The Weather in Bali and Best time to go
Bali weather is mostly warm and humid throughout the year. Between the months of May and September you will have sunny days for the most part, with an average temperature of 31 degrees Celsius year-round. Most visitors who love tropical sun, sand and surf will favour these mid-year months out of the rest, and consider it the best time to go. The windy months are June and August, which is also considered the kite season in Bali.
The wet season in Bali follows after, from October to April, with occasional downpours over the highlands to the island’s coastal areas. Be prepared for some rain and overcast skies throughout these months, with most of the downpours between Christmas time and February. Bali weather, despite the drizzles, still offers some fun and exciting things to do. Moreover, some surfing locations along the southern coasts offer fun waves in both seasons.
Best Time to Go to Bali
For cooler times in Bali, the best time to visit is between the months of May and August, when humidity levels on the island are at its lowest. During this period the air is drier and pleasant for outdoor activities and overland sightseeing tours. The skies in Bali are also clear and blue during this time, which is also great for outdoor and landscape photography.
Hottest Time in Bali
Balmy Bali weather in the coastal areas can reach humidity levels of up to 75%, and the island receives an ample 12 hours of sunlight with average daytime temperatures ranging from 27 to 32 degrees Celsius. Sunrise is between 05:50 and 06:23 and sunset between 18:15 and 18:47. Average daytime temperatures in the cooler highlands average from 21 to 27 degrees Celsius, dropping sharply low during night time.
Low Season in Bali
Bali usually sees its ‘peak’ season around Christmas and New Year, from December 24 to January 5, and a dry season equivalent between July 1 and September 30. From October through November, and right after the New Year, hotel bookings in Bali are usually at their lowest. Widely regarded as the 'low' season, the usually wet Bali weather around these months see residents having their umbrellas and ponchos at hand.
This is when you can expect lower hotel rates, together with all sorts of benefits on offer. You can also anticipate lesser crowds during these months. Also, you can enjoy quieter roads, thus faster access times from your hotel to locations of interest during certain national holidays, such as the Muslim celebration of Ramadan, with its peak on the day of Eid-ul-Fitr, 'Idul Fitri'. Idul Fitri falls on 17-18 July 2015, with 15, 16, and 20 July marked as joint holidays.
The reason for this ‘quieter’ scene is due to much of the non-Balinese populace fleeing the island to head home for the holidays. A similar situation in the dense southern region and business districts of Bali occurs over the Nyepi, 'silent day' or Saka New Year celebrations when residents return to their respective regencies to rejoice with their families.