Our Indonesia travel guide aims to point responsible travellers in the right direction when it comes to what we rate & what we don’t as well as all the information you need on food, shopping & people to assist in your quest to discover Indonesia like a local.
Best time to visit Bali
Bali's proximity to the equator creates balanced, year-round temperatures with a rainy season from Oct to May and the dry season on the flip side.
Sandwiched between the island's seasonal split you'll find the best time to visit Bali is June or Sept as it's drier, not so humid, and European kids haven't broken up from school. Australians break up for their winter holidays the last week of June and first two weeks of July – you have been warned. Although it rains in Jan-April and Oct-Nov it's still a great time of year to visit as prices are down, there are fewer crowds and it's usually bright in the morning followed by an afternoon downpour, to freshen things up a bit.
Bali Weather Chart
When to visit Bali, month by month
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What happens when in Bali
Jeremy Kwan, from our supplier Intrepid Travel, shares his best time to go snorkelling in Bali, and why: “The dry season, from April to October, is the best time to go snorkelling in Bali, especially around Menjangan Island. Water clarity is much better and you can expect to see numerous types of nudibranchs, trevallies, fusiliers, flounders, razor fish, catfish and clown fish.”
Festivals & events in Bali
Nyepi – the Day of Silence
This Hindu celebration and public holiday is held the day before Balinese New Year. Nyepi consists of fasting, meditation and being as quiet as possible with airports closing and TV stations switching off as the whole island observes 24hrs of self-reflection. The day before Nyepi is quite the opposite as unmarried men, especially in the villages, parade demonic effigies, known as Ogoh-Ogoh, as well as undertaking mock fights and generally making as much noise as possible to scare away the evil spirits before burning the Ogoh-Ogoh as the Day of Silence begins at 6am.
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