Bali Weather 2015.01.17

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Bali's tropical climate is the reason thousands of tourists visit the island every month. With the average temperature hovering between 27ºC - 30ºC, it makes for the perfect summer holiday destination pretty much year round.

Located just south of the equator, Bali experiences two very distinct seasons namely the "dry season" and the "wet season". Temperatures don't vary too drastically from one season to the next, however it's the humidity that sees a big change and that may affect your choice in when deciding to plan that paradise getaway.

Dry Season

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The pleasant dry season runs from April to October. This is the busiest time on the island, as humidity is at a low and temperatures are perfect for outdoor activities.

It's also the best time of the year for surfing, with consistent swells hitting almost daily. This is the time of year when spots like Uluwatu and Padang Padang become crowded and as a result, accommodation prices in the surrounding areas go up (sometimes as much as double).

The peak season in Bali are the months of July and August. No rain and pumping surf is too great an attraction for thousands of visitors, and it's best to book accommodation ahead of the time. Most hotels and villas offer hot water and air-conditioning, however during the dry season you can still get away with cold showers and fan-only rooms.

Wet Season

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Monsoon weather brings rain to Bali from November to March, with the wettest months being December and January when rainfall averages 280mm – 300mm falling monthly.  Many expats living on the island plan holidays back home during the wet season, when houses suddenly leak and roads can flood, but we actually don't mind the cooler months and occasional downpours.

If you're not a fan of humidity, this might not be the best time to visit Bali when levels  up to 85% can be a challenge to even the straightest, most well-behaved hair. These are also some of the hottest months and temperatures can soar above 30ºC.

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Another thing to consider if planning a trip to Bali during the wet season is whether you will be driving a bike or not. Challenging at the best of times, driving a bike or scooter in the pouring rain through Bali's traffic can be enough to send you home ahead of schedule.

Unfortunately at this time of year, currents wash pollution from other islands onto the southern beaches of Bali like Kuta, Legian and Seminyak. The locals do their best to clear up the beaches each morning but it's a never-ending job. For this reason we would recommend booking accommodation on the east coast, at Nusa Dua or Sanur for example.

The rain however doesn't stop people from coming to Bali to celebrate Christmas and New Year, when the island sees an increase in tourists coming to celebrate over the festive season.

During the wet season, the surf is better on the east coast at popular spots like Nusa Dua, Serangan and Keramas.

Summary

  • Dry season (April - October) : busiest time, accommodation more expensive
  • Wet season (November - March) : temperatures are cooler, humidity levels highest

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