Bali is a world-renowned tropical holiday destination, frequented by tourists from all over the globe. While many people associate the place with hot, sunny weather and long days, Bali has two distinct seasons, the dry and monsoon seasons. The wet (monsoon) season runs from November to April while the dry season is from May to October. Planning a trip to Bali requires you to check not just the weather and the people, but also hotel prices and local events to make sure you get to enjoy the best of Bali.

When is the Best Time to Travel to Bali?

Considered the high season for traveling to Bali are the months of July and August – the middle of the dry season. Because the weather is at its warmest during these months, the hotel prices are at their highest and the beaches at their busiest. However, the best time to book your holidays is on just before the onset of the high season. In May, June, or September, the weather is still fairly dry but the hotel prices are up to 50% lower than normal season rates, and the island is much less crowded. Hence, you get to enjoy the Bali’s beaches and the comforts of beautiful hotel accommodation.

What Months Should Travelers Avoid?

The monsoon season is not only wet but very humid too, making it feel even warmer than it really is. During the monsoon months, It doesn’t necessarily rain all day every day but it is much wetter than the dry season. Travelers who plan for long days of lounging under the sun will be disappointed if they travel to Bali in the months of November to April.

The Day of Silence, Nyepi is observed during the Hindu New Year and falls in March or April (note that the date changes each year, similar to Easter). It is a day of fasting and reflection for Balinese Hindus. Businesses close, beaches are empty, and tourists can do nothing but stay in their hotel premises as there are no other activities you can engage in. When planning a trip to Bali, it is best to look into when this particular holy day falls and mark it on your calendar as the date not to be in Bali.

What to do During a Rainy Day on Bali?

Travelers venturing to Bali just before and after the high season may occasionally experience a rainy day or two. But Bali tourism is no stranger to rains, and there are still a number of things to do.

  • Spa Treatments: Bali is known for its luxurious spa treatments and pampering oneself is the perfect way to spend time on a rainy day.
  • Art and Craft Workshops: From Batik textiles to wood carving, Bali is rich in arts and crafts and many places offer practical workshops and tutorials to tourists – a good way to while away the idle time.
  • Shopping: Shopping for souvenirs is a must-have Bali experience, and there are many covered markets and malls selling everything from local produce to fashion clothing.

Festivals and Events in the Fringe Season:

There are many interesting events on the Balinese calendar. Travelers who want to add culture, color and excitement to their vacation may want to take these into account when booking a trip to Bali:

  • Bali Arts Festival (11th June – 9th July): This vibrant, month-long festival celebrates and showcases all of the best of Bali arts and culture and is very popular among locals and visitors alike.
  • Sanur Village Festival (24th – 28th September): An exciting extravaganza of water sports, activities, cuisine and music that attract adventurous travelers from around the globe.