When is the best time to visit Bali?
With its tropical climate, vibrant local culture, epic surf beaches and celebrated night life, it is no surprise why Bali is a favourite destination among so many Australian travellers.
There is something for everyone in Bali, whether you’re looking to relax by the beach, enjoy delicious food, shop at the local markets or explore the rich beauty of the surrounding countryside.
So, when is the best time to go to Bali? There are several factors to consider including the weather, peak tourism times, accommodation and airfare prices, surf conditions and local festivals and celebrations.
With average temperatures of almost 30°C year-round, Bali doesn’t have a traditional summer or winter. Instead it has two seasons – a dry and a wet season.
The dry season runs from May to October and is generally considered the best time to travel to Bali given the drop in humidity. The days are sunny with blue skies, the beaches are at their most pristine and you can enjoy a beautiful refreshing breeze in the evenings.
If you’re dreaming of an endless summer, the surf conditions in Bali are world class year-round. When the swell is at its peak between April and October, you can ride idyllic waves on the West Coast – perfect for learning to surf – while the East Coast offers the best conditions between November and March.
Local festivals and celebrations
Rituals, festivals and celebrations are an integral part of Balinese life. Of special note to travellers is the celebration of the Lunar New Year, Nyepi. Following colourful street parades and parties in the three days leading up to the holiday, the Balinese people initiate their new year with a day of silence and repose, free of outside activity and entertainment. The whole island closes down and tourists are required to honour the holiday by remaining in their hotel rooms in silence for the day. The date of Nyepi changes each year according the lunar calendar but will usually fall in the month of March.
On a different front, over the months of June and July you can expect large groups of Indonesian high school leavers at popular Balinese tourist destinations, as they celebrate their version of ‘schoolies’ in a manner far milder than we are familiar with in Australia.
Cheapest time to go to Bali
If you’re looking for the best deal on flights and accommodation in the dry season, the best time to visit Bali is during May, June, September and October. Outside of the peak tourism times of July and August, you can save 30-50% on your stay at a private Balinese villa or hotel room – making a relaxing holiday in paradise super affordable at any budget.
When it comes to booking your flights to Bali, a great way to save money is to fly mid-week instead of on the weekend and avoid the start or end of the Australian school holidays, where airfares are usually at their highest.
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