The Indonesian land of Bali is truly a magical destination. With so much to offer from the jungle that surrounds Ubud to the beaches along the south coast, it always seems to have something to explore. Whatever your travel preferences, you’ll find rewarding things to see and do in Bali any time of year. When is the best time to go to Bali? Follow this article to get more information and understand why this tropical island deserves a place in your travel itinerary.
Why you should visit Bali?
Bali, known as the “Island of the Gods”, is a beautiful cluster of islands located near the equator in the Bali Sea and the Indian Ocean. Known for its wonderful tropical scenery and year-round mild, warm climate, it is a favorite destination for international travelers looking for a sunny getaway on remote shores. It attracts more than 6 million visitors from all over the world every year. Soft white sand beaches, lush greenery all around, tranquil lakes and rushing waterfalls, majestic mountains, volcanoes and deep canyons make up Bali’s stunning landscape.
Besides, the rainforests in Bali are filled with wildlife and tropical plants. Sumatran tigers, black gibbons, orangutans, and komodo dragons have been discovered in the rainforests here. Dense vines, bamboo and thickets make tropical forests the ideal home for the Balinese long-tailed macaques, which reside in the thousands. In addition, Bali also has active and sacred volcanoes or ancient landmarks with unique designs. For a photographer or anyone interested in “collecting” unique experiences and sights, Bali is one of the top destinations. In addition to mouthwatering local dishes, you’ll also be greeted by friendly locals. So what is the best time to go to Bali?
Best time to go to Bali
In general, the best time to go to Bali is April to June. This is the shoulder-to-shoulder season before Bali’s peak summer season when most tourists and visitors come- especially in the month of July and August. This is also the beginning of Bali’s dry season (April to October) when the island experiences little rain or extreme weather. If you really want the ideal Bali experience, go in May. This is usually the hottest month in Bali with an average temperature of around 82°F.It’s dry, and sunny, and the evening breeze keeps things comfortable whether you’re on the beach, hiking, or exploring the rainforest. Fewer visitors in May means easier bookings and lower airfares and hotels.
Best Months for Hiking
If you are passionate about hiking, then visiting Bali from April to October is ideal. The rainy season is too unpredictable for daily hikes, especially if you’re trying to run a lot. If you come to Bali specifically for hiking, like those visiting the beaches, you’ll want to come during the dry season. Similarly, if you want to rent a motorbike and spend the day roaming around the island, the dry season is also more suitable.
Best time to Hike Batur Mountain
Climbing Mount Batur can be the top goal of those who love climbing when coming to Bali. Typically, you’ll book through a tour agency that will pick you up from your hotel at around 2 am for the 1,717-meter hike. You’ll reach the top of an active volcano at sunrise, and you’ll even have the chance to enjoy eggs poached in volcanic steam at the top of Mount Batur. The two-hour hike to the summit is best done between May and September to ensure dry weather and clear views.
Best Time to go to Bali for Festivals
In July and August, Bali’s high season coincides with the traditional summer vacation season in Europe, America, and Australia. Most parts of Bali are flooded with tourists in the summer when tourists come to taste Try the island’s many delicacies and enjoy some of the most colorful festivals. One of the most iconic festivals in Bali is the Bali Arts Festival, which takes place in June and July. Indonesian Independence Day (or Hari Merdeka) falls on August 17 and is celebrated with festivals outdoor parades and celebrations. Meanwhile, Galungan, a 10-day holiday celebrating the victory of good over evil (dharma over adharma), takes place in November.
Best Months to visit the beach
The best months for a classic Bali beach vacation are May, June, July, August and September with August being the driest month on the island. This is also the best time to dive underwater as the sun can enhance the underwater experience while buying will limit the underwater visibility. Of course, the downside of going to Bali between May and September is that you’ll be arriving during peak season. The temples, beaches, and hotels will be crowded so you won’t have many opportunities to soak up the sweet serenity of Bali that you experience during the low season.
The most suitable season for budget travelers
Bali’s low season coincides with the rainiest months of the year and it can be an unpredictable time for outdoor activities. The island is now making a comeback with a more laid-back atmosphere, significantly reduced room rates as well as very affordable flights suitable for travelers on a tight budget.
More Interesting information about Bali
Now you know the best time to go to Bali as well as when to avoid it. Here are some interesting facts you should know to make the most of your stay on this island:
- Bali is actually 4 islands. While the main island is the largest and most developed by far, Bali is also made up of the smaller islands of Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. This cluster of three smaller islands is relatively unspoiled with modern tourism. Each of Bali’s smaller islands is a great destination for those looking for a more secluded getaway.
- If you plan to experience Bali’s nightlife and hit the clubs and bars during your stay, know that Kuta, Seminyak and Legian are popular spots. These areas are home to the most resorts, clubs and bars for the crowds.
- If you don’t like that nightlife, choose to visit Nusa Dua, Sanur or Ubud. These areas are filled with natural beauty and are not bustling with activity like tourist hotspots. Perfect for romantic getaways, peaceful retreats and avoiding large crowds.
- Soft, white sand beaches are some of the most loved parts of Bali. The best beaches to visit are Sanur Beach (less crowded with a quieter atmosphere), Seminyak Beach (very popular with tourists with lots of restaurants and shops) and Pasir Beach Putih (Bali’s most “secret” beach).
- Perhaps the biggest fear of visitors is not being able to communicate with locals in English. Visiting a foreign country when you don’t speak the language can be challenging, but in Bali, many locals already use English as one of their unofficial languages.
- Bali’s tap water has caused fear among many tourists. The bacteria in the water here are not familiar with your gut microbiome and can quickly lead to diarrhea. Nothing spoils the beauty of Bali like getting sick, so avoid drinking from the taps and only drink bottled water.
Through this article, you probably already have the answer for yourself about the best time to go to Bali. Whether you are going during ideal weather or crowded, we are sure you will fall in love with Bali. You can plan your trip to soak up the excitement of the high season with the best weather and everything bustling around you. Or you can seek out the alluring tranquility and serenity you’ll find on relaxing beaches, dense rainforests, ancient temples and ruins.