Bali weather follows two seasons: dry and wet – though you can expect mostly warm and humid days throughout the year. The dry season is from May to September. This offers sunny days and an average temperature of 31° Celsius.
Most consider the mid-year period to be the best time to go to Bali. You can expect a good balance between sun, sand and surf during the time. The wet season is October to April with occasional downpours and overcast skies. The windy months are between June and August, which Bali locals often refer to as the ‘kite season’ and when the skies are dotted with colourful traditional Balinese kites.
Best time to go to Bali: May to August!
Preferences may vary regarding Bali weather. Even so, for generally cooler times in Bali, the best time to visit is from May to August. This is when humidity levels on the island are at their lowest.
During this period, the air is drier and pleasant for outdoor activities and overland sightseeing tours. The skies in Bali are also clear and blue during this time, which makes it great for outdoor and landscape photography.
Hottest time in Bali
The hottest months in Bali are April and October when daytime temperatures can rise up to 32 degrees Celsius. Humidity levels in the coastal areas can reach up to 75%. The island receives an ample 12 hours of sunlight with average daytime temperatures. It can range from 27 to 32 degrees Celsius during these times.
Average daytime temperatures in the cooler highlands average from 21 to 27 degrees Celsius. This can drop sharply low during night time. Sunrise is between 5.50am and 6.23am, and sunset is between 6.15pm and 6.47pm.
Low season in Bali
The low season in Bali, in terms of hotel bookings, is roughly the first and last quarters. In other words, it’s right after the New Year (from January to March) and the last quarter (from October to November). December usually has a fair amount of 'holiday season' bookings).
The wet Bali weather around these months also sees residents having their umbrellas and ponchos at hand. You can expect lower hotel rates around this time, together with all sorts of benefits on offer. You can also anticipate lesser crowds during these months.
Quieter months in Bali
Quieter roads allow for faster access times from your hotel to locations of interest. This is true during certain national holidays. One such time of the year is the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, with its main celebration on the day of Eid-ul-Fitr, or 'Idul Fitri'. Much of the non-Balinese populace departs from the island and head home for the holidays.
Similarly, before the Nyepi silent day or Saka New Year celebrations, residents return to their respective rural homes to be with their families. Expect the peak season in Bali around Christmas and New Year, from December 24 to January 5. A dry season and school holiday equivalent is between July 1 and September 30.