Known by its appellation ‘Island of the Gods’, the best time to visit Bali from India, one of the most exotic islands on earth is during the dry season between April to October. Nestled on the Indian Ocean, Bali is close to the equator, and its tropical, warm and humid climate reflects this. Tourism is the most significant source of economy in Bali highlighted by its stunning beaches, ancient temples, lush mountains, scenic lakes, iconic rice terraces, gushing sacred rivers, secret canyons, caves and waterfalls, and unique culture. Besides, exotic temples and palaces set against stunning natural backdrops are some of its top attractions. The usual four-season cycle doesn’t apply to Bali, but it does have two distinctive seasons - the dry (summer) and the wet (monsoon). Some may love the shower season for more space (courtesy lesser tourists) and peace, better selection of hotel rooms at affordable prices, while others might prefer the dry months when touristic opportunities are aplenty.
Learn more about Bali’s two seasons and things that you can do on the island depending on the time of your travel.
Bali during the dry season - April through October
During the dry season, Bali receives the least rain, most sun and the lowest humidity turning it into the best season to visit Bali. Temperatures at this time stay between 28-30 degree Celsius. Expect warm, clear blue sky in the day, and in the evenings, enjoy cool breezes, especially along the coast toward southern Bali and in the highlands up north. The dry months are also the peak tourist season in Bali, and it is July and August months that attract the highest footfall. The advantages of visiting Bali in this season are many and among these are outdoor activities. Enjoy Bali’s water sport activities such as scuba diving, surfing, sea walking, snorkelling, etc. It’s also the ideal time for trekking, especially climbing up to the Mount Batur and witness the sunrise. Moreover, the pristine temples Tanah Lot, Pura Besakih, Pura Urun Danu Batur and Tirta Empul, are a must-see. You can go cycling around Bali’s countryside in the Ubud region, which is rich in paddies and ravines. Another must-do is to watch the traditional Kecak “monkey” dance performed by men in the villages of the island who use no instrumental music but use claps and beats to give music to their steps.
Travel Tip: You can plan your trip to Bali to coincide with three popular events and festivals held in the island during the dry season. A lot of tourists visit Bali to witness Bali Arts Festival (June and July), Bali Kites Festival (between July and August), and Nusa Dua Light Festival (June or July).
Bali during the wet season - November through March
The temperature is comfortable, but humidity can be high, with average temperatures staying at 31 degree Celsius. The wettest months are December through February while November has short and intense showers followed by sunny skies. Luckily, it never rains all day (with one or two exceptions) leaving rest of the day warm and clear, so your holiday is not going to be a total washout. In March, the rain starts to show signs of slowing and transitioning into more brighter days, and humidity begins to notch down slowly. Overall, Bali turns quieter, and these are the best months to visit Bali if looking for less crowd and traffic. Besides, you will easily find a table at Bali’s trendy beachside clubs, cafes and restaurants, and discounted rates on hotels, resorts and villas. Some sightseeing turns even better after the rain. Rice terraces, water parks, and lake temples, for instance, appear more crisp and fresh. Also, take advantage of the rising water levels and go white water rafting along the beautiful Ayung River. Canyoning is at its best too when the valleys and gorges are filled with water. Beachgoers should be wary of rough waves, though. Moreover, this time is ideal for indulging in a pampering Balinese spa treatment when the air turns fresh and the earth aromatic.
Quick Fact: Bali celebrates Nyepi Day or “Day of Silence” in March according to the Balinese calendar. The whole island, even the perpetually busy airport, is shut down for 24 hours to observe this day, and visitors have to follow suit by staying indoors at their hotels.
How to Reach Bali
- By Air: Flights are the best way to reach Bali. You can take a flight to Bali’s only airport Ngurah Rai International Airport. It is the third busiest in Indonesia and has good air connectivity to major destinations around the world. If you are travelling from India, you can take a flight from Chennai to Bali via Batik Airline. Other than this, you can reach other airports in Indonesia - Jakarta, Surabaya, Yogyakarta, Bandung, and Lombok, all having direct flights to Bali. Another way is to travel to either Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur or Singapore first and then take a flight from there to Bali.
- By Sea: Many cruise liners traversing through South-East Asia have a stop at Bali. You can take a flight to Singapore, Sumatra or Java. From either of these places, you can make an onward journey on a ship to Bali. However, the sea routes to Bali at times can turn rough and unpleasant. You can instead choose a flight to Bali.
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Best Season to Visit Bali FAQs
Q. When is the best time to go diving in Bali?
A: Diving in Bali is best done during the dry months from April to September. These months are also a great time to pursue other water sports in Bali like surfing, snorkelling, sea walking, parasailing, white river rafting, etc.
Q. Which months are best for a budget trip to Bali?
A: If you want to be light on your pocket and save money on your travel to Bali, then you should visit the island between February to early June and late September to early December. These are the months when hotels offer the best deals and discounts in a room and you can easily get best Bali holiday packages. Also, there are fewer tourists on the island. So, ideally, this is the best time to visit Bali for Honeymoon.
Q. Is it a good time to travel Bali in December?
A: Although December is technically “rainy season”, yet it’s highly a peak season in Bali as tourists from across the world come here during Christmas and New Year time and enjoy everything that Bali has to offer.
Q. What clothing to pack for Bali travel?
A: In Bali, flip flops or comfortable walking sandals are a must. Light-weight and breathable clothing like t-shirts and shorts will keep you cool. Carry a light pullover if you are riding a motorbike. You may want to keep a waterproof jacket or a raincoat if you are visiting the highlands of Bali between November to February as you may get caught in unexpected heavy showers. If you are visiting a temple, you will need clothing that covers your arms and knees, preferably a blouse or shirt and sash and a sarong.
Q. Does Bali face a tsunami threat?
A: Bali is vulnerable to tsunami. To cope with any risk triggered by a tsunami, the government of Bali and Indonesia in whole have set up detailed evacuation plans for residents and tourists. Tsunami aside, the island is home to active volcanoes. Gunung Agung mount last erupted in late May 2019, spewing a plume of the volcanic ash, with no casualties or evacuation reported. Regardless, Bali is still a safe place to travel as compared to other parts of Indonesia, and it is the centre of the tourism industry in the island nation and welcomes thousands of visitors every year.