Best Time to Visit Bali

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Bali. We created climate tables and charts for the location of Denpasar. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Bali for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 22 °C to 32 °C
Waves Symbol 27 °C to 29 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 1.3412.83 in (3 – 16 Days of Rain)
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Geographical location

Despite an area of about 3500 miles² Bali is probably the most famous island of Indonesia, but by far not the largest. Indonesia consists of giants such as Borneo, Java and Sulawesi.

Together with Nusa Tenggara, Bali is one of the so-called Small Sunda Islands in the Indian Ocean and stretches over a total north-south length of about 60 miles. According to the latest estimates, about 4.5 million people live in Bali, whose largest city Denpasar is also the provincial capital.

Bali has more inhabitants than Rhineland-Palatinate, but only about 30% of the area. Since most tourists settle in the bathing resorts in the south, however, in the centre, in the west and north of the island there is quite peace and in many places unexcited idyll. The province also includes the smaller neighbouring islands of Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida.

About 75% of the island area of Bali is mountainous and of volcanic origin, Gunung Agung is the highest peak at 3031 metres. Popular tourist destinations near Bali are the islands of Lombok and the Gili Islands off the coast.

Climate in Bali

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Tempel Bali (tawatchai1990)  lizensiertes Stockfoto Bali has a tropical climate with high temperatures and quite high humidity all year round. The rainy season in Bali is determined by monsoon rains from the northwest and usually falls between mid-November and March.

Due to the mountains in the interior of the island, however, there is a very uneven removal of the rain clouds, especially the beaches in the north of the island have to expect only about half as much precipitation as the south. The heaviest rains are in January and February. Even in the dry season, when humidity and temperatures drop slightly, daytime temperatures of over 30 °C still prevail.

Bali’s beaches are suitable for swimming all year round with a constant water temperature of 27 °C to 29 °C with the exception of particularly stormy days. Because of the proximity to the equator there are no typical seasons apart from the dry and rainy seasons. The sun rises almost daily around 06:30 o’clock and disappears around 18:30 o’clock after a very short twilight phase from the horizon.

Best Time to Visit Bali: Overview

JanuaryJan
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FebruaryFeb
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MarchMar
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up to 8.62 in of rainof rain
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NovemberNov
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DecemberDec
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When to go to Bali?


The question of the best travel season in Bali is largely determined by the rainy season described above. We recommend the months April to October as ideal travel period, whereby in the high season between June and August by the summer holidays in Europe and winter holidays in Australia quite high overnight accomodation prices are to be expected.

Experience has shown that the ideal mixture of good weather, reasonable prices and a pleasant number of visitors can therefore be found in the months of April, May, September and the first half of October.

This recommendation applies not only to bathing holidays, but also largely to climbing Gunung Agung as well as to water sports, surfers and divers. The months of June to September are particularly recommended, while the rainy season should be avoided if possible due to short visibility, rough seas and the risk of slipping on the hiking trails.

Climate Chart Bali

Denpasar

Climate Chart Denpasar
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Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Table Bali

In the following, you will find the climate table for Bali, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Denpasar (Bali)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature31°31°31°32°31°30°30°30°31°31°32°31°
Night Temperature24°24°24°23°23°22°22°22°23°23°24°24°
Water Temperature28°28°28°29°28°28°27°27°27°27°28°29°
Precipitation (inch)12.8312.88.233.313.072.832.41.342.134.337.5211.54
Rainy days1613106554335813
Hours of Sunshine555777777766
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Denpasar is 27.2 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: November (27.8 °C)
Coldest month: July (26 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Denpasar is 29 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
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Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 72.32 inch on 91 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): January, February, March, November, and December
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 52.91 in

You cannot expect snow in any month in Denpasar.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, August is the sunniest month with an average of 7.4 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 6.3 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Highlights and Sights


One of the most popular attractions in Bali is the artists’ town of Ubud with its many galleries and shops as well as the sacred monkey forest. A visit to the surrounding rice terraces is a must for every holidaymaker. Of course the many temples on Bali are also very popular, especially Uluwatu, Tanah Lot, Tirta Gangga and Ulun Danu Bratan are the most famous holy places of the island.

