My friends and family regularly ask me when would be the best time to come and visit Bali?  This is a pretty loaded question, and there are about as many different answers as there are types of weather and climate on this tiny little island!

Both air and water temperature don’t change much during the year.  Air temperature on average is consistently between 25-33 degrees Celsius, equivalent to 85-90 degrees Fahrenheit. Ocean water temperature averages around 28 degrees Celsius, or 80 degrees Fahrenheit.  Not bad right?

Bali is a very popular tourist destination all year long, but there are times when it seems like the island is flooded with travellers, and others where it settles down a bit and one can really enjoy the sights and sounds without too many other people around, depending on where you are of course. Certain parts of Bali like Kuta, Seminyak and Ubud are incredibly popular and are rarely quiet. To simplify what could become a pretty technical discussion on Bali’s climate, lets just say that you can separate the year into 2 main seasons, Wet Season & Dry Season.

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Bali climate

From December to March, (summer in the Southern Hemisphere) the westerly monsoon winds can bring heavy rain showers and high humidity, but can still remain sunny with sporadic rain passing through quickly, mostly in the late afternoon, or evening.  From June to September, (winter) the south-easterly trade winds blow bringing low humidity and dry weather that tends to cool down in the evenings.  This is the time of year when you will see minimal rain fall in Bali.

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Rainy season in Bali

The rainy season in Bali is not bad compared to other Southeast Asian countries like Thailand, or even other parts of Indonesia such as North Java. Days are mostly sunny and very hot, and then in the afternoon or evenings the thunder starts to rumble, the clouds roll in, and the lightning peels,  signaling the imminent arrival of a burst of heavy rain. These showers can last for anywhere from 30 minute’s to 2 hrs, but rarely longer than that. Occasionally up in the volcanic highlands of Bali one can experience a few days of non-stop rain, but this is pretty rare.

The months with statistically the heaviest rainfalls are usually January and February. This time of year seems to experience less tourism because of the rains, and one of the great upshots of this is that you will experience ‘low-season’ prices everywhere you go. Things like accommodation are a lot cheaper at this time of year.

Despite having gloomy weather, there are good things about the rainy season.  This is the time that it gets really warm.  The water stays consistently warm even in the early morning.  The air temperature stays the same both mornings and nights requiring no additional clothing.  You can comfortably wear nothing but shorts, t-shirt, and sandals.

If the rains become unbearable during your stay in Bali, try to escape to Gili Islands, where the weather is a bit dryer.

Dry season in Bali

Dry season begins around late May, when the rains dissipate and humidity levels drop.  The south-easterly trade winds kick in, ensuring that the evenings become refreshingly cool, depending on your perspective of cool of course, and you may even feel the need to wear a sweatshirt when driving a motorbike. The peak of the dry season in Bali is in July and August.  So if you like tropical heat, this is definitely the time to come to Bali. It is sunny all day long, the sunsets are spectacular and the nightlife, especially in the south, is non-stop. Most of the local cultural, music or arts festivals take place at this time of year due to the dry weather, so you are guaranteed to have an amazing experience whilst on the island. Unfortunately, you will have to share Bali with a large number of other travellers that have the same idea. Dry Season coincides perfectly with the Northern Hemisphere summer holiday months, and due to the low costs of holidaying on the island, Bali is a very popular tourist destination. The down side to this is that High-season prices kick in and everything on the island becomes about twice as expensive as normal for this 2 month ‘silly-season’

Weather statistics in Bali

Month

Average temperature

Humidity

January

28 C / 82 F

 85%

February

28 C / 82 F

85%

March

28 C / 82 F

75%

April

28 C / 82 F

75%

May

27 C / 80 F

65%

June

27 C / 80 F

60%

July

26 C / 78 F

55%

August

26 C / 78 F

55%

September

26 C / 78 F

60%

October

27 C / 80 F

65%

November

28 C / 82 F

75%

December

28 C / 82 F

85%