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Bali Weather in May 2024

In May, the dry season starts in Bali. The weather is mostly dry and sunny with very little rain, and the sea is calm. It is a very good season for a beach vacation and water activities.

May is the shoulder travel season in Bali. There are fewer travelers and you could travel for a relatively low price.

  • Averages temperature range: 24–33°C (75–91°F)
  • Rainfall: 9 cm (4 inches)
  • Rainy days: 8
  • Sunshine hours/day: 9
  • Ocean temperature: 29°C (84°F)
  • Humidity: 60%

Is Bali Hot in May? -The Daily Temperatures

Although May is Bali's hottest month, it is very cool in the evenings with a refreshing breeze.

In this month, the average daily maximum is 33°C (91°F) and the average nightly minimum is a comfortable 24°C (75°F). The average temperature of the seawater is about 29°C (84°F). This is perfect beach weather.

Bali Weather in May

Is There Any Rain in May? -Rainfall and Sunshine

bali beach in May

May is the start of Bali's dry season. It is hot and sunny. There are about 8 hours of sunshine per day. There are some showers during this month but as the month goes on, the rainfall decreases.

There may be some light rain this month with an average of 8 days of light rain, and the rain mainly arrives in the late afternoon or evening and only lasts for a few hours. These showers shouldn't disrupt your travel plans.

Is May a Good Time to Visit Bali?

bali rice terraces family hikking

May is a good time to visit Bali due to the favorable weather and travel conditions. It falls just before and after the high season, is still in the dry season, and has a slightly lower humidity. It's less crowded than the summer vacation season from June to August, making it an ideal time to visit. Additionally, travel prices are more reasonable during this period.

Sunny Weather

The weather is sunny, dry, and less humid with only 8 days of slight rain. You could enjoy a sunny beach vacation, engage in watersports, and even go mountain climbing. Most of the time, the skies are clear, offering stunning views of the islands.

Clean Beaches and a Calm Sea

The beaches are generally cleaner due to the dry weather and fewer travelers there. The sea is clean and calm, and the tide is low, making it a very good time for swimming or any other water activities.

Low Travel Costs and Fewer Travelers

May is the shoulder travel season in Bali. The Easter vacation crowds have just left and the summer vacation is yet to come. There are no major vacations this month. The islands and beaches are quieter with fewer travelers, and it's more relaxed. Hotel prices and villa rentals could be 30–50% cheaper than during the high season.

The Best Places to Visit in Bali in May

May is a great time to explore Bali's stunning beaches, majestic mountains, and enchanting waterfalls. Don't miss out on these activities, which are perfect for a memorable Bali trip in May.

1. Soak Up the Sun and Dive into Water Activities

Beautiful Beach in Uluwatu, Bali

With clear sunny skies, it's the perfect time to enjoy the beaches. Enjoy some sunbathing or water activities, such as swimming, snorkeling, and diving. Uluwatu Beach and Amed Beach are two good choices for May.

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2. See the Full Splendor of Bali's Waterfalls

Amazing Tegenungan Waterfall near Ubud in Bali, Indonesia

In May, waterfalls are still near their peak volume since May follows the rainy season. This makes May the perfect month to admire the majestic waterfalls in Bali. One standout attraction is the Munduk Waterfalls, showcasing their magnificence during this time of year.

3. Embark on a Hiking Adventure

Mount Batur, Bali Mount Batur, Bali

The dry weather is ideal for hiking and mountain climbing in Bali. With mostly sunny conditions, you could enjoy clear views of the mountains and landscapes. Consider trekking up the renowned Mount Batur (1,717 m / 5,633 ft) in northern Bali for an unforgettable experience.

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