Why Visit Bali?
Bali, a beautiful island situated in Southeast Asia, is one of Indonesia’s favorite tourist destinations. It’s know for its captivating spiritual presence, unending heavenly beaches, breath-taking sunsets, and incredible hospitality. It definitely earns its place on many traveler’s “top travel destinations”. However, when it comes to deciding the best time to visit Bali, people tend to avoid the wet seasons, which are the Winter and Spring times and opt for a drier experience during Summer & Fall, the dry seasons. I don’t mind the rain because that’s what flip flops and raincoats are for, and I think Bali during rain seasons gives it an even more exotic touch which I love, moreover, the rain makes everything lush, green, and full-of-life!
Bali Climate Facts
Bali is located just 8 degrees south of the Equator, so you can expect a warm and tropical humid weather all year long. But in terms of precipitation, Bali’s climate can be split into two distinctive seasons. The dry season, and the rainy season. However, if you visit Bali during the rainy season, just be mentally and physically prepared for a crazy unpredictable weather. One second it can be sunny and beautiful, and the next second you’ll find yourself caught in the middle of a tropical storm. But hey, as long as you’re prepared for the sudden drastic change of weather, it can be actually quite fun to witness!
Rainy Season (October – April)
If you don’t mind the rain and enjoy getting soaking wet, then visiting Bali during Winter and Spring might be your best bet. And some perks of traveling during the wet season are that tourism in Bali is a bit slower, so flights tend to cheaper. AND you get a lot more space to yourself at popular tourist attractions. Also, downpours usually don’t last too long, so after the rain, you can still enjoy a lot of outdoor activities. And lastly, even though these months tend to the wettest months in Bali, keep in mind that Bali can still be quite busy during December, where lots of tourists come to celebrate Christmas and the New Year.
Dry Season (May – September)
July and August during the dry seasons tend to be the most busy and touristy. Since there’s less rain, the beaches are cleaner, the sun is shining brighter. However, the tourist attractions are also going to be jam-packed. But if you find traffic and the hustle and bustle more bearable than the rain, going to Bali in July and August would be a safe bet. (Disclaimer! Flights and hotel prices will be more expensive during July & August). If you have already confirmed your itineraries for Bali, start booking your flights EARLY. I’m talking about months before so that you’ll have a higher chance of finding a steal. I usually book my flights through Skyscanner because it shows you the cheapest countries fly to each month so that you can plan ahead and travel smart!
The Verdict – When is the Best Time to Visit Bali?
Let’s make a basic assumption that everyone hates the rain and wants to go to Bali without ever having to worry about getting caught in a tropical downpour in the afternoon. Well then, the months, April, May, June, and September, which are months right at the beginning and right at the end of the dry season, would be the best time to visit Bali. Since these months are right at the edge of Bali’s high season, room prices and flights tend a be cheaper, restaurants are less crowded, more water activities would be available due to more stable water conditions, and lastly, traffic is more bearable due to fewer visitors.
What Will I Need To Stay Dry?
- I think the single most important thing you need is FLIP FLOPS! I hate the feeling of walking with wet shoes, and moreover, wet shoes can cause itchy feet and athlete’s foot. Which is probably the last thing you want to be dealing with on a trip.
- Rain jackets are also a good idea! Bali is warm all year-round. So bring a breathable rain jacket that can protect you from the rain, but not make you sweat your butt off. I personally love this lightweight rain jacket from Columbia. And for guys (or if you prefer a looser fit), they also have a men’s version.
- I know I just mentioned that flip-flops are the best! But if you are going to be walking through dirt and bumpy roads, it would be a wiser choice to wear rain boots so that your fragile toes are well-protected. I personally find any types of boots super clumsy and annoying to bring on the road, so I usually just bring these super light-weight shoe covers and put them in my backpack just in case.
Enjoy Your Time in Bali No Matter the Weather
Bali is pretty awesome, so don’t let its weather scare you away! If you do visit Bali during the wet season, then look at the unpredictable weather as a bonus to your experience there. You get the opportunity to see Bali not only in its perfect beautiful sunny state, but also the gloomy and dark version of it. All in all, the dichotomy of Bali’s weather conditions is what makes it unique and one-of-a-kind, and we should all appreciate it. And after all, the best time to visit Bali really depends on how you choose to experience this beautiful paradise.
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