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Best (and Worst) Times to Visit Bali 2022/2023 & When is the Rainy Season

Best (and Worst) Times to Visit Bali 2022/2023 & When is the Rainy Season

By GavinUpdated Sep. 29, 2022

The best time to visit Bali is between April and October when the weather is warm and dry. However, it is also prime tourist season, and hotel and flight prices peak for July/August.

The rainy season in Bali occurs between November and March. It is possible to travel in Bali during these months, but get ready for (heavy) afternoon showers and choppy seas. Lower prices and quieter beaches etc. are the rewards.

Best Times to Visit Bali for Great Weather

Bali Weather by MonthBali Weather by Month

The best months to visit Bali are from April to October for the best weather conditions. You can enjoy the gorgeous scenery more as well as all kinds of outdoor activities.

If you are a beach/island lover, the April–October dry season is the best time to visit Bali’s beaches and many other ocean-side attractions.

If you want to experience Bali festivals, the Bali Art Festival is held from mid-June to mid-July and the Bali Kite Festival is in July.

November to March is the best time for low prices in general, when you should find the biggest discounts and more promotions on accommodation, flights, and tours.

Get more tips: How to Plan a 1–2-Week First Trip to Bali. Or tell us your interests, and we’d be happy to find the perfect timings and activities for you.

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Bali’s Worst Times (the Wet Season)

Bali Rainfall by MonthBali Rainfall by Month

If you don't like rain, you'd better avoid January in particular. From November to March (the wet season), 1 of every 2 days are rainy, rising to 27 days of rainfall in January!

Rain brings out malaria carrying mosquitoes, so take care with repellants and where you go, particularly in the evenings. Consider anti-malarials, especially if you want to go to the jungle.

However, these worst times bring benefits. You can enjoy very reasonable prices and less-crowded beaches and temples.

Tegalalang Waterfall and Banyumala Twin Falls may dry out from April to October, but they can be spectacular in the wet season, though you may get rained on going to see them.

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Making the "Worst Times" Better

For example, you could choose a jungle or rice terraces visit at their lushest times, and stay away from choppy seas where ferry crossings and ocean activities may well be cancelled.

The ocean is too cloudy and turbulent for enjoyable diving in the wet season, but yoga can still be done, even when it’s raining (with a roof/shelter). The rain’s pitter patter may even enhance the experience. The humidity reduction certainly will.

During the wet season, it doesn't rain all day long. Usually, there are short afternoon downpours and the rest of the day is sunny, so you can enjoy most of many days without too much inconvenience. That said, the rain is generally too much and too unpredictable to get a good hike or scooter adventure in before the clouds burst. Always plan in somewhere to take shelter!

If you’re thinking you’d rather immerse yourself in Indochina’s rich cultural heritage and natural wonders (for better weather in these months), read The Best Times to Visit Southeast Asia. The best Southeast Asia tours for November to March include:

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Bali in January: Wettest Month, Uncrowded

Rice Terraces in Bali Rice Terraces in Bali
  • Average temperature range: 24°C to 33°C (75°F to 91°F)
  • Weather: warm/hot, humid, stormy, averaging 27 rainy days, very high rainfall
  • Recommended 2023 festival: Gulungan (January 4–14, 2023), Bali’s most important Hindu festival celebrates ancestral spirits visiting in a great cultural event every 210 days.

January weather conditions may be the worst of the year, but Bali is still warm/hot, and the rain can even offer respite from the heat when it comes as afternoon downpours.

This is the month for finding the best deals on hotels and flights. You’ll find uncrowded temples and plenty of space on the beaches. The exception is January 1st to 6th, when there are New Year vacationers.

It is not the time for diving, snorkeling, etc. or island hopping, but if you are content to grab some rays when you can on the beach and bring waterproofs/umbrellas for any time in the jungle or on the rice terraces, you could make Bali in January an enjoyable and economical trip.

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Bali in February: Wet, Low Prices

  • Average temperature range: 24°C to 33°C (75°F to 91°F)
  • Weather: some downpours, humid, averaging 22 rainy days, high rainfall

Though better than January, February is still an off-season month, featuring regular heavy rain, but low prices and low visitor numbers at top sights...

You could enjoy a peaceful holiday in this month, with some dry hours on the beach on most days, if you’re prepared to take it easy, dodge the rain, and spend more time indoors.

Avoid diving and other ocean activities due to poor visibility underwater and strong currents. Rough seas mean ferry crossings aren’t recommended. Visibility on Mount Batur is often poor and long hikes are not recommended.

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Bali in March: Last Wet Season Month

Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple in Bali Enjoy a peaceful time in Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple near Ubud.
  • Average temperature range: 24°C to 34°C (75°F to 93°F)
  • Weather: some downpours, humid, averaging 20 rainy days, high rainfall

March is still a wet month in Bali, especially in the first half of the month. It starts to get a little warmer and the showers start to peter out at the end of March.

Enjoy low prices and longer gaps between rain. Diving’s still out, and hiking’s still not recommended. Taking (morning) opportunities to see the scenery and enjoy the beaches, reserving temple visits and other indoor activities for when the rain comes is advised.

