindle and the island feels less inundated. This also means that you are likely to pick up some really good deals on where to stay.
March in Bali
The rains start to dissipate and the humidity comes down in March, It is hot and sunny, and as the month wears on the chance of rain lowers.
This is the start of the low season, so you can enjoy blissfully relaxed and crowd-free conditions on the island. Flights and accommodation are much cheaper now so, if you’re travelling on a budget, this is your time.
April in Bali
The weather is far more pleasant in April with humidity at its lowest. Temperatures are a little higher, but without the humidity so much more bearable. There’s little chance of rain but it’s not impossible! If it does rain, it’s unlikely to disrupt travel plans and activities.
There are slightly more tourists arriving in April, most of them likely to attend the Bali Spirit Festival, but prices remain low. This is a good time to do yoga in Bali.
May in Bali
Visiting Bali during May is highly recommended from a weather perspective. It’s relatively dry, and the best time for trekking volcanos and hiking. The warm temperatures are the same as in April, with average daytime highs in the high 20s.
Tourist numbers are still low in May, but pick up slightly towards the end of the month as we head into the shoulder season of June. Prices are still reasonable and great deals can still be found.
June in Bali
June offers great beach weather; loads of sun, minimal rain, and low humidity. Surfers and sun worshipers take advantage of these great conditions, and the reasonable prices, making the island increasingly busier than previous months.
As June comes to an end, high season begins, the busiest tourist season, so prices will start to rise.
July in Bali
Perfect beach weather dominates the month of July with sunny skies and minimal rain. Tourist season is in full swing with packed beaches, restaurants and hotels. The island will be buzzing with people.
Accommodation won’t come cheap, and if you haven’t booked well in advance, options may be limited.
August in Bali
Glorious sunny days and fantastic beach conditions continue through August. Humidity and rain are at their lowest, and the occasional gentle breeze keeps things comfortable.
It’s still peak season, so accommodation prices will still be high, and the island is likely to feel crowded with tourists.
September in Bali
September is an ideal time to visit Bali. Most of the peak season tourists have departed, and the weather is still great for hitting the now less crowded beaches.
There’s a slight increase in the chance of rain, but nothing that will cause a significant impact on your stay. Accommodation will be easier to come by, and often at a more reasonable rate than during peak season.
October in Bali
In October wet season returns to the island, breaking up periods of great beach weather with the odd downpour. These passing showers tend to raise the humidity quite a bit, making the already warm temperatures feel unpleasant.
The crowds continue to decrease, and it’s now more likely that you’ll be able to pick up some great deals on accommodation.
November in Bali
The chance of rain increases in November, and the humidity continues its climb. While daily showers are now more common, they are still fairly brief and clear up nicely. They shouldn’t cause major disruption to your plans.
There are still times of lovely sunshine to enjoy at the beach or the pool. It’s fairly quiet in terms of tourists, and accommodation prices are at their cheapest.
December in Bali
The first half of the month is relatively quiet but, as the Christmas and New Year period approaches, visitor numbers increase significantly. Peak season conditions return – expect crowded restaurants, booked out hotels, and full beaches.
Rain is fairly common at this time, usually in the form of short showers which clear quickly returning to sunny skies. Occasionally the rain can linger for a few days of constant rainfall.
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Final Thoughts on the Best Time to Visit Bali
By now you’ve probably decided on the best time to visit Bali that suits your needs, and carefully weighed up all your options.
Whether you plan to lie on Seminyak beach, or by the pool, hike the volcanoes, or take to the ocean on a surfboard, Bali is the kind of destination that people return to time and time again. The thriving expat and digital nomad community are proof that Bali living, is good living.
Make sure to plan well in advance if you’re headed to Bali during the peak season to avoid disappointment. If you’re making the most of the low season, you’ll likely find a host of very attractive last-minute deals on offer!
Whenever you choose to visit Bali, we’re certain you’ll fall in love with the warm hospitality, colourful culture, and incredible beauty of this island.
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