Thinking about your next holiday? If Bali is on your list, you might be wondering about the best time to visit this holiday island. Today we’ll run through all the factors you may want to consider before you book your Bali holiday. If you want to get the most out of your trip to Bali, read on.
Rainy & Dry Seasons
Bali is just slightly south of the equator and has a tropical climate. This means it only has 2 seasons, wet and dry. Dry season runs from around April to September and wet season from October to March.
Of course this doesn’t mean there is no rain at all from April to September and no dry days from October to March. Some years there is much less rain and some much more. However, Bali’s wet season isn’t like a monsoon season in other Asian countries. It tends to be more like downpours in the afternoons before clearing again in the evening.
The temperature in both seasons stays at an average of about 28°C. It can get a bit chillier in the evenings in dry season and more sticky and humid just before and in the wet season.
High & Low Season for Tourists
Another consideration is the amount of tourists that book their holidays in certain seasons. If you would rather come at a quieter time, book outside the high and peak seasons between June and August and again in December – January.
This might mean you’ll be coming in the rainy season but you should weigh up the pros and cons. For example less traffic and lower rates might mean putting up with a bit of rain.
If you’re staying at Lotus Bungalows Candidasa you don’t have to worry too much about high season. It can get booked up, but Candidasa is generally a pretty sleepy town so there isn’t the problem of traffic congestion, busy sidewalks, waiting for a table, or loud bars and clubs to contend with.
If you’re a diver the seasons will come into play when booking your Bali holiday for a couple of reasons. First of all, you will probably be looking at sea conditions like temperature and visibility.
The waters around Bali are pretty warm year round with an average of 29°C. The chilliest waters are around Nusa Penida and Secret Bay, which can get down to about 24°C in the dry season.
The temperature doesn’t much matter but the visibility definitely does. Between December and January heavy rains can have a serious effect on visibility, especially around Candidasa and other east coast dive sites. Diving from May to November is much better for visibility.
The other factor in choosing when to dive in Bali is what you might see. The best time of year to see Manta rays is April and May, so this could be a consideration for you. If you want to see Mola-mola (oceanic sunfish) book somewhere between August and October when they are passing by the Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan area.
If you’d like more information about diving options, Gangga Divers at Lotus Bungalows Candidasa are more than happy to help.
Ready to Book a Bali Trip?
Bali really is a year round destination so thinking about what you really want to get out of your holiday is essential. Ask yourself if you want to sunbathe all day, dive as much as possible, or explore the island’s culture and traditions. The weather, tourist numbers and dive conditions will probably factor into your decision. What are the most important factors for you when you book a holiday? We’d be really interested to hear in the comments below.