Bali in April: Dry Season Begins, Warmest Month

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  • Average temperature range: 25°C to 34°C (77°F to 93°F)
  • Weather: hottest month, but less humid, 9 rainy days, low rainfall

April is the hottest month in Bali. It is not unusual for temperatures to exceed 30°C (95°F) all day, and nights often stay in the high 20s Celsius (the 80s Fahrenheit)!

For beach lovers, hikers, divers… you are almost guaranteed some blue sky days and clear seas, but there will still be some rain on about 1 day in 3.

Bali is busy around Easter, but the rest of the month is a shoulder season time. Staying in a lovely beach resort with air-con in the April shoulder season offers a compromise between economy and the absolute best weather.

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Bali in May: Pleasant

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  • Average temperature range: 24°C to 33°C (75°F to 91°F)
  • Weather: hot/warm, pleasant, averaging 8 rainy days, low rainfall

May offers good conditions for Bali’s activities, from island hopping to jungle swinging, with minimal chance of disruption.

In May, the shoulder season continues. It’s a little cooler and drier than April, so better weather with similar prices.

Bali in June: Fine Weather

Enjoy water activities in Bali - water scooter Enjoy water activities in Bali - water scooter
  • Average temperature range: 24°C to 31°C (75°F to 88°F)
  • Weather: warm, clear skies/ocean, averaging 6 rainy days, low rainfall
  • Recommended 2022 festival: Gulungan (June 8–18, 2022), Bali’s most important Hindu festival celebrates ancestral spirits visiting in an interesting 11-day cultural event every 210 days.
  • Recommended yearly festival: Bali Arts Festival (June 12 – July 10, 2022; always mid-June–mid-July) in Denpasar offers a colorful journey into the world of Bali art.

June has lots of sunshine and balmy temperatures. It does not feel humid. This is an ideal month for all the island’s outdoor activities.

June is the end of the shoulder season and the peak tourism season will arrive at the end of June. Be prepared for full hotels and full prices. Booking early is recommended.

Bali in July: Great Island Conditions

Sunrise treks in Mount Batur Sunrise treks in Mount Batur
  • Average temperature range: 23°C to 31°C (73°F to 88°F)
  • Weather: warm, clear skies/waters, just 4 rainy days, low rainfall
  • Recommended yearly festivals: Bali Arts Festival (June 12 – July 10, 2022; always mid-June–mid-July) in Denpasar is a great opportunity to see local costumes, dances, and displays. Bali Kite Festival is also held through July at Sanur Beach, south Bali.

Enjoy great conditions for tropical relaxation and adventure. You could even plan to climb Mount Batur, Bali’s iconic volcano with a lake, with only a slim chance of any significant rain. Sunrise treks with high visibility are a highlight of Bali’s dry season.

Tourism comes to a peak in July and prices for accommodation reach their highest. It is best to book accommodation early (at least three months in advance) to avoid extra cost or hotels being fully booked.

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Bali in August: Best Month Weatherwise

  • Average temperature range: 23°C to 30°C (73°F to 86°F)
  • Weather: warm, clear skies/waters, just 4 rainy days, very low rainfall
  • Recommended festival: Indonesian Independence Day on August 17 has parades and other outdoor festivities.

August is the peak month for traveling to Bali. Virtually no rain means travel plans can be made with certainty and the best of snorkeling etc. conditions can be enjoyed.

Get your rooms and tours booked early, whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, a tropical family vacation, or a well-earned treat to boost your wellness for the rest of the year.

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Bali in September: More Balmy Weather

  • Average temperature range: 23°C to 30°C (73°F to 86°F)
  • Weather: warm, clear skies/waters, 8 rainy days, low rainfall

Tourism starts to drop off a bit after August, and September is considered a shoulder month (mainly as it’s the back-to-school month for many nations).

Though there is a little more rain, it’s still not significant. If you can visit in September, it should be good conditions for less money.

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Bali in October: End of the Dry Season

  • Average temperature range: 24°C to 34°C (75°F to 93°F)
  • Weather: heat/humidity builds, showers more often, ~12 rainy days, low rainfall

Bali experiences increasing rainfall towards the end of October, making it another month where deals can be had, as hotels try to fill rooms as demand drops.

In general, October is good value for money. It is your last chance to enjoy diving in Bali before the rainy season sets in and the ocean clouds up.

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Bali in November: Off Season Starts

  • Average temperature range: 24°C to 33°C (75°F to 91°F)
  • Weather: hot/humid, a few downpours, averaging 16 rainy days, moderate rainfall

The sea in Bali is noticeably rougher during November, which is not good for water activities, though rainfall doesn’t reach high amounts yet, so you might still get a day’s hiking in carrying waterproofs.

November is definitely in the off season, but there are still plenty of things that you can do.

Bali in December: Rainy Season in Full Swing

Yoga practice in the jungle in Bali Yoga practice in the jungle in Bali
  • Average temperature range: 24°C to 33°C (75°F to 91°F)
  • Weather: hot/warm, some downpours, averaging 22 rainy days, high rainfall

Although the wet season means some things like diving and mountain hikes are off the cards, you could still dodge the rain for sunny spells on the beach and yoga in the jungle. Enjoy delicious Balinese food indoors and its cultural attractions while you wait for the rain to stop.

Further north in SE Asia, the weather is much better. See The Best Times to Visit Southeast Asia.

Though low season, some tourists still come to Bali, particularly in late December as there are Christmas and southern hemisphere summer holidays, bringing up prices a little.

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