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When is the best time to visit Bali?

Discover the best times to visit Bali in light of the weather, hotel prices and activities.

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Bali is a great place to visit year-round, with temperatures averaging 85° throughout the year. It is a popular family destination for travelers during school breaks, so June to August and December will be busier than the rest of the year — this is likely to mean higher prices.

We figured out the best times to visit tropical Bali based on a combination of all the important vacation factors.

Best times to visit Bali

You’ll find that the temperature in Bali is comfortably warm year round, but some months are much rainier — this is called low season — and crowded than others. The most ideal weather for a sunny vacation are between the months of April to June and September to October.

April to October is the dry season in Bali, but June to August (along with Christmas and New Year’s) is the peak season, so these times will be the busiest. For a good balance of sunny and dry weather, affordable prices and manageable crowds, April to June and September to October are the best times to visit.

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Weather and prices:

Best time to visit Bali, weather-wise:

April to August is likely to be dry and sunny, making it perfect beach weather.

Cheapest time to visit Bali:

If you avoid common school breaks, you can often get great deals to Bali throughout the year. The cheapest deals we’ve seen (where flights can fall as low as about $450 each way) are often for January to April.

Best time to visit Bali for…

  • Surfing: It depends on where you are. The surf on the west coast is better in the dry season (from May to September), but surfing on the east coast is better during the wet season (November to March). Check Bali Surf Travel Company for more details.
  • Honeymoon: Avoid school breaks for a more peaceful honeymoon. We’d recommend April to June (excluding Easter) for great temperatures, quieter beaches and minimal rainfall.
  • Beaches: For dry days and smaller crowds, try April to June or September to October.
  • Diving: The best time for diving is usually in the shoulder months (between wet and dry seasons) of April and October.
  • Tanah Lot: Avoid lines by visiting mid-January to mid-April or September to November, because this is the low season. Sunset is a popular time of day to visit, but try early morning for a less busy experience.

What about visiting in low season?

Low season can see heavy amounts of rain, and this could put a damper on your vacation. However, it’s not a terrible option if you’re looking to save some money and don’t mind rolling the dice with the weather. Here are some pros and cons of low season:

Pros

Cons

  • Rain can last anywhere from an hour to a few days.
  • You’ll find tourist hot spots to be far less crowded.
  • Temperature can feel uncomfortably warm with the humidity.
  • The air will be cleaner due to heavy rains.
  • Excess rain water can flood rivers and runoff onto the beaches causing unwanted debris.
  • More mosquitoes will be present, increasing the risk of dengue fever.
  • Plans for snorkeling or diving can ruined by either rough seas or low visibility.

Traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic
With infection rates rapidly spiking nationwide, expect stronger travel restrictions as the holidays near. The CDC strongly advises postponing travel and staying close to home to avoid getting or spreading COVID-19. If you plan to travel during the pandemic, monitor and understand the risk assessment levels for your destination when planning your trip, before departure and on arrival. Follow safety measures that include wearing a mask in public settings, maintaining social distancing and washing your hands. If you are diagnosed, have symptoms of or are waiting for test results for COVID-19 — or are otherwise at risk of illness — do not host, attend gatherings or travel for 14 days. Note that the CDC warns against cruise travel at this time.

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