Weather in Bali
Winter Blues don’t exist in Bali. With consistently warm and tropical climate, Bali averages enjoyable temperatures between 20-33°C year-round. Chasing Summer? Head to Bali! Whether you’re craving a day in the sun, hike in the rainforest, an epic surf or snorkel, Bali will be sure to deliver whenever you choose to visit. The sea stays warm all year with an average temperature of 27-29°C, so perfect for a holiday in the Australian winter! Although the weather is always pleasant in Bali, it’s important to make note of the wet and dry seasons. Read on to find out more!
Bali’s Dry Season
Bali’s dry (and most popular) season occurs between May and September with low humidity and hardly any rainfall. The average temperature during this time is still a warm 27°C – perfect beach weather! Evenings can be a little cooler and there is usually a refreshing breeze during the day however it’s rare for the temperature to drop lower than mid-low 20’s. The central mountains, Ubud and higher regions are typically cooler than the lower coastal areas. During Bali’s dry season, the beaches are extremely clean and, although there might be the occasional rainfall, humidity is very low – making for a very comfortable holiday. Due to the ideal weather and consequent influx of tourists, it is worth noting that it is slightly more expensive to travel to Bali in the dry season.
If you’re stuck on what to wear in Bali during the dry season, we’ve got you covered. Despite Indonesia’s Muslim beliefs, the general rules around attire for travellers located in the beach towns are more relaxed. While it is important to be respectful of traditional Balinese culture (which tends to be more conservative), shorts and sleeveless tops are acceptable and comfortable in this climate. However, should you venture to a small village where there are many more locals than tourists, it is important to take a wrap, scarf or longer pants to pop on.
Bali’s Wet Season
Known as the wet season, Bali’s weather between October and April typically comprises of heavy, yet very short, rain showers (usually at night). During these months, the humidity is higher and the days are still sunny, so you can laze by the pool or recline on the beach and bask in the revitalising Vitamin D. Less tourist-ridden than during the dry season, Bali is typically quieter and more subdued around this time of year, so you have more of the beach, rainforest, shops and bars to yourself. For the surfers, the wet season is when the swell picks up! This is the perfect time of year to visit Bali if you plan on hitting the epic, world-renowned waves.
Since the temperature can reach up to 30°C during Bali’s wet season, we suggest packing light and breathable wear. Fabrics such as cotton, silk and linen are perfect as they dry quickly in the humidity. For more comfort, avoid wearing tight clothing to minimise the risk of chafing and sweating in the tropical heat (nobody wants that!). Remember to pack sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses so your holiday doesn’t become spoiled by sunburn! It might even be worth adding a rain jacket and umbrella to your suitcase because the weather conditions around this time of year can change quite quickly. Although always very short and refreshing, you never know when a rain shower is going to strike.
As mentioned above, Bali is classically quite a conservative province however it is acceptable for tourists to wear t-shirts, shorts, singlets, flip flops and other typical “Summer” attire generally worn in Australia. In saying this, if you are invited into a sacred temple, attending a local religious ceremony or visiting a Balinese family, it is vital that you dress more modestly.
When is the Best Time to Visit Bali?
Bali is an adventurous, luxurious and exciting place to visit year-round, so it really depends on what you plan to do with your time when deciding when you should travel there. While Bali is generally always warm and sunny, Bali typically receives the most visitors during July and August, due to there being less chance of rain at this time. On the other hand, Bali’s wet season (running from October to April) is ideal for surfing! Like the sun, the surf parades its glory all throughout the year in Bali, however the wet season usually sees bigger and better swell – a surfer’s ecstasy. If you fancy an exotic and thrilling Christmas and New Year’s, Bali is the ultimate hotspot over December and January with countless festivals and celebrations to see the new year in.
If basking in the sun all day, every day is your top priority when visiting Bali, you may want to travel between June and September. Being Bali’s dry season, chance of rain is extremely low so you’re free to sip cocktails by the beach all day long. This time of year is also best for diving and snorkeling. Although Bali is home to some of the world’s most captivating snorkeling year-round, the ocean is slightly cleaner throughout the dry season, making the commanding coral reefs even more magnificent. These months are also an ideal time to travel if you are planning on climbing the mountains of Bromo or Ijen, for example. The dry weather makes the enchanting walking tracks easier to hike! Whatever your desire, Bali gifts locals and tourists with endless authentic, unique and thrilling experiences all throughout the year.
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