It’s all in the weather when choosing the ideal time of year to visit Bali.
Australians are the leading foreign tourists Visiting Bali this year.
The idyllic island situated in Indonesia has already had over 260,000 visitors from Australia in 2023 so far. Bali is an excellent destination for every type of traveller from families to singles, couples, and honeymooners.
It can be visited year-round, with each tropical season accommodating different types of travellers.
Bali sits below the equator in the southern hemisphere, 8 degrees south to be exact.
This idyllic position gives Bali a warm, tropical climate all year round. The average temperature in Bali is around 30 degrees Celsius and is categorised by two distinct seasons, the rainy season, and the dry season.
Visiting Bali in the dry season: April to September
Visiting Bali in the summer is always busy with fellow Australians escaping the winter months down under. Europeans as well escaping the summer crowds and seeking a more exotic destination. The dry season in Bali starts in April and goes through to early September or so each year.
Accommodation is busy and therefore expensive, so booking ahead is the key to securing affordable prices.
As it is the peak of the dry season in July and august, it is an opportunity to enjoy less humidity.
It is perfect weather for visiting temples, lounging in luxury hotels, participating in yoga retreats and experiences, and visiting beaches, all these activities are likely be crowded. Opportunities will be limited for travellers looking to experience serenity on the island.
Visiting Bali in the rainy season: October to March
Visiting Bali during the rainy season, can be excellent for less crowds. The high humidity and high temperatures deter some tourists from visiting Bali at this time, making it less crowded.
The rainy season officially starts in October and ends in March. With Bali’s weather still sunny, even during the rainy season it is possible to see bright sunny skies for at least part of each day.
However, the cons that come along with the wet season are the much higher chances of rain, high temperatures and high humidity, and mosquitoes. Likely a decrease in visibility as well for those who wish to try out some of Bali’s most stunning hiking trails or travelling to diving spots.
This time of year can see prices tumble, especially in high end hotels.
For the traveller seeking lower prices when planning a visit to Bali it is best to avoid the dry season as hotel prices spike between June and early September as well as during extended holiday periods over November to December.
So, when is the best time to visit?
Known as the ‘shoulder months’ may, June, and September each fall under the rainy season but outside of festive celebrations.
With a lack of demand in these times it makes it possible for reduced rates, reduced airfares, allowing tourists the ability to enjoy fewer people and greater serenity with less crowds in beaches, temples, and roads etc.
The weather during these months makes it the best time to visit Bali as the weather is dry and less humid than the peak of the rainy season.
Another amazing pro are the good sea conditions for diving, surfing, and snorkelling due to it being somewhat in between the peak of both the wet and dry season.
While there is no significantly cheaper time to visit Bali, travelling outside of major peak times can help save around 30% on regular rates.
There is something magic about travelling to Bali with less of the hustle and bustle going on, particularly when it comes to traffic as it will be drastically reduced.
Travelling in the shoulder months is the best time of year to visit Bali as there is so much that can be enjoyed in the sun or rain.
If your travel schedule allows, use these months as the perfect steppingstone to explore what is on offer without worrying about long wait times or large crowds and afford some extra luxury in the fabulous five-star hotels, restaurants and spas that can be enjoyed at your ideal time of year.