The most beautiful beaches on Bali are the bay of Nusa Dua with Geger Beach, Balangan Beach near Kuta and Jemeluk Beach in Amed. Our favourite, however, is the beach section directly at the beach bar “Finn’s Beach Club” near Uluwatu, which is only about 180 meters narrow.

Popular Activities

More attractions

Bali: Best of Nusa Penida Full-Day Tour by Fast Boat | UNESCO Sites: Bedugul, Jatiluwih & Tanah Lot Full Day Tour | Best of Central Bali: Waterfall, Elephant Cave & Rice Fields | Bali Zoo: Breakfast with the Orangutans | Bali Zoo: Dinner with the Elephants | Bali: Sacred Temples and Sunset Tour | Bali: Full-Day Spiritual Cleansing and Shamanic Healing Tour |

Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Denpasar (Station Karyadharma)
few clouds     few clouds, 30 °C
Clouds: 20 %       Wind: 11 mph W
Air Pressure: 1011 hPa       Humidity: 79 %
Last updated: 18th Nov 2018, 05:00 am
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moderate rain23 °C to 29 °Csky is clear21 °C to 32 °Csky is clear20 °C to 32 °Clight rain26 °C to 28 °Clight rain26 °C to 28 °Clight rain27 °C to 28 °C
23 °C to 29 °C21 °C to 32 °C20 °C to 32 °C26 °C to 28 °C26 °C to 28 °C27 °C to 28 °C
Clouds: 32 %Clouds: 0 %Clouds: 0 %Clouds: 4 %Clouds: 3 %Clouds: 46 %
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Weather information provided by OpenWeatherMap. (CC BY-SA)
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Indonesia: Regions

Bali is part of the holiday destination Indonesia. We analyzed the climate for additional regions, in order to provide you with information about the best time to visit and the expected holiday weather:

Bali: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 10 reviews for Bali holiday already. Average rating is 3.6 of 5 stars.
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    Erich, 56 years old was there in June

    Partly cloudy, partly rain and sun and very warm simply good.

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Annabelle, 30 years old was there in May

    The weather was great. Every day approx. 34 – 38 degrees. In the two weeks we were there, it rained only once for about 5 minutes. Otherwise pure sunshine and a pleasant climate.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Kati, 28 years old was there in March

    In March there are hardly any tourists in the north of the island, but you have to reckon with at least a thunderstorm of heavy rain during the day.

    Weather Rating: 2 stars – Tricky

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    Michael, 48 years old was there in May

    Mostly sunny, little wind, in the afternoon cloudy with rare tendency to thunderstorms. In the evening the clouds collapsed. Sometimes a little rain in the second half of the night.

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Lauren, 29 years old was there in June

    The weather in June was perfect. Some clouds made the warmth very bearable, there was no rain in three weeks.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Silvia, 38 years old was there in January

    At the beginning of the rainy season I made a diving trip to Bali, the visibility was catastrophic and the sea restless. Since then I always check before booking when the best travel time is 🙂

    Weather Rating: 1 stars – Mostly bad

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    Sascha, 32 years old was there in October

    October 2015 the weather was mostly good, with 2-3 cloudier days and 1 day of rain. All in all, however, for a tropical destination like Bali it is absolutely fine, especially as you are on the road a lot anyway and don’t just hang around on the beach.

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Niklas, 29 years old was there in September

    Great weather in the south, in Ubud and further north in Lovina. In the middle of September we continued to Lombok and the Gili Islands and also had excellent weather there.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Isabell, 33 years old was there in April

    Weather was very changeable. From two weeks of vacation we had almost one week of rain. This didn’t bother us personally, but the island was comparatively quiet and many attractions were not so overrun. Because it is tropically warm, the travel time can be endured anyway.

    Weather Rating: 2 stars – Tricky

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    Robert, 31 years old was there in September

    We were on the road in Bali for almost three weeks in September 2015. The daytime temperatures were always above 30 degrees Celsius, we had lots of sunshine and the best bathing weather. Only on two days it was very cloudy and there were short, strong showers for a few minutes. Afterwards it cleared up again!

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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