The Best Times to Visit Bali, Indonesia

If you are heading to Bali, then you probably know how many awesome things there is going on there, and the things you will see and do, but knowing the best times to visit Bali might just make you trip even better!

Bali being just south of the equator, there are no four seasons like you are use to from home, there is just the wet and dry season. Both are hot and humid, the main difference being the amount of rains.

Below you will find information on high and low season, as well as the wet and dry, so that you can decide when to make the trip. It should be noted however, that the low and rainy seasons do have far fewer tourists, so many people prefer that time, so that it is more quiet.

The Best Times to Visit Bali During the Year

The high and low season: High season is during the months of July and August, during the Easter Holidays, and Christmas / New Year (December till 1st week of January). This is the time Bali is the busiest time, because of people’s vacation times as well as good weather.

However, the best time to visit Bali is in the months of April, May, June and September, just before and just after the high season. It’s still dry season, it’s slightly less humid, and room prices and villa rentals can be 30-50% cheaper than during high season. There will also be slightly less crowds than there is in the high season, as well as traffic and lines at all the attractions. Basically, everything is better in those months.

The rainy season. The rainiest months, averaging 20+ rain days per month, and from November to March. If you don’t like the rain, or are coming to Bali for activities that require nice weather, then skip these months. But if you don’t mind rain, these are by far the less crowded and hectic months, and can be quite enjoyable. Prices are lowest, tourists are more scarce and traffic is down.

I even enjoy the rain because even in the wet season temperatures still average around 32 degrees, and the rain cools it off significantly.

The Best times for scuba diving in Bali: Diving can really be done year round, with relatively good visibility and warm water. However the best time for it is September to November. For the Mantas around Nusa Penida, you will see them all year round. For observing the mola mola, their season is in July and November. 

Since the diving is best in September and November in Bali, the mantas are seen year-round, and the mola mola are seen in July and November, I’d say try to plan your dive trip to Bali for November. 

Related: 101 Things to do in Bali and Guide to Scuba Diving in Bali

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Justin is a dive master and world traveler on a mission to dive and document the top 100 dive sites in the world. In doing this he hopes to bring love for the marine environment to the world!

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