Best time to visit Bali: How to avoid crowds, high prices and the rainy season | Explainer

While Bali has always been a popular holiday spot for Aussies heading overseas, that’s now more true than ever.

As it starts to get cold at home, we’re all dreaming about taking a tropical vacation – and Bali is the perfect option.

But when is the best time to visit the Indonesian island? Read on to find out.

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Young female tourist visiting Kelingking Beach on the Indonesian island of Nusa Penida. Climbs up the step trail to the top.
Over a million Aussies visit Bali each year. (Getty)

What is the best month to go to Bali?

The best time to visit Bali is between the months of May and October, the dry season.

During the middle of the year – when it’s winter back home – the weather is warm and sunny in Bali, usually between 20 and 30 degrees Celsius.

If you want to narrow it down even more, either May or early September would be your best bet. This way you’re avoiding peak tourism and school holiday times, when flight prices could be increased.

Trip.com is offering up to 50 per cent off Bali accommodation, and flights starting from $255, if you’re keen to book your next trip.

You could stay at the five-star beachfront Bintang Bali Resort for five nights at just $800 per couple if you book today.

Soak up the sun at the resort’s pool bar. (Booking)

What is the worst time to go to Bali?

The months of December, January, and February are the worst time to visit Bali, as it’s the rainy season.

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portrait of beautiful woman in luxurious resort. Young girl taking a bath and relaxing at infinity swimming pool
Bali can get humid in the rainy season. (Getty)

What is the rainy season in Bali?

During the rainy season, Bali’s weather tends to be hot, humid, and muggy, with a lot of rainfall. The temperatures during the rainy season tend to range in the high 20s and low 30s.

While the rainfall can be quite heavy at times, it doesn’t usually rain all day – just a couple of hours here and there, especially in the afternoons and at night.

However, as it’s the low season for tourism, visitors to the island will be greeted with fewer crowds and lower prices. Bali’s landscape and vegetation are also far more lush, if you’re going inland to explore waterfalls and rainforests. 

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Jungle waterfall cascade in tropical rainforest with rock and turquoise blue pond. Banyumala twin waterfall in Bali, Indonesia.
Bali’s lush jungle comes alive in the rainy months. (Getty)

Conversely, Bali’s southern beaches (Kuta, Canggu, and Seminyak) can be dirty due to debris and trash washed onto the shore from the rain.

What time of year is cheapest to go to Bali?

The off-peak months will always be the cheapest time to visit Bali – between November and March.

There is less demand from visitors due to the rain during this time, meaning cheaper flights and hotels.

But if you’re not keen on the rain or humidity, consider visiting Bali during the shoulder season. Between April to June and September to October, you’ll hit the sweet spot of affordable prices and good weather.

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Is Bali warm in September?

Thanks to its position near the equator, Bali is warm year-round.

The weather in September is warm, sunny and almost rain-free, with average temperatures hovering in the mid-20s.

Bali, Indonesia, aerial view of Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple at sunrise.
Bali’s peak tourist months are in the middle of the year. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Best time to visit Bali with family

If you can be flexible around school holidays, the best time to head to Bali as a family is May, June and September – on either side of the expensive high season.

In the middle of the year, during the dry season, you’ll get the best weather for all the family-friendly activities that Bali has to offer, from swimming and snorkelling to visiting water parks and temples.

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Best time to visit Bali for honeymoon

Bali is a popular honeymoon spot, thanks to its wide range of luxury accomodation that suits all budgets.

There’s really no bad time for a honeymoon in Bali, but if you go between May and August you’ll be met with sunny weather and turquoise waters that the island is famous for.

Avoid the peak school holiday times in June/July and September/October if you’d prefer to soak up a kid-free atmosphere.

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