The weather in Bali can affect all aspects of life, for both tourists and locals alike. It’s a great place to visit year-round, but depending on your reasons for travel, it pays to know what to expect weather-wise throughout the year. You can relax in knowing that no matter when you visit Bali, you’ll be greeted with warmth and sunshine, but here’s some other things that you should be aware of.
Bali’s Climate at a Glance
Just as you’d expect from paradise, Bali enjoys warm days filled with sunshine throughout the year, so you can rest assured you’ll be leaving with a tan.
Sitting at a comfortable 20-33 degrees Celsius year-round, the average daily temperature in Bali is around 26 degrees Celsius. So no matter when you visit the island, it’s the perfect time to be enjoying that all important fun in the sun, as well as taking in some of the spectacular scenery of the local beaches.
However, despite these relatively comfortable temperatures, there is still seasonality in Bali. Like most tropical islands, Bali experiences two distinct seasons rather than four – the rainy season and the dry season.
Dry Season: April – September
With less rain, lower humidity and cooler evenings, the dry season is the most popular time of year for tourists. Bali receives most of its visitors between July and August.
Despite being labelled the ‘dry season’, you should still be prepared for the occasional shower every now and again. Bali is humid year-round, but because of the lower humidity in the dry season, evenings are generally pleasantly cooler.
For families wanting to make the most of playing by the pool, nature parks and other recreational activities, the dry season is the perfect time for doing all of the above. Less rain and lower humidity means you’ll hear fewer complaints from the kids and have a far more comfortable time with them yourself!
The dry season is also a great time for adults as it’s the best time of year for outdoor activities. If you’re exploring further afield and visiting the highland areas of Kintamani or Bedugul (which we highly recommend you do), bring something warm – it can get a little cold once the sun sets in these areas!
Rainy Season – October – March
Rain is an accepted part of tropical life with the onset of monsoon season bringing in heavy showers and high humidity from the west of Bali. As a result, the whole island quietens as the tourist numbers dip.
However, don’t let the expectation of rain discourage you from taking a holiday in Bali during this time. In 2014, the rains didn’t start until December, so there’s still plenty of time to enjoy a dryer holiday. When it does rain though, the showers generally clear up after an hour or two, letting the sun shine through again. On top of that, it typically only rains through the night, leaving your days sunny and ready for exploration (or lounging by the pool).
Very rarely are visitors met with continual rain, so there’s no reason for you to not take advantage of the smaller crowds at this time of year to explore Bali’s numerous temples and cultural sites. And besides, if it does start to rain, you can always spend some time hunting bargains in the department stores. Fewer people around also means that things are cheaper than the busier times of year, leaving you and your family the opportunity to enjoy more for less.
Things do pick up again at around the Christmas and New Year period, so if you’re after a holiday away from other tourists, you may want to plan your trip either before or after this time.
While rain is an integral part of Bali’s beautiful tropical climate, you don’t have to let that change what time of year you visit. Whether you’re planning to travel in the rainy or dry season, get in touch with Hoot Holidays, we’re guaranteed to give you an amazing holiday in Bali, no matter the weather!