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Best time to visit Bali?

If you are on a budget
if you like activities

If you are on a budget
October

  • Cheaper flights
  • Cheapest accomodation
  • Warm temperatures
  • Low rainfall
  • Less crowded

The best time to travel to Bali is in October. October is considered to be the end of the peak season in Bali. Prices for flights and accommodation are cheaper than the peak months of June, July, August and September. The weather is still warm and there is minimal rainfall on the island. Traffic and crowds will be dying down by October meaning that you’ll pay less for goods and services and have your run of the island sans crowds.

if you like activities
April - September

  • Sunny skies
  • Low humidity
  • Best for activities
  • Best for social scene

If you’re after the atmosphere of a bustling tourist spot complete with sunny skies and more outdoor activities than you can handle, plan your Bali trip from April through till September. This is considered the dry season, meaning you’ll see less rain and more people.

Bali weather

The weather in Bali can be divided into two main seasons, wet and dry. As the names imply the major difference between the two seasons comes down to rainfall. For those looking for bright sunny days with little to no chance of rain, the dry season goes from May through till September. But for those not deterred by some rainfall, the temperatures during the wet season still remain high as Bali enjoys a tropical climate.

Average rainfall in Bali by month

in millimetres

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Average temperature in Bali by month

in degress celcius

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Bali flights

Fluctuations in flight price correlate to how busy Bali is during the year. You’re more likely to pay more for a flight during the dry season as this is the most popular time for visitors to travel to Bali. The most expensive month for flying to Bali however is December during the holiday period. The cheapest month for booking flights to Bali is February which is in the wet season and the island is quieter for tourism.

Average price of flight to Bali by month

Brisbane departure, accurate as of June 2019, averages collected by kayak.com.au

$ Cheapest $$ Expensive
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Bali accommodation

The cheapest times for accommodation in Bali coincide with the wet season, October through to March. During this time, tourism numbers are lower so hotels in Bali are cheaper due to a lack of demand and act as a draw to bring more people in. Be wary of booking accommodation during December however as the holiday period around Christmas and New Years see a big spike in tourists and prices.

Average accommodation price by month

average of hotel prices for 7 nights with 2 guests, 3 star hotels located within Kuta accurate as of June 2019

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Bali ON/Off peak periods

Bali’s busiest season for tourists occurs from early July through till the end of August. This means these months are not only the busiest but also when it is the most expensive. These months fall within the dry season meaning that temperatures are high and rainfall is low. Off peak season usually falls between October through to March when the island is less crowded. Christmas and New Years also are peak travel times for Bali as people utilise the holiday period to travel.

Bali ON/OFF periods

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International arrivals into Indonesia 2018

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Festivals and events in Bali

Bali has some amazing events and festivals on year-round you can take part in if you time it right. Here are some of the most popular events and festivals happening in Bali and when and where you can join in.

Bali Arts Festival

Bali Arts Festival

The Bali Arts Festival is the perfect opportunity for tourists to experience the cultural delights Bali has to offer. Running from mid-June to mid-July, the Arts festival is the best time to witness parades, dances, art exhibitions and various cultural performances. If you’re in Denpasar during the festival, make sure you stop by the Bali Arts Centre where the majority of events will take place.

Day of Silence

Day of Silence

Based off the Saka calendar, the day of Nyepi, day of silence, happens on a different date each year on the night of a new moon usually in March or April. It involves a day of silence, fasting and meditation. No work, fires, entertainment or travelling is allowed from 6am until 6am the next day and people are asked to keep to their accommodation and to stay off the beaches and streets.

Bali Kite Festival

Bali Kite Festival

If you’re trip to Bali coincides with the windy season in July and August, be sure to check out the Bali Kite Festival on the east coast of Padanggalak. Though it was originally held to thank the heavens for abundant crops and harvests, today the festival boasts hundreds of kite troupes competing for prizes with both traditional Balinese kites and their more modern counterparts.

Surfing in Bali

Surfing in Bali

For travellers looking to head to Bali for it’s famous surf scene, knowing when the waves will be at their best is vital. Surfers of all experience levels can enjoy the many surfing spots the island has to offer.

