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Best & Worst Times to Visit Bali 2024 (First-Timer Guide)

By GavinUpdated Nov. 15, 2023

The best times to visit Bali are May, June, September, and October during its dry season. During these months, there are fewer tourists, allowing you to relish the sunny beaches, clear skies, and pristine islands to the fullest.

With a tropical climate, Bali experiences a consistently warm climate throughout the year. Its daytime temperatures are around 30°C (86°F). There are mainly two seasons there: the dry season ((April to October) and the rainy season (November to March). see below some key facts on Bali weather/climate:

  • Dry season: April to October
  • Rainy season: November to March
  • Hottest month: May
  • High season: May to September

When Are the Best Months to Go to Bali?

Undoubtedly, the best time to visit Bali is April to October for a sun-soaked vacation. During this period, we've thoughtfully singled out the best months for popular activities and travel themes.

Best Time to Visit Bali
  • For a romantic getaway in Bali: the best times to visit Bali are late April to mid-June and late August to early October for fewer peak season crowds.
  • For family trips: the island's best weather time (April to October) lines up perfectly with kids' spring break and summer vacations. To avoid local holidaymakers, you're suggested to take your family trip in April, June, or August.
  • For water fun: If you seek minimal rainfall and calm seas for water fun, you're suggested to travel to Bali between June and September.

Insider tips: As Bali experiences its peak season during these times, you're suggested to make your bookings at least 3 months in advance, particularly for hotels with great views or family rooms.

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The Worst Time to Visit Bali

The rainy season (November to March) seems to be the worst time to visit, particularly the rainiest month, January. So for sun seekers with flexible schedules, avoid this period or go to sunbathing island destinations, like Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines.

Rainfalls are occurring every 2 or 3 days during these months. The sky may be overcast. It is very humid on the beaches.

However, if your travel date is fixed, traveling in the rainy season still brings benefits: the lowest costs along with the smallest crowds.

Tips to Make "Worst Time" a Better Experience

  • Consider late March and early November: They are perfect for enjoying a balance of good weather, fewer crowds, and lower costs.
  • Staying on the east coast: consider places like Nusa Dua and Uluwatu, is helpful to get drier experiences too.
  • Indulge in indoor activities: such as yoga classes, cooking classes, and hands-on experiences in local workshops.
  • Travel with a flexible private Bali tour (which we provide): You can maximize the sunny intervals and easily adapt to short-lived afternoon downpours with minimal hassle.

Temperature and Rainfall in Bali

Bali Weather by MonthBali Weather by Month
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Click the sign of each month to check the travel guide information.

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

Bali in January: Wettest Month, The Most Affordable Month

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 2024 festival: Gulungan, 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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