The Best Time to Visit Bali |Bali Weather 2013.10.21

wet v dry 3 Bali is a tropical paradise island located near the equator, with seasons divided into "wet" and "dry" rather than "summer" and "winter" as sunshine is pretty much guaranteed every day anyway. Both seasons have their own unique pros and cons that may influence your decision when planning a trip.

Dry Season

The dry season generally runs from April to October. This is undoubtedly the best time of the year for surfers, as consistent swells hit the coast to produce quality surf almost daily. Some of the best spots to surf during the dry season include Uluwatu, Padang Padang, Balangan and Bingin.

The fresh air also makes it more bearable for visiting tourists, and often times air-conditioning is not even necessary.

Prices go up during the dry season, particularly during the peak period of July and August. It's also a lot more crowded during these months, with the pumping surf attracting wave-riders from around the world. It's a good idea to book your accommodation (at least for the first couple of nights) in advance as many places will be full.

Wet Season

Monsoon weather brings rain to Bali from November to March, with the wettest months being December and January. These are also the hottest months  of the year and daily temperatures are often over 30 degrees. The added rain makes it extremely humid, and you'll do best to find accommodation with air-conditioning, if you can afford it.

Bali's road's become a tricky affair during the wet season, and are often flooded. If you're not confident on a bike in perfect sunny conditions then extra care should be taken on wet days. The heavy rains also carry any rubbish from the river mouths into the sea, which in turn washes up onto the beaches.

In addition, it seems mosquitoes are worse during the rainy season. Cover up after sunset, use an effective insect repellent spray and make sure your bed has a proper mosquito net (without any holes).

Summary
  • Bali has two main seasons - wet and dry.
  • Dry season has the best surf, but is crowded and can be over-priced
  • Dry season must haves: waterproof SPF sun block, sun hat
  • Wet season is hot and humid and mosquitoes tend to be worse
  • Wet season must haves: rain poncho, insect repellent



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