With warm ocean temperatures throughout the year Bali enjoys a consistent swell from the Southern Ocean. Surfing seasons can be broken down by the dry season (May to September) and the wet season (November to March). The west coast of Bali sees big swells during the dry season, while the east coast of Bali is the place to be during the wet season, but be prepared for a bit of rain.

West Coast

Better in the dry season

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Better in the wet season

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Do I need a visa for Bali?

Before you head off on your trip to Bali here are some important things you need to know before you go.

  • Australians looking to travel to Bali for less than 30 days do not require a travel visa. The only requirement is a Passport that is valid for 12 months from the date of arrival.
  • For Australian travellers looking to stay longer than 30 days, they will need to apply for a visitor visa upon arrival to Bali. The VOA, Visa on Arrival is available for travellers looking to stay between 30-60 days in Bali.
  • For Australian travellers looking to stay longer than 60 days, they will need to apply for a Social Budaya Visa which allows travellers to stay for up to 6 months in Bali. This Visa needs to be processed before arrival into Indonesia and requires sponsorship from an Indonesian citizen, school/university or volunteer work program.

This information was sourced from balispirit.com/community/blog/visas-you-need-for-bali-indonesia as of 2019.

Health risks in Bali

Dengue Fever

There are no vaccinations to prevent dengue fever which is transmitted through mosquito bites. Symptoms include fever, aching joints and muscles, vomiting, headaches and nausea.

Hepatitis A

Symptoms include fever, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Extreme cases can result in liver damage.

Typhoid

Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Malaria

Malaria is transmitted through mosquito bites. There are no available vaccinations to protect against Malaria, therefore bite prevention is the main deterrent. Symptoms include fever, chills, headache, nausea, vomiting, muscle pain, fatigue and abdominal pain.

Rabies

Rabies is a result of the rabies virus which is transmitted through the saliva of infected animals such as dogs and monkeys. Symptoms include dizziness, fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, musclespasms and headaches.

What vaccinations do I need for Bali?

IMPORTANT

Vaccinations need to be taken before leaving for your trip. Try to get your vaccines 4-8 weeks before your trip.

High priority: Tetanus Diphteria vaccine

Needs to be done every 10 years. Protects against Tetanus which occurs when bacteria enters a wound and produces a neurotoxin that causes muscle rigidity and painful spasms.

High priority: Typhoid vaccine

Protects against Thyphoid Fever which occurs when salmonella is transmitted via contaminated food or water.

High priority: Hepatitis A vaccine

Protects against Hepatitis A, an infection of the liver, which occurs when contaminated food or water is consumed or when contact is made with infected people.

This information was sourced from bali.com/vaccinations-health-diseases.html as of 2019.

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Bali FAQ's

When is the rainy season in Bali?

The rainy season in Bali goes from October through to April. This is also referred to as the low or wet season.

What is the cheapest month to fly to Bali?

Based on averages from the last five years, February is the cheapest month to fly to Bali.

Is February a good time to visit Bali?

February is the cheapest month to fly to Bali, has cheaper accommodation and is quieter as a result of the rainy season.

Is Bali expensive to visit?

Depending on the time of year, visiting Bali can be very cheap. To take advantage of the cheaper travel periods, time your visit with the wet season from October through to April.

What can you do in Bali?

Bali offers a wide range of activities for people of all interests, from tours to relaxation to partying in the city central.

Am I covered in the event of volcanic activity?

You will be covered in the event of a volcanic eruption if the following condition is met; The volcanic event was not publicly known prior to purchasing the travel insurance policy. See the product disclosure statement for further cover details.

Am I covered for motorcycling when I go travelling?

To be covered for claims on a two and three wheeled motor vehicle you must comply with the following conditions:

  • As the driver or passenger you must wear a helmet (this is irrespective of the law of the country you are in)

As the Driver:

  • You must hold a driving licence appropriate for the country you are in and
  • If using a motorcycle rated 125cc or higher, you must hold a current and valid licence required for driving the equivalent rated motorcycle in Australia.

Helpful travel tools

If you’re planning a trip to Bali, be sure to check out our Bali travel guide to help you decide where to stay and the best way to get around.

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