Do you plan to go to Bali this holiday? When is the best time to visit Bali? Before you start buying ticket and packing, don’t forget to choose the right vacation time because Bali is the most visited tourist destination. The place is always packed with people coming to enjoy the beauty of this island. If you choose the wrong time for your vacation to Bali, you may end up being disappointed instead of having the excitement of the holiday.
To experience an unforgettable holiday experience, you must know how to choose the best vacation time to visit various tourist attractions in Bali. The island has numerous places to visit and it seems impossible to explore the entire area in Bali in a day. Therefore, choose exciting and fun places.
So, when is the best time to vacation on the island of Gods? There are several factors that influence the decision of the tourists to choose when to have a vacation in Bali.
- There is a school holiday. During this period, Bali will be flooded with parents and children who enjoy their holidays.
- Year-end holidays are the most chosen time by tourists to visit Bali because they will have a long holiday.
- The climate and weather in Bali also need to be considered since during rainy season, tourist will not be able to enjoy beaches or other water sport activities.
The Climate in Bali
Since Bali is located around 8 degrees south of the equator, so it has a tropical climate which means warm and humid throughout the year with its two main seasons: dry and rainy seasons.
The central mountains (volcanoes) of Bali including some of the peaks reach over 3000 meters in elevation. In this high altitude area, the temperature is cooler, and it has more rainfall compared to the coastal area.
The dry season
During April until September Bali is having a dry season. July and August is the time when Bali has the most visitor numbers. Temperatures are fairly constant throughout the year. At the dry season, tourists can enjoy clean beaches and the beauty of Bali. However, there is occasional rainfall during this season. Even the locals sometimes are surprised at how dry Bali can be during the rainy season and vice versa.
From October to March is the time when Bali becomes much quieter since during that period Bali is showered with rainfall. The sea becomes rougher and quite often the beaches and the sea in the south, such as Seminyak, Legian, and Kuta, are polluted with the debris washed ashore throughout January and February. Although it doesn’t happen all the time, it can occur occasionally and it is mostly influenced by the conditions of the wind and currents.
The winds at the coast are generally stronger in the rainy season. As for the water currents, they will accumulate and can rain like cats and dogs, but it will stop in the next a few hours and the sky will be brighter again. It rains frequently during the night and the days will be bright without the rain. During the rainy season, there is a period of time when rain keeps falling for consecutive days although it is quite rare. There was a time rain didn’t fall in December in Bali like in 2014. Even November was dry like July or August. Recently, the world climate is getting unpredictable so weather anomaly can occur in almost every part of the world.
Central Bali and the mountains
Compared to the lower coastal areas, the weather in the central mountain area of Bali is usually much cooler and rainier. Moreover, during the night, the temperatures in the high altitude area near volcanoes can fall down drastically. For example, Gunung Agung has a height of 3031 meters. The area around Ubud is also a bit colder and it may rainier compared to the southern parts of Bali, such as Sanur, Kuta, Seminyak, Legian, Denpasar, Pecatu, and Peninsula Bukit, which makes the region very enjoyable.
The general climate throughout the year
Bali has a warm tropical climate since it is located very close to the equator and it can be expected that the island becomes a great tourist attraction thanks to its climate. The average temperature throughout the year is about 26 to 27 ° C with humidity at around 85 to 90%. The temperature of the water is always agreeable. The two kinds of weather are not always evident and completely predictable. Christmas and New Year are the peak seasons in Bali.
Travelers from the all over the place will visit Bali to enjoy the beaches, diving, surfing, restaurants, spas, club, and all that this island has to provide though during this period of time Bali is having a rainy season. In the rainy season, you can do anything, but climb the volcanoes and go for a trekking in the highlands, and indeed it is more enjoyable if the day is bright and it is more fun to explore the island.
With global warming, it is getting hard to predict the weather patterns. Now it seems less and less possible to provide a solid forecast. It means you may need a bit of luck and you have to prepare for the unexpected.
The Best Time to Visit Bali
During May until October
May until October is when tourists can expect dry season. The condition of Indonesia with a tropical climate has two seasons, dry and rainy season. Except for May to October, the rest of the months are when the rain falls. Therefore, there will be a lot of outdoor tourism activities that are more suitable from May to October because that is the dry season.
When visiting Bali during the dry season, tourist can enjoy outdoor activities will not have to worry about being disrupted by the weather. In other words, free to explore anything. Moreover, tourism activities in Bali will be more dominated by outdoor tourism activities, such as trekking, hiking, diving, snorkeling or surfing.
November until April
Next is November to April. For most tourists, surfing is one of the most favorite activities when visiting Bali. Well, the best recommendation for the right time for that is starting from November until April. The types of wave in Bali will certainly vary. So, you have to find the right one to get better surfing.
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The suitable area for surfing during these months is the east coast of Bali. Some beaches that are recommended to be visited are Bugbug Beach, Mendira Beach, and many more. Throughout these months, the ocean waves were indeed bigger. So it will be suitable for professional surfers.
April to October
Next is April to October. If the previous information mentioned about the suitable time for surfing on the East coast of Bali, then April to October is more suitable for surfing on the west coast. The types of waves in these months are suitable for surfers with medium to advanced abilities.
Some beaches can be visited, such as Medewi Beach and Baluk Rening beach. Both beaches are very potential for surfing from April until October. In those months, stronger wind will blow which creates great waves for surfers.
Do you know that throughout April until October, on the west coast of Bali the big winds will blow which create medium-sized ocean waves? Well, this wave is suitable for you intermediate and advanced surfers.