Bali Weather – When to Go
Bali has two main seasons, a wet season and a dry season. The wet season usually falls in the months of October through April, while the dry season occurs between May until September. The most popular season for travel and beach holidays in Indonesia is the dry season. Even though the wet season sees more rain, the downpour will most often be delivered by intense tropical showers lasting only a couple of hours a day. The temperature fluctuates around 27 ºC (81 ºF) all year round.
Bali, Lombok, Gili Islands, and other surrounding islands can be visited all year, although rural travel may be affected by muddy roads during the rainy season. As you can see in our Bali infographic, the sweet spot for traveling to the area falls during April to June. During this time the weather is good and you have good chances of finding a good hotel deal in Bali, Lombok, or Gili.
Bali Annual Weather Chart
Please note that the weather chart shows the average temperature of a 24 hour span. Temperatures can be expected to be slightly higher during daytime and lower during the night. This Bali weather chart also applies to Lombok, Gili Islands, and other islands in the area.
Bali – Surfing, Yoga, and Hedonism
Ubud is Bali’s cultural capital, where you will find quirky cafes, art shops, creative hubs for designers and digital nomads, and stunning resorts among the rice fields that surround the city. In Bali, you will encounter the spiritualism and cultural vigilance of the local residents, and there is no shortage of picturesque temples and mythical figures.
Among top activities, Bali offers great surfing, tranquil yoga retreats, diverse diving, volcano hiking, rave parties, and temple experiences. The only drawback is perhaps that whatever made you come to Bali, probably also convinced thousands of other visitors to join the fun. You have to make an effort if you want to step out of the tourism mill, but it is possible with a little adventurousness. Remember, if you can’t find your Robinson Crusoe beach in Bali, Indonesia has about 17,000 other islands to choose from.
While Lombok and the Gili Islands used to be an exotic escape from the busy beaches of Bali, these islands have risen in popularity, and can be easily reached. As is often the case in Southeast Asia, the beaches in the Bali region tend to cater to different segments, so make sure you research the options before you select your beach accommodation.
Most of the local restaurants are Chinese or Indonesian restaurants serving well-known national dishes such as Padang food, nasi goreng, redang beef, satay, and fried rice. Local to Bali is the serving of pork in their meals, due to the predominantly Hindu population. The local dishes are mostly accompanied with rice or noodles.